WK 4 Art Activity: Automatic Drawing

This week’s art activity was unusual, i never heard of automatic drawing before. At first it was difficult because i didn’t really know how to let my subconscious go and draw. When i would let my subconscious go i would always come back and try drawing something. It was quite difficult and took me some time to get it down. Although it was tough I decided not to give up because it seemed like an interesting and fun thing to do. So i wanted to get it down. I decided to do my automatic drawing with my sister because we’re both random so i wanted to see how our similar personalities would interact when drawing. We took turns picking the music to see how the different types of genre affected our drawings. Although we have similar personalities  we listen to different types of music. She’s more into R & B, while i’m more into 70’s rock music.


Pink Floyd-Any color you like: Black

Mt. Washington- Local Natives: Yellow

Pink Floyd-Crying Song: Green

I was surprised by the result of our drawing. I was expecting our drawing to be more smooth and flowed because of the music and our similar personalities, but it’s the complete opposite. It seems like we were just all over the place. Haha




WK 4 Artist Conversation

Artist: Carly Lake and May Ta

Exhibition: Closer

Media: Chair, frames, letters, shoes, bed, ink, digital, wasp, water color, art acrylic paints

Gallery: Interactive Art Gallery (Maker’s gallery)

Website: Working on Website

Instagram: @Maypta

About the Artist 

Two artist worked on Closer, but unfortunately only one was at the gallery showing. I had the privilege to meet May Ta who is a senior that transferred from Cal State Fullerton because Cal State Long Beach has the strongest public art department, she is now pursing a degree in illustrations. Growing up May was always surrounded by science, her parents wanted her and her siblings to follow a degree in science. She would always be intrigued and drawn to art, but her parents would always redirect her to science. Going into college she was originally majoring in engineering. Although she was pursuing engineering her love for art couldn’t stop and changed her major to illustration. Her parents didn’t approve at first but started seeing how much she loved art and accepted her pursuit for art.

Formal Analysis

May’s art work was in the (gallery name) which consisted of a bunch of art work posted around the room depicting loneliness. The gallery was also suppose to represent a dead artist’s room, which was allowed by the audience to see the personal belongings of this dead artist. The audience were suppose to see the art from right to left to see the full story that they were trying to portray. Placed at the center of the room were a chair with shoes tied together sitting on the chair, a little stool table with frames and letters, and a canvas stand. Near the center of the room laid a bed with a blanket full of love letters they had, with unfinished sketches of people getting ready to have sex.

Content Analysis

The Closer, was May’s way of bringing the audience into an artist’s room who died alone. She was trying to portray that everyone is always alone especially when you die. So you should accept who you are and be happy with all the flaws and unique qualities you have while you still can. She said she was in content with being alone. She believes that you need to be by yourself in order to connect with others. If you accept yourself you are able to be happy with other people because you aren’t scared to show people who you are. She believes the true meaning of being alone is when you’re with people who make you feel unwelcome. Another deep meaning she was trying to portray was the idea of love. She believes that the most intimate you can get with someone is through their mind because you really see who they are and really get connected with the real them. That is why they had glued love letters onto the blanket. They had a lot of messages in the art they were showing to get people to feel more connected to their art. One student asked her what her favorite drawing was and she said it was the one with the guy opening the door and him being in his own shadow. She says that she sees that everyone is trapped in their own insecurities physically and mentally.

Synthesis / My Experience

Going into Carly and May’s gallery, i was confused to what the theme was because of the way the gallery was laid out. After walking around and seeing all the paintings i started to see the idea of loneliness and love. I was able to relate to this gallery because growing up i felt alone. I was in a family of 7 but my mom would never let me do anything or make any friends because she thought the neighborhood was too rough. she would only want me to spend time with my siblings but they were always out, so i was always by myself. I never really made any friends till 5th grade, but that helped me see who i was and how to accept who i was and who i would become. That’s why i was able to relate to her idea of being in content with being by yourself and accepting who you are. It was a great gallery that i enjoyed and it helped me realize that there are other people who see the idea of loneliness as i do.





WK 3 Artist Conversation

Artist: Alvaro Alvarez

Exhibition: A Response To Classical Music

Media: Paint, Music, Canvas, Wires, Clothing, Projector

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: Does not have a website.

Instagram: Does not have an Instagram.

About the Artist 

This is Alvaro A.S.F.’s first semester at California State University of Long Beach and is a student in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. Alvaro  was born in Guatemala, but moved to the United States when he was eight years old. He interpreted seeing art everywhere as a kid, he said he believed everything was a form of art and was always intrigued by the idea of it. It inspired him to start drawing as a kid, but his parents weren’t fond of the idea. They didn’t support the idea of their son drawing because they believed “it wouldn’t earn him any money,” forcing him to stop his pursuit in art. Although Alvaro was forced to stop, he couldn’t fully give up on art because he believes it was a huge part in his life. Now he is pursuing his Bachelor in Fine Arts hoping to become an art teacher for children. In hopes of inspiring kids to pursue their dreams of art.

Formal Analysis

Alvaro’s art work in the Marilyn Werby Gallery consisted of a recording of himself creating his art work, followed with the Introduction of Beethoven Overture  Fidelio, being played out loud. The recording is being played through a projector, it’s being played on one of the walls. At both ends of the room laid canvases spread out, one canvas was clear white with white buckets, white pants, and a new paint roller. The other canvas was the one he used, it was filled with various colors and shapes from bodies’ response. It was decorated with items he used to complete his work, it included pants with paint on them, paint buckets, a shirt, shoes and wires to hold up pants and shirt.


Content Analysis

A Response To Classical Music, is Alvaro’s response to music through dance.He started listening to overtures of classical music and got his hands on some of Beethoven overtures and once he listened to them he instantly felt inspired. He said he felt overwhelmed with emotions and wanted to express them. So he got a canvas and paint and threw some on his hands and legs; then let’s the music take over making his response to classical music. A fellow student asked Alvaro if he was breaking dancing? He replied no, he didn’t believe he was dancing, he believed his body was responding to the music and was moving according to the music. he also believed he didn’t really know how to dance but said he got his influence from gymnast. This was Alvaro’s first art gallery showing making him really nervous about his work because he didn’t know how his audience would react to his work. He only had 3 hours of sleep the three nights before the showing because he wanted his gallery to come out great. I would consider this a sinuous work because he just responses to the music by dancing not knowing what he feels.He is flowing with a bunch of emotions making him release them all at once in a form of dance on a canvas with paint. Making the final art work have many twist and turns on the drawing

Synthesis / My Experience

Going into Alvaro’s gallery I didn’t know what i was seeing, at first i thought it was weird and wasn’t a good art work. Until i started seeing the deeper message of the work. When i was looking at Alvaro’s work it took me a few minutes to understand what it was, but when i understood the work and it’s meaning i was amazed by the work. Hearing Alvaro explain his work helped me realize that art is all about the process of the work and the hard work and time you dedicate to the piece. I really liked his work because i feel like the biggest art form i enjoy is music. It can change your mood depending on the type of music your listening too. I can relate to work because i also like to enjoy listening to music and drawing whatever comes out. It really inspired me to get more involved with art and start going to more art galleries.



WK 3 Question Of The Week


What type of art has had the most influence on where you are today?

During class on Wednesday at 2:30, I got the chance to meet Lourdes at the art gallery in Cal State Long Beach. She is a second year majoring in Criminal Justice hoping to become a detective. When asking Lourdes what type of art has had the most influence on where she is today, she responded with saying that she feels like art hasn’t had an influence in her life and what she does. She says she feels this way because she has never had any moments where art has affected her deeply. Although she feels this way she really appreciates art. She loves going to art museums and seeing the great work artist do. She loves going to one museum in particular called stay gallery in Downy. They have different forms of art every week and get all kinds of great art work. One of her favorite weeks was when they painted all the walls white and allowed visitors to get involved and paint on the walls with different materials.

Lourdes’ Website: https://lourdessahara.wordpress.com/


WK 2 Question Of The Week


Question: Is art actually important? In today’s world?

During class on Wednesday at 2:30, I got the chance to meet Zac (on the left) and Lydia (on the right), they are both in their second year at Cal State Long Beach and are enjoying their time here. When I asked them the question of the week they both answered differently. Lydia said that art is important because it “brings light to world issues and gives people a bigger message in what’s going on in the world.” Then she went on to say that art is important in today’s world through advertising. I agree with Lydia because everywhere we go we see advertising, so its a huge part of our lives. Zac said that art is “important through cartoons because it influences young minds. It gives children an idea on how to be strong and be a good character at heart.” I agree with Zac because most children spend most of their time in front of a TV, so the best way to impact children is through television.

Zac’s Website: https://zackngoviiftm.wordpress.com/

Lydia’s Website: https://containerlyd.wordpress.com/