Wk 1- Art Activity- Plaster Casting

When I saw that we had an activity to do at the beach, I literally started jumping for joy. Honestly, I didn’t expect one of my classes this semester to have a fun aspect associated with it. After seeing this assignment, I was completely surprised and super excited to embark on this art journey for this semester. Looking ahead on the assignments online, I feel as if I’m testing new waters and learning new things, which is pretty great. For example, next week’s art activity deals with vlogs that I have no experience with. However, I do enjoy watching vlogs on YouTube, so I’m looking forward to experiencing what some people do for a living with their videos online. On the other hand, this week’s art activity was quite challenging for me to be honest.IMG_3937.jpg

Today, I walked onto the beach and was gladly welcomed by Coach Zucman. There were many people that had already started their activity, so I decided I had to start soon. I first started by digging a hole and going through all the steps listed; however, I found one specific portion to be quite difficult. When I attempted to take my hand and foot out of the hole, I had trouble trying not to ruin the shape. This is a technical aspect where I had to try to angle my hand or foot in order to get the best result possible. Within aesthetics, it was a beautiful sight to see that people, like me (not an artistic person), are able to do art activities similar to this plaster casting activity. As for the creative side, we were able to choose what type of body parts and hand or foot movements for our molds. In the future, I hope to project a better result as for technical aspects of trying to build a better shape with plaster. Below is a picture of three attempts of plaster casting, and it wasn’t perfect sadly. The best result to me was of my hand, which is the last picture presented in this blog.

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Overall, the experience was great besides some difficulties. This was a first experience for me because I am honestly not the artistic type. I wish I was, but I’m not that good at drawings and all other art activities in general. Plaster casting can be adapted or a part of our lives through dental procedures, such as molding our teeth structures for braces and false teeth. It’s a great technique or skill to know for future references, whether it be for fun activities or future occupations. Final note, thanks Coach Zucman for providing ice tea! It was great 🙂 Truly, a happy Sunday after having fun at the beach while doing art work.

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Wk 1 – Classmate Conversation – Shannon Jenich

Spring semester is here at last! To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to make new friends since I’ve already been at Cal State Long Beach for three semesters and counting. However, I was proven wrong as soon as I walked into my ART 110 class. I decided to sit on the right side of the classroom, and little did I know that I would later meet such a sweet and genuine person. With me, first impressions really do matter. Now, given that, Shannon Jenich definitely knocked it out of the park with this one!

As soon as we were given the signal to talk to our classmates, Shannon turned around swiftly and introduced herself. I remembered her saying, “Hiiiiii, I’m Shannon Jenich!” She said it so enthusiastically that I knew at that moment we were going to click and talk nonstop. At one moment, I took quite a long glance at her because it occurred to me that she looked very familiar, like a face of the past type of thing. But we’ll get to the plot twist later! We first started off by talking about our majors, mine being pre-nursing and hers being human development. She did tell me additionally though that she wanted to be a nurse as well in the future. Hospitals will be receiving great assets to their team in the future cause we’re coming 😉 Anyways, moving on to her family, she told me that she has a sister that just got married in December of last year. At that point, a light bulb lit up and a bell rang in my head. This Shannon Jenich that I just met in Art 110 was indeed the sister of my friend from a theatre class I had fall semester of 2016!

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My theatre friend and Shannon’s sister named Ashley Jenich was a great subject of our conversation since we didn’t even realize we had a mutual friend/sister before meeting each other in our ART 110 class. It may sound weird, but I didn’t really know of Shannon because I was only great friends with her sister, Ashley. Even though Shannon was at the wedding, I only saw a glimpse of her face here and there; however, there wasn’t a time where it was possible for an introduction since the bride to be (Ashley Jenich) was busy on the day of her wedding. Anyways, there’s a picture below of Shannon’s sister with her beautiful flower crown, and I’m just next to her with the thumbs up sign.

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Besides talking about school and our personal life, we talked about the question of the week. This week’s question is: “What emotion does the color red bring up for you?”When I asked Shannon this question, she simply giggled and answered in the most adorable way possible. She told me that it reminded her of love and romance because of hearts and roses being red. We then talked about how Valentine’s Day is approaching, and how the color red plays such a vital role in this specified occasion. Sadly, class was coming to an end at this point even if I didn’t want it to. I was honestly having so much fun getting to know Shannon that I found it wasn’t enough time to talk to her. I’m just glad that I have this whole semester to chat it out with my newfound friend. Shannon, if you’re looking at my blog, keep on being the nice person that you are! 🙂 Oh, and here’s a link to her blog too if any of my viewers want to check out another amazing person’s feed: https://sjenich.wordpress.com !