WK 15 – Classmate Conversation – Katherine Pantoja

Student Website: https://peanutkat001.wordpress.com/

Katherine is a first year at Cal State Long Beach and is from Southgate, which is close to Long Beach. She decided to attend CSULB because it was close to home and seemed to be the easiest option. In her free time she loves to watch movies, read, and travel. She mentioned that her family has gone on many vacations to places as close as Northern California and as far as Cancun and Alaska. She looks forward to summer and hopes she can travel more. Her major is currently Undeclared, but she has expressed an interest in creative writing and may major in something along those lines. Katherine also really loves to be creative with her hair color. She likes to change the color but sometimes it can be expensive and difficult to maintain. She said if she had the choice she would color it a lot more! After speaking to Katherine I explored her blog and really enjoyed her creativity. She seems to enjoy this art class and I definitely do too!



WK 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking, acid, wood, and etching
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: no website
Instagram: no instagram

About the Artist:

This week I had the pleasure of getting to know Nancy Young, an undergraduate at CSULB working towards her BFA degree in the Printmaking program. She stated that this exhibition is her final project. Her work explores the many methods of printmaking and her exhibition had an entire wall dedicated to helping the viewers gain a better understanding of printmaking and the different methods used. She aimed to travel around various printmaking facilities to produce pieces of work at locations other than CSULB. This was the inspiration of her exhibition and its title “As the Crow Flies”. When Nancy is not making art, she enjoys music and reading along with spending time with her dogs.

Formal Analysis:

As described previously, Nancy used many different techniques of printmaking throughout her work. Some of the materials used for her plates are linoleum, wood, and metal. She chooses to print based off of her own photos as opposed to photos on the internet because she wants to find her own inspiration. Some prints tend to have a dark focus, normally a crow, with various backgrounds, whether its left blank or covered with splashes of color. Each print has a black focus. The other prints are focused on landscape but still have a neutral and dark tone to them. The monochromatic theme made the prints seem unified and bold.

Content Analysis:

Nancy’s work was very inspiring as it was directly related to her life. As she stated to the students, she wanted to produce prints at numerous printmaking facilities around CSULB since “as birds leave the nest, graduates leaving the university must find new places to work.” Hence the title of her exhibition. Nancy also stated that a majority of her work is inspired by things that matter to her most in life, like her husband who had passed away 9 years ago and her dogs that she holds very close to her heart. Each piece has miles attached to the name and this indicates how many miles away the “crow” is from Cal State Long Beach. This signifies how far she journeyed away from her comfort zone on campus.


I absolutely loved this exhibition. Not only was I inspired by her work but I also had the opportunity to learn more about the printmaking process and the various methods that can be used. I really liked the concept of listing the number of miles on each piece of work because it gave a real illustration of how far she traveled and where she got to experience various inspirations in her pieces. My favorite piece was the black crow with the multicolored background. To me it represented her personal life and that even if someone is struggling internally, the world around us still radiates hope and happiness and I could really see that illustrated in this piece. Not only do I love what it means to me, but it is also a print I could see myself purchasing and placing in my own h0me. I am honored I had the opportunity to experience Nancy’s journey throughout the creation of her exhibition. And I also love that I left with a little more knowledge and respect of the printmaking processes.

WK 14 – Sketching – Annie Ronning

This week we sketched for our art experience. I really enjoyed this project because I like sketching and I am also fairly good at it. We ventured to the Japanese Garden which was a nice change of scenery. For this specific project, my favorite portion was the “realistic” sketches because I am much better at those. I liked the “abstract” portion as well but prefer to sketch real objects. I really liked the project we were assigned this week because it reminds me of the art I normally experience. Although I have learned throughout the course of this semester that art is so much more than just drawing and painting, it was nice to get back to the basics! I have completely expanded my knowledge and views on art this year and have an entire new perspective of what “art is”. This week’s activity reminds me of what I used to think of when I hear the word “art”. I loved it!

WK 11 – Annie Ronning – Turning Pages

For this week’s project, our class had the pleasure of getting to know Marta Troya – and she was kind enough to assign us our art experience. The first thing we did was go into the library and read large children’s books. In order to get a different experience, we were asked to not take any pictures on our phones. I definitely witnessed a lot while performing this task. Since I didn’t have to worry about taking any photos, I was able to notice my surroundings a lot more – which made the experience very fun. Some people stared at us while some people glared, others immediately pulled their phones out and started snapchatting pictures and videos of our class. We were a large group of people coming into the computer lab reading children’s books, people were bound to be interested. The most ironic part is the fact that a library used to be full of books, and seeing people read was no where near “out of the norm”.

For the second portion of the project, we moved to the bookstore, where they sell more merchandise than they do textbooks. During this experience we were supposed to be taking pictures on our phones which really impacted my experience. Unlike the library where I was really able to take in what was happening, I spent all of my time in the bookstore focused on my phone and the pictures I was taking. I did not notice people’s reactions or pay attention to any other details that may have enhanced my experience. My phone clearly created a detachment from the situation I was in.

If I learned anything from this project it is that my cell phone interferes with some of my experiences in life. It made me realize that sometimes using my eyes to create memories is a lot more worthwhile than focusing a camera to do so for me. Overall I really enjoyed the project this week and it made me see things from a different perspective!


WK 10 – Classmate Conversation – Gabriela Hernandez

Classmate: Gabriela Hernandez (https://gabrielahblog.wordpress.com)

Gabriela is a second year at CSULB just like me. Her current major is Undeclared but she is considering declaring her major as Sociology since she is interested in people and how they behave, act, think, and interact with one another. Gabriela is originally from Long Beach and is attending CSULB because it’s close to her home. I am extremely jealous to say that Gabriela had the pleasure of meeting Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at events like the VMA’s and Radio Disney Awards. I found this very fun and interesting because I also attended the VMA’s but I didn’t get to meet one of my favorite celebrities like she did! Gabriela also mentioned she would love to travel to Greece someday, I think I would love that too. It was great hearing from her and learning about someone new.


WK 10 – Artist Conversation -Helen Werner Cox

Info Block:

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: “Silent Screams”

Media: pastels, charcoal, oil paint, prints, ink

Gallery: CSULB School Of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: none

About the Artist:

Helen is in her last semester of graduate school at CSULB. She will be graduating from the drawing and painting (figurative tract) program in the school of art. This exhibition is a project included in her completion of her MFA. Helen’s hobbies include gardening and reading, her preferred genres of books include fictional dramas and mysteries. Before she attended CSULB, she was a teacher for about 30 years. She taught high school and after a while she decided she would take on the task of teaching middle school and she ended up loving it. After spending 13 years in Boston, Massachusetts, the cold weather drove her to California. Here she spent 14 years as a school librarian in North Long Beach. She had already completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boston University and decided to attend CSULB for her Master’s. Helen’s exhibition explores the history and wonders of carousels and how they represent society.

Formal Analysis:

Helen’s work had many different media types, ranging from photos made with ink and charcoal to large canvases with oil pastels to a carved sculpture made from wood. All of these pieces vary in color and technique but overall give off a feeling of magic and uniqueness. The vibrant colors and prominent shading make for bold pictures that really stand out. On the other hand, the neutral tones and shading make the horses stand out in a way much less vibrant but equally as bold. Her drawings and paintings demonstrated what seemed to be a lot of hatchwork and linear stokes. The pieces are all blended together and seem to flow from picture to picture, despite their various forms.

Content Analysis:

Helen mentioned that she had gone to multiple carousels to find inspiration for her work. She started at Santa Monica’s carousel but believed it looked too upscale and polished, she wanted to find one that was much more raw. That’s when she discovered the carousel in Griffith Park and became immediately inspired.She noticed the horses had their mouths opened and looked like they were screaming, which is the reason she named her exhibition “Silent Screams”. The paintings, sculpture, and other pieces all flowed together and made it seem as if I was looking into history. The mouths and facial expressions on the horses created a feeling of distress but the bright colors and cheerful music created a feeling of joy. The pieces seemed to contradict themselves and thoroughly demonstrated how mysterious and interesting carousels (and their stories) can be. This can be related back to society because it is also just one large contradiction with a long path of history.


I really loved this piece and I loved listening to Helen speak. I could see it in her face and hear it in her voice that she really loves what she does and has a great interest in carousels and I believe it was beautifully shown in her work. I also enjoyed the fact she added music to her exhibition because it really made me feel like I had just stepped on to a carousel. Helen did an incredible job at making her artwork seem as if it was coming alive and I never got tired of looking at her pieces. I now have the desire to go ride a carousel because I have a whole new outlook on what they are and how important and inspirational they can be.

WK 10 – Annie Ronning – Instagram

For this week’s project, we explored with one of my favorite apps/forms of social media- Instagram! This app first started as a cool way to edit or “filter” pictures, but as soon as it gained popularity it became the second-coming of Facebook, another social media sight we all know and love. Instagram is now a place to express yourself to the world via pictures with clever captions and precise editing. I love Instagram and I was happy to participate in this project. I did indeed make a new account specifically for our art class because I prefer to keep my personal account on “private”. While scrolling through our giant “group selfie” and looking at all of the pictures my classmates posted, I most definitely felt a sense of community. A lot of people posted pictures of campus, food, nature, their friends, and many other things we all have a common liking for. I feel as though most college kids have the same things on their mind: school, food, and fun. This was apparent in all of the diverse and exciting pictures posted on my Instagram! For my pictures, I also chose things along those lines. I posted pictures of my friends and of a water bottle with my sorority’s letters on it. All of these things are important to me and play a major role in my life here at CSULB. Instagram is an incredible way to express yourself- like the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words!”



WK 9 – Classmate Conversation – Sean Hernandez


Classmate: Sean Hernandez (https://fahrenheit393.wordpress.com/)

This week I interviewed Sean Hernandez. He is a friend of one of my friends Breezy Hastie. Sean is an Economics major and his hometown is Los Alamitos. I learned that Sean and Breezy actually went to high school together. Some interesting facts about Sean include: he is really good at baseball and he wrestled in high school. His favorite hobbies include golfing and running. He is a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi and his favorite sports teams are the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Angels. Sean is a nice guy and I’m glad I got the chance to get to know him better!

WK 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy

Info Block:

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: “All Work All Play”

Media: copper and silver

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: no website yet

Instagram: only uses a personal instagram, username was not given

About the Artist:

Sean Joy is an undergraduate student in her last semester at CSULB and she is a part of the BFA Metal Program. This exhibition is her first show. Sean is from Los Angeles and is currently living in Long Beach. She dormed at CSULB for two years and she is now in her fifth year of living in Long Beach. When she first applied at Long Beach State, her major was in Creative Writing and Poetry but she quickly changed to Studio Art at orientation. Within 2 years she changed to a focus in metal because it interests her the most. She has interests in reading and gaming and also loves cats. She mentioned that she spends a lot of her free time in the studio where she enjoys experimenting with new things. She likes to keep herself active in trying different things artistically. Her exhibition “All Work All Play” explores the ideas of journaling her emotions and her daily life. Some of her pieces simply practice the requirements that were given to her for her classes but no matter what she is working on she likes to inject as much of her humor as possible. Whenever she is having emotional moments, she makes an effort to express these through her pieces of art.

Formal Analysis:

Sean’s pieces all varied in form and texture. Some pieces were smooth with long, fluid lines like the ladle and some necklaces, while other pieces had a more rough and jagged feel like the choker. In addition, the small bowls took on a completely different form than any other pieces because they were soft, smooth, shiny, and dainty. These bowls also included a design that was painted on while other pieces were jewelry where the shapes were created through the lines of the metal. Overall the forms showed great diversity and variation.

Content Analysis:

Sean Joy’s artwork is inspired by her daily life, emotions, and humor. This can be seen in multiple pieces like the different necklaces that all showed off very opposite styles. Sean expressed that her work reflects her emotions and it is made apparent by the diversity in her work. Just as a human being has numerous amounts of emotions, her pieces of art also expressed countless variations in color, size, texture, and style. As stated by Sean, she loves that she can perfect the technical aspects of metals in order to create things that match her moods- this is expressed very deeply in all of her work.


I really enjoyed Sean’s exhibit because every single piece was unlike any other sitting next to it. One display has gorgeous bowls with flower designs, while the next is a big and bold necklace, following that is a whimsical ladle. I loved that no two pieces were alike, just like how no to experiences or emotions are ever the same. Sean did an excellent job at expressing her patience and hard work through her pieces as I did not get bored once looking at the entire exhibition.




Leela is a doctor with a dark side living in Moonbase Alpha. By day, she is dedicated to her job and has a fierce passion for saving the lives of the Moonbase Alpha citizens. By night, she is a nonstop partier who has an uncontrollable drinking problem. She loves her job but lately her extremely bad habits have been interfering with her work in the hospital. After months of black outs and nights that turn into mornings, Leela has decided she needs to change her life completely and create a new start. Since she spent all of her money on drugs and alcohol, she makes the impulsive decision to kidnap members of the royal family in attempts to make profit off their ransom. After a series of intense events, Leela finds herself hiding away from the law in order to keep the royal members in her possession.

Ava was a member of the royal family but ran away to become a powerful scientist that can create superpowers. Leela knew how valuable Ava was so she knew she needed to kidnap her in order to make enough ransom money to support her new life. https://destinyfarihi.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/wk-9/

Lorika is Ava’s best friend, Leela knew that taking these girls would become a package deal. Lorika is also a member of the royal family and would be worth a lot of money as well. https://haleyandersonsite.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/lorika/

Raven is a vital asset in Leela’s kidnapping plan since she is friends with Lorika. Raven works in a field that Leela is very familiar with so she will be able to get to Lorkia by following Raven. https://jamiefilosa.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/wk9-art-experience-moonbase-alpha-raven-hufflepuff/