This week, our art activity was centered around finger painting.
I learned a little bit more about finger painting this week. When I think of finger painting, my first thought is about the children’s activity. This activity reminded me that finger painting is not just for children and is related to using parts of the human body as a ‘paint brush’. Many artists have used the body to paint and it is an interesting technique to recall.
After I got my supplies together (paint, clean hands, and paper), I began painting. I tried to concentrate on the movements my fingers were making. I experimented with a few colors to see what the result would be. I got inspired by fall leaves and thought about that as I was drawing.
Overall, I thought this activity was okay. I’m not really an ‘art’ person, so I didn’t really expect to feel anything phenomenal. I did, however, think that learning about the history and other art forms related to finger painting was interesting.
This week, our art activity had to do with posting pictures on Instagram and including a hashtag so that we would be able to see what everyone in ART 110 posted. I thought this was a pretty cool experience. It was like seeing the world in many different perspectives. Some of the pictures were similar, however, they were slightly different. For example, I posed a picture that was very similar to someone else in the class. Although they were both of our feet, they both showed different perspectives using different filters, backgrounds, captions, and more. This was one of the things that I found interesting. We are all similar and have similar ideas, however, we all execute them differently and introduce our own stylistic flair to them!
Overall, I enjoyed this assignment. I didn’t previously have much experience with Instagram so this was in interesting learning experience. It made me feel more in touch with the other students in ART 110 and at CSULB.
This week, our art activity focused on doing various sketching. Class this week was held at the CSULB Japanese Gardens. This was my first time visiting the Japanese Gardens. It was a little bit of an adventure finding it, but I got there soon enough.
During this week’s art activity, we were given the choice between making a flip book or making a zine. I chose to attempt to make a zine.
I’ve never made a zine before and didn’t really know what it was at first. I later found out that a zine can be anything you want it to be, as long as its a magazine of some sort. It can be a collection of pictures, old flyers, poems, or drawings, and can be of any length.
September 25, 2016; Los Angeles, CA
This week, our art project was to write our name in “bubble” letters using at least two different colored cans of spray paint. I like graffiti, however, I’ve never handled a can of spray paint before. I was a little wary going into this project.
I conducted this art project on Sunday, an excruciatingly hot day. I picked up two cans of spray paint at Lowe’s and set up my work station. I did not have an open wall, so I put down paper on a table and worked on top of that.
This week, our art project was automatic drawing. This project required two people to sit in front of each other and share a pencil or pen and draw together with their eyes closed. I chose to do this project with my mom. The first thing I did was get all the supplies ready. Instead of using a pencil or pen, I opted for using some pastels I had laying around.
supplies set up
paper taped to a wood board
This week, our project was based on the work of a photographer named Izima Kaoru. Kaoru is known for photographing models who pose as corpses in beautiful clothing and settings to create unique photos. I was very excited about this assignment when it was assigned because I had a lot of ideas swirling in my head. I already felt like I was experienced with taking nice pictures and did not feel like this project would be a daunting task. Unfortunately, this project proved to be harder than I thought.