Extra Credit

Week 13 – Extra Credit – Classmate Procedures (2)

Another procedure I did was Jasmine Barnum’s Text Message Poetry! First, I had to get my mobile device and go to my messages. I chose 10 different messages and picked the third word from each and came up with this poem: 


Ask bro.



Talent was okay. 



Okay, so this one was a really hard one for me. Mainly because I’m short when I text people so there’s a lot of boring words. But I made it work! 

These are the words I used: 

  • was 
  • club 
  • talent 
  • bro 
  • go
  • okay 
  • hurry 
  • ask 
  • lecture 
  • mom 

Text messages consisted from my sorority sisters, mom, and my “bro” from a fraternity. A few topics of the messages were of my sorority’s cultural talent show, the club I attended on Thursday night, and enrolling in fall classes for next year.

I ended up not having to use extra words which was cool. I feel that the poem I came up with is pretty self-explanatory. So, someone wants to go to the club. They’re asked to talk to their bro. The bro says yes but to hurry. The club scene was alright. Talent could refer to dancing, the people there, and the overall experience. But once the individual came home, s/he faced their mom and a lecture. The brother was telling him/her to hurry to probably avoid that from happening. 

This was definitely an interesting activity.

Extra Credit

Week 13 – Extra Credit – Classmate Procedures (1)

IMG_5962I need quite a few extra credit points so I thought doing other people’s procedure’s would be fun. Plus, I didn’t do this activity last week so it helped me come up with my own to turn in for late credit.

The first one I did was Amanda Bjornstad’s Alphabet Stories. First, I had to pick a word for each letter of the alphabet and then make a story out of it using all the words. I had my boyfriend help me with this by letting him choose the words to make it more challenging and here’s what we came up with:

  • articulate
  • bananas
  • culinary 
  • distraction 
  • epiphany 
  • fondue 
  • glistening 
  • hamper 
  • icky 
  • jellyfish 
  • kiss 
  • listen 
  • mouthful 
  • narcotics 
  • opaque 
  • pretty 
  • quilt 
  • revolve
  • slime 
  • time 
  • unique 
  • vindictive 
  • wrote 
  • x-ray 
  • yodel 
  • zit 

I was kind of nervous because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to create a story using all the words but I’m proud to say that I came up with a pretty good story:

There was a little boy and his name was Tuck. Tuck was very talented and UNIQUE. He was a really good cook and could YODEL like no other! In fact, he combined his CULINARY talents and singing skills at the same time. So, one day, he decided to make FONDUE for breakfast because he loves sweets. He paired it up with strawberries, BANANAS, and pound cake. While Tuck ate, he played yodeling music because it was also his favorite type of music to LISTEN to. After a MOUTHFUL of fondue, Tuck started to feel ICKY. He got up to take some pills for the stomach pain, but with the music as DISTRACTION, he accidentally took NARCOTICS instead. Why did he have narcotics in the first place? I have no idea.

Anyways, after taking the drugs, Tuck fell over his fondue station and decided to take a shower to clean himself. He went to his room and removed his sticky clothes into his HAMPER. He successfully made it to the bathroom but walked in the OPAQUE shower door and fell once again. Tuck got up and ran the shower. The water running down his body felt like SLIME so he scrubbed himself for the longest TIME, trying to get it off. 

As Tuck was trying to scrub the bottom of his feet, he slipped, falling once again and started hallucinating. Tuck was in the ocean, floating in the GLISTENING water. He swam and swam and as he was under water, he realized he had gills! He explored the deep ocean and saw PRETTY fish and big whales. Then, something began to REVOLVE around him. A baby JELLYFISH! Tuck wanted to KISS it so he went closer and swam as fast as he could to catch an intimate moment with the jellyfish but before he could lay his lips on it, it stung him on his face. His head looked like a big ZIT. Tuck cried and tried to ARTICULATE why the jellyfish would do such a thing. He became VINDICTIVE and wanted to hurt the jellyfish but he still really want to kiss the it at the same time. After a long, painful wait, Tuck had an EPIPHANY! He realized that now, after the jellyfish stung him, he looked just like one and made an effort to act like one to accomplish his goal. Tuck floated like a jellyfish closely to the one that stung him and as he kissed it, he got stung once again. 

Next thing Tuck knew, he was in his room, on his bed, covered by his QUILT. He turned over and saw an X-RAY of his brain. There was a note that WROTE, NO MORE NARCOTICS LITTLE ONE.

Like I said, I was anxious to see how it would turn out because when it comes to story telling, I’m not very creative. However, it was actually really fun coming up with the next part of the story, tying everything together. I think it’s a pretty good story and I’m glad I had the word narcotics, to help me get a little creative. I’m glad I chose to do this procedure!

Extra Credit

Week 12 – Extra Credit – Feedback

3 most favorite activities of Art 110 (in no particular order) –

  • Fiber Art (Yarn Bombing)

I really enjoyed doing fiber art for some reason. I didn’t think it would be one of my faovrites but it is mainly because I got to do something really new. Not only did I do the activity but I also had a lot of fun with it. It was easy and a new experience.

  • Portrait Photography (Landscapes with a Corpse)

I really like photography and I thought this activity was really fun. I think the reason why it was so fun was because I got to lay in a bunch of areas and pretended to be dead.

  • Student Choice

The reason I enjoyed student choice was because it got me back into an art form that I love which is drawing. It was nice to get away from all that I had to do for the week and just do something I love.

3 least favorite activities of Art 110 (in no particular order) –

  • New Media (The Mina Show)

The only reason why new media wasn’t a good activity for me is because I really wasn’t sure on what to do for the activity. I couldn’t come up with a cool idea.

  • Sculpture (Plaster Casting)

I was not able to do plaster casting because I live in the dorms and I don’t have a car. I would have taken the bus but with the bus taking a really long time to the beach, I had no time especially with my extra cirricular activities.

  • Algorithmic Art

Algorithmic art was very confusing to me at first but after seeing an explanation of it, I think I’ll be able to complete it, however it will be late.

Feedback – 

  • Tuesday in UT-108

Something I really enjoyed were the videos you had in class. They were fun to watch. I also liked how you showed everyone’s notecards because it just shows how unique everyone is.

  • Activities overall

Overall, I thought the activities were fun and reasonable. I really enjoyed most of the activities we did.

  • Artist conversations

I loved going to the galleries and seeing artists’ work. It’s very inspirational and I think that’s a great way to get student involved. It’s something I look forward to at the end of my week because it’s not the usual sit in class and sit there and listen to the teacher talk.

  • Classmate conversations

I think classmate conversations are a great way to meet new people and network with others. It alsocool because it kind of pushes people out of their comfort zone by making them meet someone new every week.

  • Using your website

I love the blog idea and think it’s an efficient way to do our assignments. It’s fun and I’m really glad I have this to look back at. I think I want to make a personal one.

Artist Interview

Week 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

IMG_5854 As I walked into the Merlino gallery, I recognized this very distinct voice. It was the artist who’s from Holland, with a Dutch accent, talking to a few of my classmates about his artwork. He explained that much of his upbringing was because of his experience back home with clay. He has always been fascinated by it’s texture and decided that making art was something he wanted to continue in his life. Wheel thrown pottery and sculpting are his mediums in art and portrays many of his work about people. As I heard him talking, I became very interested in the piece he was discussing:


This piece is called Man-Woman-Child. Piet explained that this sculpture is of a husband and wife who are joined together by a child. It’s obvious that the couple is the upper half but the child is what holds them together at the bottom. The man and woman are connected at the bottom but their heads are barely touching to convey that they’re still individuals even though they are married. Some of the ideas presented are how the woman can still be a wife to her husband and how she will be a mother to her child. Same goes for the man, of how can he still be a husband to his wife and how will he be a father to his child.

Another piece Piet presented is Songharijaneszzchee Uuman.

IMG_5853This woman’s name is Songharijaneszzchee Uuman. An interesting name for an interesting woman. This piece is also about the relationship with a child. Not only that, but Piet explained that she presents both happiness/sadness and good/bad of life. You can see it in her face of both emotions. Her breasts show that she has given birth of a child or even more. The skirt she has is beautiful but also has some holes and tears because although life is beautiful, there will be times of sadness, anger, and distress. The pot on her head is of her family, relatives, and even children who have passed away. Even though they’re gone, she still holds them close to her, like a memory. And, one day when she passes away, one of her children will hold her above their head too.

I really enjoyed Piet’s gallery and think his figurative sculptures are very interesting. I really liked the fact that the artist wanted to explain each and every one of his pieces because not many artists do that. I think it shows that he really does have a passion for his art and what he portrays to his audience.

Classmate Interview

Week 12 – Classmate Interview – Maddie Vandenberg

IMG_5851I’d like you to meet this lovely lady of Alpha Phi. Her name is Maddie Vandenberg! Maddie is a second year, liberal studies major. She wants to be a teach but she might change her major to psychology which can steer her career in a different direction. She currently lives in Long Beach but she got the opportunity to live on campus at the dorms her first year.

Maddie is a sister of Alphi Phi but it was a hard choice between that and Delta Zeta. Some things she loves to do is being outdoors and being active like going to the beach, hiking, and playing volleyball. I’ll have to agree, playing volleyball is very fun. Maddie says that hanging out with friends is always a great time too. She loves movies in general but especially ones that have great soundtracks which I thought was very unique. Her favorite movie is Just Friends and her favorite book is The Great Gatsby which, in my opinion, had a really good soundtrack to it’s newer version of the movie. If you wanna know what kind of music she’s into, it would have to be reggae and country.

Artist Interview

Week 11 – Artist Interview – Gabriel Garcia


Gabriel Garcia’s Toxic Masculinity exhibit was one of the more popular galleries this week. Toxic Masculinity featured many posters presenting the negative culture masculinity has in society nowadays. Gabriel wanted to showcase a few main topics:

  • Domestic violence and how it should be reported more so that it doesn’t continue
  • Being in service of the United States doesn’t give men the right to be violent towards people they love
  • And how a man’s strength could lead to violent acts.

I took a good look at each wall, trying to get the message of each poster. The picture above is of the wall seen once you enter. The first poster “DON’T BE A PUSSY” reminded me of the guest speakers I had in my communications class the other day. They were from Interact on campus and they did a skit on sexual assualt. One of the characters was trying to get his friend to show his girlfriend “who’s in charge” and to not act like a bitch/pussy around her. The friend eventually raped his girlfriend, as a result of his friend’s tormenting. “Don’t be a pussy” is probably a thought that goes through a man’s head before being violent to hype them up to do what they want to do.


This next wall reminded me of the case of Ray Rice, a former NFL player who beat his fiancee in an elevator. I understood the helmet picture and how that represents football, thus presenting the ideas of rough, tough, hard-hitting, etc. The poster of the one that says “ABUSER” took a little more time to understand. What I got from it however, is that the shield in the back is like a patch you get on a varsity jacket. In the middle of the patch says “champion” but it’s erased and labeled “ABUSER” instead. I thought the next poster had nothing to do with football but then I realized that the outline is of football pads and the NFL trophy is in the corner. So, I tied this all together with the banner from the first picture of “Fiancee + Assault = Wife” to Ray Rice’s case. Ray Rice was successful, earning his first ring in 2013 but however a year later, he abused his future wife and was arrested for assault. Surprisingly, Rice’s fiancee stuck with him and eventually married him despite the fact that he abused her to the point of unconsciousness.

I thought this gallery was very informative on how men have these characteristics that shows how manly they are but how nowadays, these characteristics and traits are used negatively, especially towards women. What I like most about this gallery is that it’s very relevant and I liked how I could relate this subject to recent stories.

Classmate Interview

Week 11 – Classmate Interview – Maddie Iwanaga

IMG_5739This week, I got to interview Maddie Iwanaga! She’s 18 and she’s a first year like me! Not only are we the same age but we’re also studying psychology! She’s also minoring in criminal justice. Maddie wants a profession in forensic psychology because she thinks it’s interesting and likes the fact that it’s dark and mysterious. Her interest began when she was little, always watching crime shows. In high school, she took AP psychology and thought the brain and criminal sections were captivating. Maddie’s hometown is San Dimas which is about 40 minutes away from campus. She spends her weekends in Long Beach but goes home almost every weekend to hang out with her friends. Maddie currently works at Coldstone in San Dimas. It may have not been her first choice but she applied everywhere and it was the first one she was hired at.

Maddie’s hobbies include photography. From her instagram, she takes very nice photos, especially portraits of friends and family. She has a deluxe pass for Disneyland and goes many times a year with her sister, cousins, and friends. Something interesting about Maddie is that she took art classes ever since she was 9! The forms of art included studio art, sculpting, sketching, etc. Her favorite would have to be painting. She even keeps her own little craft cupboard with all her arts and crafts materials. So, taking an art class for a GE wasn’t so bad for her.

Although Maddie enjoys her time at Long Beach, she’s really considering to transfer to Santa Barbara. She said that it’s her favorite place in the world! She doesn’t mind a community college because of how much Santa Barbara’s UC costs. She’s also very comfortable with Santa Barbara because she has some family living up there. When I asked about her dreams and/or aspirations, she said Santa Barbara. She loves everything about it, and if she could live there, that would be amazing.