I really enjoyed the art activity this week! It is possibly one of my favorite activities too. I’m not sure if its because of finals being so close or that this activity is so fun in its own right but it was very relaxing and enjoyable. I put on some music and let my hands lead the way and I’s happy with the results. Having no real subject to draw is what really makes this activity so great. Compared to the graffiti writing we did earlier on in the semester, I prefer this one because you literally get to feel the paint and your creation come to life. Graffiti writing is similar but to me, you don’t get the same connection as you do with paint. Regardless, they are both very interesting forms of art that are relatively accessible to many people. That being said, I am really glad that I was able to take this class and learn a lot more about art and I know how a greater appreciation for art overall.
This weeks artist conversation was with Patricia Martin! She is currently an MFA student here at CSULB’s College of Arts. When I met her she was displaying some of her works at the Holiday Art Sale at the CSULB SOA Galleries. During her undergraduate years she studied color reproduction. Now she has her own business and also teaches privately.
She said that in her work she likes to use natural colors but if something works more efficiently, then she will go with that. This is easy to see in her works because they are all so vibrant and colorful.
She said that this is something that she always wanted to do before she went to college. I am so glad that she has the opportunity now to practice her art and share it with other. And if she can get money for her creations, then more power to her! If you want to contact her or check out her works just visit patriciamartinartist.com.
This weeks art activity was to use Instagram and document the happenings of your whole day. At first I wasn’t all that jazzed to do this activity because although I do have an Instagram account, I haven’t posted for a long time. That being said I didn’t want to make a bunch of posts all in one day, but this mentality went away after my first post. It just got easier to share the more photos I put up.
Looking at the groups album under the hashtag #art110f16 I found that many people do and were doing very similar things on that Wednesday. Of the pictures above, only the Ginkgo biloba leaves picture is mine, but they all show things that I did or interacted with that day. As someone else did, I interacted with a dog but with one on campus and took a picture. In the second picture, I also went to In-n-Out with friends that day. Before I never really understood why people use hashtags on pictures but now I do. Hashtags really help people to connect and find similar people with similar interests they may have. I now think that Instagram can be a great way to connect and share with others and hopefully I will remember to capture moments to share in the future.
For this weeks classmate conversation I was able to talk to not only one, but two classmates. Their names are Tina Tran and Amanda Martinez and they are both pretty awesome. Tina is a fifth year biochemistry major and Amanda is a fifth year environmental science and policy major. While discussing this weeks, question of the week, we found out that we all share pretty similar views toward the future. Speaking of the question of the week, it was: Describe what the college experience will be like for a student in 2036. In response to this, we all thought that is would be very integrated with technology in order to not only connect with others more but to also use technologies awesome power. Us all being science majors really helped too because technology can cause us to lose everyday interactions over time but it also allows us to discover, collaborate, and share in ways that were unimaginable not that long ago. With the ability to code computer programs and sequence DNA we will soon be integrate these technologies to cure human disease in a similar way as getting rid of a computer virus.
This immense potential has us all excited for what the future holds, and since colleges usually at the forefront of technology and research we see this as being a big change to the college experience of tomorrow. To learn more about Tina or Amanda you can visit their websites for more information.