Wk15 – Classmate Conversation-Justin Marquez

My final classmate conversation this semester was with Justin Marquez. Justin is from Glendale, CA and he is currently living in the student dorms on campus. This is his first year at CSULB and he is majoring in Computer Engineering. During his free time Justin enjoys playing video games and playing basketball. During weekends Justin goes back home to visit his family and work at his part time job at a movie theater.


Here is a link to Justin’s website for more info:







Wk 15- Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As The Crow Flies

Media: paper, printing inks, screens, chemicals, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi -Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none


About the Artist:

Nancy Young is currently  a student at CSULB in the art Printmaking Program. This will be her final semester because she will be graduating with her BFA this spring. Nancy lives in Costa Mesa and is a full time data  programmer for the City of Orange. She titled this exhibition “As The Crow Flies” to parallel her graduation and departure from CSULB. Nancy really enjoys printmaking and going to different classes to enhance her skills.

Formal Analysis:

Nancy’s work consisted of prints made from different materials and techniques.She was nice to show a group of the negative with the corresponding print in the exhibition. The prints themselves were made up of blacks and a varied other muted tones. The prints looked like they had a texture to them that would be felt if you ran your finger tips along the image.

Content Analysis:

Nancy told us that before she created any her piece she had the phrase “As the Crow Flies” in her mind. To her that phrase represented her finally leaving the nest of CSULB and flying away to graduate.  With that she started to try to find reference pictures of birds to help her create her prints. She told us she found many at the school library because it had great resources. She also took many of her own photos from her neighborhood and created prints of them. She pointed out one to us that was a view as seen from her driveway.


I really connected with this exhibition. Just as Nancy will be graduating soon, I will also be departing CSULB within a year. It does fill like you will soon be leaving the protection of the CSULB nest and going out into the world to fend for yourself. I really enjoyed talking with Nancy because she was really interested in explaining the different processes she went through to create her work.





Wk14- Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

Sketching in the Japanese garden was a really relaxing and fun experience. The day was nice and  sunny making an outdoor activity like this all the more pleasant. My Drawing skills are not that fantastic but I tried to sketch and not use my eraser. I really had fun just sitting and drawing and I like how my sketches turned out in the end. I had a difficult time with the abstract portion of the assignment