Wk 12 – Art Activity – Japanese Garden Sketches

Wk 12 – Art Activity – Japanese Garden Sketches

This week, we were in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese gardens right here on campus. Our activity was comprised of multiple sketches which would be made using various techniques and constraints. The first group of sketches were to be made in under 30 seconds. This left little time for detail and the drawings came out for lack of a better term “Stick figure-y”. They were comprised of simple lines and the object drawn was barely able to be identified.



The next sketch was just a 5 minute sketch of a scene in the garden. My drawing abilities are very limited but the object on my paper was just a bit more discernible  then my shorter sketches. The next was a contour drawing of my hand. This was done by putting the pencil on the paper and looking at my hand. The pencil is then moved along the same path as my eyes but we are not supposed to look at the paper. My drawing started off a little shaky but at the end it kind of looked like a hand.




After the blind hand drawing we did two blind drawings of something in the garden. These came out absolutely horrible compared to the hand. These sketches were a little frustrating because its hard to gauge space when drawing something from your eyes. The hand was a little bit easier because i know the shape of a hand and I believed that helped me sketch the hand even if i am not drawing from memory. The last two sketches were representation and abstract. For the abstract sketch, it was difficult thinking of something in an abstract manner. I ended up drawing lines and shapes that did not resemble anything in the garden. Overall, this activity was pretty fun. I don’t visit the Japanese garden often and it was nice to visit and just sit and enjoy everything there. My sketches did not come out looking too good but the actual process of sitting and drawing something is a very pleasurable experience.


Wk 12 – Art Activity – Ethnography

When asked how I would be spending my Friday night, the reaction I received when I said I would be spending the night without electricity was pretty exactly what i was expecting. “Why would you do that?”. The very act appalled the people I told. I am going to be completely honest, I would never think to do this nor would I ever do it again while at home. I do enjoy camping and spending time away from electricity sometimes, but to stay away from it while at home is not something i would like to do again. The night started after i ate dinner. There is no way i would want to try and cook in the dark. After eating, i began my night without electricity. I sat at my dining room table and read until it got dark. After getting dark, I just sat and had a conversation with my younger sister. My night ended pretty shortly after that. I was so bored, i just went to bed a lot earlier then i would usually. I did not particularly enjoy spending the night without electricity. There is really nothing to do besides go to sleep early. I already have trouble falling asleep sometimes but when i tried to sleep that night, it felt so long. I just laid there for what felt like hours. For people who lived without electricity, it was just part of their normal routine. Their day ended when the sun went down most of the time. Instead of living on your own clock, you follow nature’s clock.


Where is spent my night when not trying to sleep.
Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Artist: David DeSantis

Media: Printmaking

Gallery: Merlino

David DeSantis is currently a student here in the College of Fine Arts and is working towards a BFA in Printmaking.


David DeSantis’ prints are a mix of colors and imagery. Some of the prints are black and white and others are in color, either full color or monochrome.


David’s inspiration for creating his art varies. When asked about his ideas and the process that goes with creating his work, he said each piece can be described as spontaneously created in whatever mood he happens to be in. He says that when working, he plugs his headphones in and begins working. David says that he draws a lot of inspiration in regards to his “fluid spontaneous process” from his favorite artist Jackson Pollack, who is well known for his splatter paintings.


David’s Art is very interesting, as it is a mix of subjects. When i saw his art as i walked into the gallery, I was immediately drawn to his prints of a Samurai and a Bear. I just think his art is very pleasing to look at as well as being extremely interesting.



Wk 9 – Art Activity – Graffiti

Wk 9 – Art Activity – Graffiti

This week we were tasked with doing graffiti art with spray paint. I had previously done a little bit of art using spray paint but only using handmade stencils, not freehand. I unfortunately did not have enough time in between work to visit the Venice art walls but I would have loved to. I did my art on a piece of cardboard that I had laying around in my backyard. I did not buy any special paint as I used only the paint available at Home Depot. When doing my letters on the piece of cardboard, I had a couple issues with technique. I should have shaken the can more, and I stayed in one spot too long. This lead to my name coming out looking not so well. Overall, I really enjoyed this activity this week and am considering perhaps going a little bit deeper into graffiti art myself.

Wk 8 – Art Activity – Finger Painting

Wk 8 – Art Activity – Finger Painting

This week we are doing abstract finger painting. I have no recollection of ever finger painting before so i was pretty excited to do it, even if i am not necessarily artistically inclined. I was not exactly sure what type of paint and paper to use so I went to a little store near my house that has a little bit of everything and got a couple small bottles of paint and some thicker, larger paper. Painting without a subject is a little difficult at first, because I really didn’t know where to start, but once i started making lines, it became a lot easier to think of my next move and what i wanted to do. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience of abstract art because it allowed me to dabble in painting and designing without stressing myself out over making sure I meet a specific goal or do something that follows a guideline.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Alex LeBreton

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Alex LeBreton

This week in class, I had the pleasure of meeting Alex. Alex is currently a Junior majoring in Biology here at CSULB. Although neither of us are pursuing a career or major in art, we both agreed that this class is very interesting and are both glad we took this class. When not working on anything for school, Alex enjoys working on his car, a BMW 328i. Alex went to high school in the bay area, where he spent a lot of time playing basketball and running track and field. It was really great meeting Alex this past week and I look forward to talking with him more in the future.

Here is his blog: Alex LeBreton

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan

Artist Information


Artist Name : Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Name: Stop & Stare

Media: Video

Gallery: Gatov East

Instagram: @eroznovan


Artist Information


Elena Roznovan is currently working on her Masters degree in Sculpting in the College of Fine Arts at CSULB. Elena Roznovan previously attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she completed her Undergraduate degree before moving to California to pursue her Masters. Elena is also a former resident of Moldova.


Formal Analysis


Although Elena Rosznovan’s degree is in sculpting, this exhibition was a combination of 3D and 2D art overlaying each other. As a backdrop, there is a video of a desert scene playing continuously while a series of colored frames or transparent pieces are placed in locations overlaying the desert scene.


Content Analysis


The desert scene playing as the backdrop is not actually moving or shifting as it seems. The 3D transparent pieces placed about the background creates an optical illusion that make it seem like the scene is moving. This plays along with Elena’s goal of challenging the viewers perception of what is actually happening, whether the scene is stagnant or moving.


My Experience


When I walked through the gallery, i immediately questioned whether the scene was moving or if it was still, which is the intention of the artist. Although it was not an extremely “busy” or “crowded” scene, it was very thought provoking as well as  being certainly interesting.