Art Activity – Week 1: Plaster Casting!

This weeks art activity was plaster casting. I was pretty excited to do this activity because I have never worked with or made anything out of plaster. And I also got to go to the beach!

I went with some of my friends I am taking the class with down to Seal Beach and we all made castings of our hands. We were all a little confused as to how to make a good mold but luckily a friendly classmate was able to help us get started. I was the first to make a mold and I was really thankful that my mold held its shape after I removed my hand. Getting your hand out of the mold was not something I thought would be that hard but I took a lot longer than I had thought it would because you have to be both careful and forceful at the same time.  Then came the plaster, which was a little messy but an interesting material to work with. After pouring it and letting it set, I had to dig up my creation. At first I was pretty unsure of how well my plaster hand had come out but when I dug it up, it turned out to be great! It surprised me how detailed you could get a mold to be just in sand at the beach. (My hand in the pictures is the flat hand) My friend Daniel made a ‘West Side’ hand sign which came out great too, and surprised me that it had held up when he removed his hand. Some of my other friends castings got a little distorted and this gave me a greater appreciation for anyone making plaster molds because it can be difficult to perfect. I am also glad that I know how to make plaster castings now, and I would definitely do it again and hope to do it again for future projects or just for fun. 



Classmate Conversations – Week 1: Christian Gallo


Hello and welcome to the first installment of Classmate Conversations! This week in Art 110, I met with Christian Gallo (on the left). He is a third year mechanical engineering major here at CSULB and is from Compton, California. His favorite colors are blue and black, and when he is not studying mechanical engineering he enjoys watching television and relaxing.

We discussed what art meant to each of us, and we both found common ground on this topic. To Christian and I, art is something that takes time and effort. Whether it be a painting, a piece of music, a math problem, a mountain range, or a product almost anything can be art. We did agree that just because something exists, it is not necessarily art. In order to qualify as art it has to hold meaning to someone. You cannot just pick something up, say it is art, and be on your way. It has to mean something to you or make you feel something in order to qualify as art. That being said pretty much everything is art because people have different perspectives on life and different things hold different meanings to people. This is what makes art so versatile and enjoyable because of the expressive nature it possesses.

It was great meeting Christian this week,  and hope to talk with him again!