Raylyn Diep's Art 110 Blog

Wk 15 – EC – Feedback

Three Favorite Activities:

  1. Plaster Casting
  2. Fiber Art Social Network
  3. Instagram

Three Least Favorite Activities:

  1. Zines and Flip Books
  2. Art Care Package
  3. VLOGS

The 3 favorite activities were really fun and creative. Plaster Casting was something I have never done and probably would not have if I did not join this class. The Fiber Art Social Network turned into something really cool and pretty as it all came together. Instagram was another first for me and I have come to actually enjoy it.

The 3 least favorite activities of mine were sort of enjoyable but sort of stressing in a way. The main ones that made me feel this way would be the flip books and the VLOGS!! The flip books would probably be just me since I tried really hard on it, but the vlogs made me pretty uncomfortable. It was a good experience, but I definitely would not want to try it again.

Thoughts about the class:

I really like the thought of a hybrid class. I like how we can also meet once a week and get to know each other rather than spending all that time online like in an online class. Getting to make my own website and start a blog was a good experience for me and I am actually considering continuing this blog for other purposes. Going to the gallery and doing artist conversations are pretty fun. I enjoy going to them and getting to see amazing art pieces and really getting to know the meaning behind the artist’s art or exhibition. Doing the classmate conversations is a cool way to engage and meet with new people. It’s fun to get to meet and find out similar things about each other. I was able to meet some really cool people. I think these weekly blog posts are definitely needed in this class. It is a good way of keeping up with the class and seeing other people’s work too. Having an ePortfolio does seem like a really good idea considering how much technology is used in our lives. I enjoy using WordPress since it is so easy to use. The discussion we have for Art Talk is good. I learn more about art through it and how much it has really impacted society from even long time ago.

Overall, this art class was unexpectedly engaging and fun. I came into this class thinking that it was going to be kind of boring with endless drawings considering my past experience in taking an intro to art class in high school. I definitely thought wrong!! I have already recommended this class to a couple of my friends and they seem pretty excited to start this class to.




Wk 15 – Art Experience – Finger Painting


This activity was fun as I just played around with the different colors of paint. In my art kit, it came with 3 different colors of paint: pink, green and white. I really liked how the colors came together in the end. This art activity felt really easy to do in that it gave a lot of freedom as I just went with the flow as I did it. It felt very liberating in that I got to do whatever I wanted to with the paper. It was a good way for me to not think about my upcoming finals and just relax and have fun. I just sit down and had the music on while I finger painted away. This activity was pretty similar to our other activity, Graffiti Writing, because this was something we both had freedom to choose how we wanted it to be. However, it was also different in that the graffiti writing activity had a specific thing to do with it such as writing our names with spray paint. I would definitely do this again in my free time as a form of relaxation!!


Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Exhibition Information: 

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: CSULB Art Sale: Love Houses

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Gatov East and West

Website: none

Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist:

Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB. She is in the School of Art’s Ceramics program and is working towards her BFA in Ceramics. She has always loved sculpting and making things. When she was younger, she would always play with Play-Doh. She says she got her inspiration from fairy tales. She hopes to be able to work for PIXAR in the future. She loves to make cakes in her free time.

Formal Analysis:

Her art pieces all consists mainly of a black or brown background color on the pot. Then a beautiful and intricate floral design on top of it. There were even some parts that were sticking out of the pot as if it was a real flower.

Content Analysis:


Amy took her love for cake decorating into her art pieces. She actually used cake decorating pipes to make her beautiful designs. She made her paint so that it would have a frosting like consistency to be able to get the design she has on her pieces.


On her sculpture pieces, she made sculptures that told a story. In the sculpture above, Amy took inspiration from Little Red Riding Hood. She took her love for fairy tales into her pieces as well.

She had a section for her beautifully decorated vases and a section for her cute sculptures.

Synthesis / My Experience:

I really liked her concept of putting fairy tales into her sculptures. They looked absolutely adorable and interesting. Amy actually had sets of them which actually came together and told a story. I really loved that part of her exhibition. I wish I could go back and actually buy the set to decorate my room. Some actually go really well with the holidays coming up and also make a really cute present to give. If Amy actually made smaller vases, I could buy one and put my succulents in it.

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Ana Maya


I got the awesome chance to meet Ana Maya today!! She was so cool to talk to! From our conversation, I found out that she too was a second year at CSULB. She is also 19 years old. She is the first and only person so far that I know is an anthropology major with a minor is Spanish. She emphasized that she lived to study be languages and is currently learning Portuguese and Italian. She had a phobia of snakes (ME TOO). What was interesting to find out about her is that she wanted to be an astronaut from second grade up to tenth grade.

For the QTW, Ana believes that the college experience in the year 2036 will be more competitive. It will also be more expensive. She hopes that there will be more female professors in the future. She also thinks that there would be more STEM related majors.

Check out her blog!!!!~

Wk 14 – Art Experience – Instagram


This is actually my first time on Instagram. It’s actually pretty fun to use with all those filters and such. My day probably seemed a little boring, but these pictures are literally what my day was like on that day. I wish I could have token some pictures with my friends and shared it on the hashtag. The picture of my dog and I took so long to take. I probably took over 50 pictures. My dog was just too excited and was so eager to play and go outside. It was so funny how he won’t just look forward. He just kept on turning his head and looking the other way. He frustrated me a lot, but I still love him!! It just so happens that my grandma actually came back on that day and brought home so many souvenirs from Laos. She told me about how fun her reunion was with her old friends from school. What surprised me the most was that she hasn’t seen any of them for about 50 years!!


Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Marysol Jimenez


I got to meet Marisol for this time’s Classmate Conversation! She is currently a fourth year at CSULB. She is a sociology major and plans to do counseling in the future. She is from Compton. She loves to go shopping and loves anything make up related. An interesting thing that I learned about her is that she works in retail at The Children’s Place. I also found out that she loves watching Netflix in her spare time. Some shows that she is currently watching are Jane the Virgin and Empire. She was really cool and nice to talk to! For the question of the week, Marisol would rather take the blue pill and let the dream end because she wants to face reality and be in control of her mind. She believes that staying in dreamland may seem nice as a way to escape reality, but everything comes to an end either way.

Check out her website!!

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: BIO

Media: Sculpture

Gallery: Dutzi gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

About the Artist:

Sage Garver is a senior at CSULB. She is currently an undergraduate and is going to graduate this year. She is a student of the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. She is working towards her BFA in Sculpture. Throughout her life, she has always suffered from multiple sicknesses. Her sickness has gave her inspiration to show in her exhibition. Art was something that she could do without really straining herself since she spent most of her time resting in bed. Her sicknesses did not stop her from trying new things like swimming, hiking, cooking and traveling. In the future, she plans to move to Hawaii and find a job there.

Formal Analysis:

The media used in this exhibition was sculpture. To make her artwork, she used polyurethane foam. The many different structures that are decorated all over the wall are placed in a beautiful way as if they are floating in the space. The entire exhibition is shown in mostly white except for the structure hanging from the ceiling in the middle.


Content Analysis:

This exhibition is to represent Sage’s cells in her body as symptoms and mutations. She states the walls are the surface of her body while the patterns and symptoms emerge from the walls. She wants to show people how things may seem normal but can result in changes like mutations and lead to illness. By making her exhibition this way, she is able to show her audience how she feels about her illnesses throughout her life. The structure in the middle is the exterior of her body while the walls are her interiors.



Synthesis / My Experience:

My first initial thought as I entered her exhibition was that the structures on the walls were shells and probably represented the ocean in some way. After reading the artist statement, I noticed that the structures on the wall were not shells but cells in the body. As Sage talks about her exhibition, I noticed the details and started to grasp an understanding of her exhibition. Sage’s artwork was really beautiful and simple. I really like the idea behind her exhibition.


Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Shalane Holm


I got the great opportunity to meet Shalane Holm!! She is a Studio Art major and is currently a fourth year at CSULB. In the future, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher and teach the kids about art! She loves to do arts and crafts in her free time. I also found out that she loves dogs like me. She has three Labradors. She also likes cats, but unfortunately, she is allergic to them. Her favorite food is Mediterranean food and she also loves to eat pie as a dessert. She currently works at a bakery and is a manager there. An amazing thing I found out about her is it that is about to get married!!! Congratulations Shalane!!

Shalane believes that fan art is something that shows sincerity and love. She said that if someone drew fanart about a certain person, it means that they admire them and love them. That person took their time to sit down and draw an amazing piece about that person.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Caryn Aasness


Media: Textile

Gallery: Merlino Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist:

Caryn Aasness is currently a senior and undergraduate at CSULB. She is a student in the School of Art’s Fiber Arts Program. She is currently working towards her BFA in Fiber Arts. In the future, she wants to make design textiles and wallpaper. She also wants to one day be able to have her own show. To weave one of her art pieces in this exhibition, it takes her an average of 20 hours to finish. In every one of her pieces, she loves to incorporate actual texts into it.

Formal Analysis:

The media she used in this is cloth. The different colors that were weaved into the cloth really brought the piece to life. The texture had a more rougher feel to it. When looking at it closely, you can really see the beautiful stitch marks that make a really pretty pattern on it.


Content Analysis:

In each of her pieces, there is a message that can decoded from it. Caryn placed a little joke or riddle in each piece to make the piece more engaging in a way. The squares that are different from others correspond with a letter as seen from the picture below of a close up of the cloth. Once decoded, the riddle or joke is then solved. Caryn is trying to let us really understand what is behind the art piece. She wants to show us that there is more to it than what it looks like.

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Synthesis / My Experience:

Caryn’s exhibition was really interesting and way more engaging than the other exhibition’s that I have seen so far. I really liked the concept of having a fun activity of decoding a message from the art piece. I also though her Artist Statement was unique. It was kind of a little game from one of those magazines where you would make a choice and it leads you to the next. These games either tells you a little something about yourself or gives you a little message like Caryn’s.



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