Week 14 – Activity Feedback

My 3 favorite activities:

  • Wk 7 – Group Video Activity. This was one of my favorites because I enjoy making skits and working with other people in group projects.
  • Wk 4 – Graffiti Writing. This was a very fun art experience in my opinion because people make graffiti writing look so easy, but you don’t realize how difficult it is until you try it for yourself.
  • Wk 3 – Snapchat. I love how you can take a picture of a lifeless scene and bring it to life with snapchat drawing. This activity really made you think about how you composed a picture because it would either make or break your drawings

My 3 least favorite activities:

  • Wk 5 – Cuisine, Couture or Coiffure. This was one of my least favorites because being a dormer without a car, I had limited access to resources that would help me with this art experience. On the contrary, I feel my opinion is of the minority and I can also see how this activity could be very enjoyable for people.
  • Wk 8 – Automatic Drawing. This activity was definitely interesting, but compared to the other activities I found this one very lackluster. It could just be because I didn’t spend enough time on the drawing.
  • Wk 2 – Plaster Casting. Since I was unable to go to the beach with the class, I found it rather difficult gathering all of the materials to do this on my own. Other than that, I thought this art experience was a fun and well documented one.

I think that this class was overall a fun experience and pretty easy. What I think could make this class better would be to restructure what we did on Tuesdays where we would usually talk about two artists and compare them. I found it interesting learning about the artists, but I didn’t retain a lot of the information from those days.


Wk 10 – Classmate Conversation – Leon Phung


Leon Phung is a second year here at California State University Long Beach. Leon is a civil engineering major and would like to one day become a building inspector. Leon’s favorite food is steak that he cooked himself. Asked if he could be any animal he wanted and why, Leon’s response with saying he would want to be a lion because it is similar to his name. Leon enjoys cars and during his free time he enjoys cruising around and spending times with his friends in his car.

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Gallery: Gatov East

Media: Oil, Pastel

Website: HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: Artist has no Instagram

Helen is graduate student here at California State University Long Beach working on her last semester. She will finish with her MFA in drawing and painting. Helen grew up in New York, and when she turned eighteen years old, she moved to Boston Massachusetts where she went to school. After school she ended up teaching for thirteen years, then moved to California because she said, “I was tired of the snow and rain.” After moving to California, she taught middle school for three years as an art teacher, then became a school librarian in North Hollywood. During her free time, she enjoys reading and gardening.

Helen cox’s artwork is very interesting. Most of her work includes long strokes from either the oil paints or the pastels. In some of her pieces, these long strokes are used to simulate movement and almost a chaotic scene, while in others, it is used to show texture on the carrousel horses.

About a year ago during that winter break, Helen said he started to keep a sketch book of what she wanted to express. She picked the theme of a merry-go-round with adults spinning in circles because she felt as if it represented how society is always spinning in circles. She also went to Griffith Park and sketched on the merry-go-round there for four hours straight.

The Silent Screams exhibition for me was very compelling for me. At first, I really enjoyed the art for its physically appearance. When I first walked it, I didn’t even think about the message behind the art because I was so mesmerized by its beauty. Later when I learned about the process which was taken to make the artwork and the message behind it, my mind was blown. I can definitely relate with the message behind the art because the reality is, some people are just spinning in circles and never changing. This is one of my biggest motivations, to never get sucked into this never ending loop and to be always improving and bettering myself.

Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Ciprian Robielos


Ciprian Robielos is a second year here at California State University Long Beach. Cip is a film major and would like to one day become a director or producer. His dream is to work in Hollywood not to become famous, but to get a name for himself. Currently, his favorite movie is deal pool, favorite food is wings, favorite color is any darker shade of red, and favorite song is Simple Song by The Shins. If Cip could be any type of animal, he said he would want to be a wolf. Cip enjoys this class because he gets to meet new people and gets to experience different types of art which he normally wouldn’t do.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Media: Metals (Silver and Copper)

Website: Artist has no website

Instagram: Artist has no Instagram

Sean is on her final year here at California State University Long Beach. She is expecting to graduate this semester with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Metal. Sean was born in Los Angeles but since then has moved and lived in Long Beach for five years now. When she first applied to Cal State Long Beach, she had no idea what she wanted to go to school for. She was accepted as a creative writing major, but quickly changed her discipline to studio art. It was during her second year she realized that she wanted to be a metals major. Sean has been doing art ever since she was a little kid, but never did she touch metal until about four years ago. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, playing video games, and reading.

Inspired by her environment, emotional behavior, and humor, Sean spends a lot of her time experimenting with metal. With metal, she seems to explore many different forms of artwork ranging from sculptures to jewelry. Her work all seems to have a unique aspect about them. I believe this unifying characteristic is created by the fact all of her art is created through experimenting. This approach of making her artwork gives the work a handmade personalized appearance that can be appreciated by anyone.

Sean’s them is All Work All Play. According to Sean, this refers to the fact that she wants to accomplish something, yet still have fun during the experience. With the variety of artwork that she has, it is very noticeable that she enjoys experimenting with different types of metal art. Sean says that a lot of her art is created through experimenting, which is something he enjoys doing.

Metals is a medium of art that I have always been interested in. As a student studying to become an engineer, I can appreciate all of the functionality that comes with using metals, but I can also appreciate the artistic aspect of it. I see metal almost as a bridge between and engineer and an artist. An engineer can utilize metals for their physical properties while an artist can utilize metals for their visual properties. My favorite piece is her Sweet Spot Ladle because of its smooth curves and artistic handle.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Oscar Alvarez


Oscar Alvarez is a second year here at California State University Long Beach who is studying psychology. When not doing homework or studying, he likes to spend his free time with his girlfriend or making music. He grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Long Beach when he was just five years old. He was involved in baseball and karate growing up. Oscar’s favorite type of food is Mexican food and favorite color is burgundy. Asked if he could be any animal he wants, he said he would be an orangutan because it is lazy and is able to do whatever it wants. Oscar’s dream job is to eventually become a phycologist.

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Luis Arias


Artist: Luis Arias

Exhibition: The Weaving Machine

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Media: Woodworking and Weaving

Website: Artist has no website (email: luisarias22@hotmail.com)

Instagram: Artist has no Instagram

Luis Arias is currently an undergraduate student here at California State University Long Beach. He is expecting to graduate with his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Wood this upcoming May. Luis was originally born in El Salvador, but he left in the 80s and came to America. During his free time, he enjoys making clones of items. One example is a yoyo, which he said he enjoyed playing with through his childhood, so he figured why not build a bigger one. It took Luis three years to graduate, now on his final year, he said we wants to take a trip to Europe once he graduates.

Influenced by, “the industrial processes that are replacing craft and hand labor”, Luis set out to show to the viewer the craft techniques required to make a specific object. The main medium of Luis’ artwork is wood with complements of weaving. One example being his deck chairs, which are made out of wood and fabric that was weaved together using his loom, which is also made out of wood. A lot of his pieces have smooth curves or unique weaves integrated into them. The overall gallery had a craftsman appearance but also a minimalist feel to it.

A lot of the artwork in the gallery appeared to have a use. For example, the deck chairs, stools, or shelves. Even though they all could be used as legitimate chairs, stools, and shelves, they had some sort of unique artistic twist to them that made you not want to sit in them or place stuff on them. Talking with Luis, he said this was his goal all along, to make unique but functional art works. For example, when looking at the shelves from the side, they represent a butterfly, which gives them that unique twist, but they are also fully functioning shelves.

I enjoyed this exhibition for the fact that I can relate to a lot of the wood working involved. Growing up I had a lot of experience with wood working that involved building shelves or turning wood on a lathe to make a bowl or a baseball bat. With this kind of experience and being a perfectionist, I know how difficult and frustrating it can be to make artwork that looks as perfect as it did in the exhibition. Walking into the gallery had an almost nostalgic feel for me.