WK 15- Classmate Conversation- Amber Bolden


Amber Bolden is a 1st year at California State University, Long Beach and is a Film major. Amber said that Photography is more stable whereas film you can free lance and work with a company. She wants to get a master in Cinema and a Bachelors in production. Her favorite type of movies are action. Amber was born and raised in Inglewood but for her first year of college she decided to dorm at Hillside. Amber has 2 older siblings one older brother, one older sister and one younger brother. She is the first of her family to go to college. Amber picked Cal State Long Beach because of the cost and it’s not too far from home. Also because it is still near LA and the film industry is in LA. Her Favorite movie is a 1930s movie called Casa Blanca. Her favorite actors are Sandra Bullock and Tina Fey. Her biggest fear is becoming homeless because she wants to succeed in everything. Amber’s favorite color is olive green but she says it always changes. If she could be an animal she said she would be a panda. Lastly Amber is currently not involved in any extra curricular activities because she works at Victoria secret.


Wk 15- Artist Conversation- Chelsea Blecha


Artist: Chelsea Blecha

Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic

Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Acrylic on Wood, Sketches

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: chelseablecha.com

Instagram: instagram.com/chelseablecha

Chelsea Blecha is graduating this year from California State University, Long Beach. She will be receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts in the Illustration program. Blecha has been drawing ever since she was about 3 years old because her mom is an artist too. Blecha mom works in doing window displays. Blecha’s mom composes and teaches people how to do window displays. Blecha said that she didn’t consider art as a career until she was in high school. However she didn’t figure out her style until her last semester of college. As this being Blecha’s last year, she said its bitter sweet since she has been going to Cal State Long Beach for 6 years now. After she graduates she plans on free lancing and hopefully in the future work doing concept art for Pixar. While talking to Blecha she said that her inspiration comes from traveling and humans.

Many of Blecha’s artwork are sketches and drawings. One of her most time consuming piece was the skateboard. This piece took about the whole semester and she would work on it on-and-off. However for her other pieces it takes her about a week or so. She usually sketches them out first which she can finish in one sitting. For the skateboard she used watercolors and acrylic. The other pieces are sketches but although they are just sketches you can really tell how Blecha pays close attention to detail. For some of the sketches she used color pencils but they all have some type of shading. For the drawings of human hands she really payed attention to detail and made them look so realistic.

Chelsea Blecha said that much of her inspiration comes from traveling to new places and the people around her. It wasn’t until this year that Blecha said she found her own style which is why she has variety in her exhibit. However most of her work focuses on emotion not just aesthetic. For example the hand drawing demonstrate emotion through the wrinkles and details. She truly enjoys sketching as one time when she traveled to San Francisco she did many sketches that were included in her exhibit. Blecha also mentioned that some of her inspiration came from her favorite movie Breakfast Club. Furthermore, as a young and aspiring artist she is still developing her own unique style.

As this being the last artist conversation of the semester, I am glad she was the last artist I was given the pleasure of learning about. Being still so young Blecha has managed to slowly but surely find her own style. Although she is still young, one thing I admire about her is that she keeps trying new things such as meeting new people and places. I really enjoyed knowing that her drawings try to express emotion not just aesthetics. Blecha has high dreams which I’m sure she will accomplish and hopefully one day I will be able to see her work in Pixar. Overall I really enjoy how she is able to do what she loves and has a blast doing it.

Week 14-Activity Feedback

My three favorite activities are:

My all time favorite was going to the Japanese gardening and sketching. The reason this one is my favorite because although I’m not a good drawer, I loved being able to be in such a beautiful environment and be able to sketch its beauty.

My second favorite activity is the snapchat because well I like using snap chat. In none of my other classes would I ever have snapchat as an assignment. So, being able to use snap chat more often and make funny pictures was really fun. I also gain some new friends in the process.

My last favorite activity for this class was Cuisine, Couture, or Coiffure because this project was promoting everybody to go out and do something out of the ordinary. For me personally it give me a good excuse to finally dye my hair. Although I was very hesitant and nervous through this art experience I was able to do something out of the ordinary and honestly I don’t regret it.

My least favorite activities are:

One of my least favorite activities was geocaching. It was really hard to find those things and when you go to find them I didn’t find anything so I just gave up and didn’t bother to do a blog about it. My experience was so horrible and frustrating that I just gave up.

My second least favorite activity was Moon Phase Alpha because I didn’t find any relevance to them and when reading others they just did whatever. I honestly didn’t find this activity interesting or useful.

Lastly, plaster casting wasn’t one of favorites mostly because I wasn’t able to go to the beach with others so I had to do this project at home. Obtaining the materials was a little challenging and afterwards I just threw the plaster away. I know that many other enjoy this activity but my experience just wasn’t the best.

Overall I found this at class to be a blast! Although, the blogs get tedious at times being able to learn and do so many new activities was really fun! I honestly learned so many new things and had my share of good experiences and some not so good ones. This class was also really easy to pass and found it quite useful because it gives you a new perspective on things. I also really enjoyed going to artist galleries because being able to go every week to see artists work is so much fun! Many of the artist are so creative and give you new ways in thinking. I really enjoyed this class and I hope the class keeps being fun and easy.


WK 14- Art Experience-Sketching in the Garden

This weeks art experience was actually one of favorites. Although I am horrible at drawing going to the Japanese Garden and sketching its beauty was just so relaxing and peaceful. I’ve been to the Japanese Garden a couple of times but it was just a beautiful day to sit outside and draw and I honestly didn’t want to leave. I was also happy we were able to draw in such a great environment.

WK13-Artist Conversation-Nick Bamford


Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Neon Lights, black Light, wood, Cement, clay, and sculptures

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: N/A

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

Nick Bamford is an undergraduate her at California State University, Long Beach. This is his last semester her at CSULB. Bamford is currently in the Ceramics Program and getting his Bachelor in Fine Arts. He is planning to go to grad school but is taking a year off to continue his work. He is from Huntington Beach and he said that he always liked art. It wasn’t until he took a ceramics class in high school that he realized he really liked doing ceramics as he saw it as a way to create things. Some of his hobbies include painting and playing guitar. Through Bamford’s art he said he likes it to be more open for interpretation. As he like to turn ordinary, everyday objects into art. By fitting different objects together and giving it a different perspective than what everybody usually sees.

In Nick Bamfords’s art he likes to use a lot of different medias. One re-occurring meida he used was neon color lightning. These light really make the pieces stand out more and the more intrigued I was to see the art pieces. The art piece comes in many different shapes as Bamford would place the objects on top of each other in awkwardly positions. Making the entire shape of the piece into an odd, multi-angled object and since things were stacked of each other the pieces were fairly tall. Since most of his sculptures are comprised of random objects, there was a wood, a shopping cart, and glass.

When first walking into this exhibit I was intrigued and fascinated as the lights and size of the art pieces caught my attention. When talking to the artist I understood why the art pieces were like that. Bamford wanted to take ordinary objects and turn them into something extraordinary. As he said he likes to do things in spur of the moment. He has no specific message h is trying to convey but as I mentioned earlier he likes his art to be open for interpretation. Hence, why he didn’t name his exhibition but at the same time be able to alter the audiences perspective on how ordinary objects can be morphed together to create something brand new and original. Yet, he also included the black lights to bring a whole other perspective and dimension to his work.

I really enjoyed this artist’s art work. It is something I’ve never seen before. As soon as I walked in I blown away and memorized. The black lights is the first thing that caught my eye and made me very curious in Bamford’s pieces. Not only the lights but the height as well! I really enjoyed how Bamford was able to take every day ordinary objects and transform them into brand new works of art. I also really liked how this artist said that he wanted to viewer to interpret and have their own perspective on his artwork. Some artist usually have a specific meaning and want you to see it but not this artist. Bamford wanted you to see his artwork in your own perspective and allow it to be open to interpretation.

Wk 13-Classmate Conversation-Tiffany Tran


Tiffany Tran is a Freshman here at California State University, Long Beach. She is 18 years old and is turning 19 this year. She is Psychology major and wants to be a child psychologist. Tiffany currently dorm at CSULB and is from West Minister. Back home she has a dog. Tiffany’s favorite type of music is classical music. Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite drink is  lemonade. Some of her Hobbies include watching movies, reading and hanging out with friends. Tiffany enjoys watching romantic comedies. She has no siblings and her ethnicity is Vietnamese. She is currently involved in the club VSA. Tiffany’s favorite project for this class was the video project and took this class because it’s interesting.

Wk 12- Artist Conversation-Jennifer Chen


Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Digital Printmaking/Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: none
Instagram: none

Jennifer Chen is a graduate student here at California State University, Long Beach. Chen is going to graduate this year as this semester is her last year but she plans to teach an art class here at CSULB. Chen is currently pursing a Master in Fine Arts in Print Making program. During Chen’s undergrad she was a biology major but then decided to get a master in arts. Chen decided that she had different interests and tried to do things that help her grow in different ways. Her plans after she graduates is to teach as I mentioned before she plans to teach an art class specifically Art 270. Through her art work you are able to see how she incorporates art with science.

Her artwork consists of printmaking and photography. In some of her artworks she pays around with photography and also uses Google maps. Through her art pieces you can see into the environment such as trees and bark from a microscopic and macroscopic perspective. Chen used digital print on Epsom and does masking to print make. She also uses a monotone style. She said that she also uses gloss to give it a 3D effect and make it stand out. Lastly, she uses a photo shop and tops it off with painting. The process that Chen takes is very difficult and long. For some larger pieces it take about week and that doesn’t include the separation of the art work because she is not able to print the whole art piece she has to separate it into pieces and then she pieces it together.

Jennifer Chen through her art was trying to have a mixture of art and science. Since these are both what interests her she decided to have them both. Through some of her pieces she took microscopic and macroscopic picture in order to demonstrate the qualities of trees and nature that we can’t see. As her gallery was called Succession, the idea she tried to explore and demonstrate is the disturbance in landscape such as fire and floods that over a time period change and become shrubs or trees. The Urban landscape is the disturbance as it wasn’t there before. Chen also tries to look at different sights whether historic or monumental.

I really enjoyed this art gallery because the artist was able to combine her to most interest and transformed into art. Jennifer was able to give me a whole new perspective on the environment. As well as provide pictures of the trees bark and nature that I’ve never seen to look at. I like how her art explores the disturbances of nature. In today’s society we do not necessary look to much in as to why is that plant growing here or whether it cause harm to other surrounding plants. Some of the nature has been growing there for year but through time new species of plants are introduced and can e either beneficial or helpful.

Wk 12-Classmate conversation- Molly Poyer


Molly Poyer is 20 years old and is turning 21 this year in august. She is currently a 3rd year here at California State University Long Beach. She is currently undeclared but is going to go into Communication. She is from the Long Beach/Lakewood area. During her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, watching youtube, and playing basketball. Molly’s favorite sport is basketball. Her favorite genre for movies is romantic comedy and just comedies in general. She said that her favorite comedian is Amy Schumer. Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite drink is strawberry lemonade. Molly’s favorite type of genre music is mostly pop. Her favorite artist is Penatonics. An interesting fact about Molly is that she has a twin! An identical twin who also goes to Cal State Long Beach.

Wk 11- Turning Pages

This weeks art experience was like no other. I feel that yes an image can capture experience and you can use words to describe what the images show. However, in some instances you don’t need to write any words because after all a picture is worth thousand words. Also, when there is no words to describe the experience captured then it gives the viewer more liberty for interpretation. I feel that’s even better because we don’t all see things the same way. A Picture is able to capture a moment in time and if we take many we will be able to look back on them. Besides taking a picture of a moment or writing about it we can also say it verbally. Hearing a story are always very exciting especially how that person tells the story. Even within every picture there is a story being told. We have stories we just have to either listen, read, or hear them. I feel that when documenting it doesn’t take you out of the moment because through a picture you are able to relive the moment every time you see it. Due to the technological era we live in we always try to document what we do so we never forget it. Thus, its part of the experience and not taking us  out of it. It didn’t feel weird to not take pictures in the library because we had to be considerate of the other people and by not taking pictures I was able to pay attention to what I was doing more. In contrast when I was at the bookstore my friends and I were goofing off and playing around and so we were more inclined to photograph what were doing. Making it feel more natural when we were taking the pictures. Doing this experience was actually very interesting because it is true what Martha was telling us. Generally a library is suppose to be filled with books but when you go to the university library the books aren’t what all the students look for or got to the library for. At least i don’t find myself going to the library for. Same goes for the bookstore, usually its to sell books but our bookstore focus more on selling CSULB items in order to make profit. Overall, this was a great experience as I was able to see and think of how humans have evolved places to fit to what seems “normal”.

Wk10-Art Experience-Instagram

For this weeks art experience I honestly don’t use Instagram so it was actually very interesting. Through this art experience I was able to see my fellow classmates life for those 24 hours. It consisted of either just everyday basic things everybody does and then some others had really interesting events happening. I saw that many of us do similar things or have similarities. I was surprised that a lot of people went out to places but then again I do too. Overall it felt like a huge community and I was able to see into my fellow peers lives. I really enjoyed this art experience because it looked like we have somewhat connected lives.