Drawing on Form : Visual Reports from The Vessel XII Controversy

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Image: Stephan Xie

As a way to interact with ‘Antiprism: Exploring the Vessel XII Controversy‘ at The de Young Museum, on-site columnists in the Sunset Media Wave program were invited to create two-dimensional interpretations of several sculptural forms within the installation.  Students were encouraged to draw inspiration from the basic architecture, color and qualities of an antiprism by utilizing tape to stencil off and emphasize the distinct planes of objects they drafted with various mark making techniques.  The results came out great, and I was pleased with how focused and intrigued the Wavers were with their pieces.  The project provided them with a direct way to experience and add to the ongoing story of the installation. Continue reading

Thrifty Business: Treasure Island Flea Market

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Spring Break. It feels as if it happened ages ago. I fantasized about how I was going to spend the break taking adventurous trips around the city with my closest friends, but in the end, work stopped me in my tracks. Luckily I was able to sneak away from work for a day to visit the Treasure Island Flea Market. This flea market is held on the last weekend of every month, and is well known for its fun festivities and food. Continue reading

Monovlogs: ‘Awkward’ Rant Video

Hi friends, welcome back to Monovlogs! Guess what I’ve made? I’ve made a rant video! I’ve been wanting to make one of these since, basically, the start of my existence after idolizing so many amazing youtubers and vloggers that shaped who I am today. As cliché as that sounded, it is completely true. My sense of humor and the morals that I have today are influenced by the things that I have loved as a child. Every movie, youtuber, actor, story, and so on have affected who I am as a human being. Take that into consideration before you have your little sister memorize “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot at an influential age or else they’ll probably end up like me. I have grown up watching these witty youtubers (ShaneDawsonTv, Bubbiosity, CommunityChannel, Danisnotonfire, Smosh etc) and they’ve always looked so simple to make. Simple edits, a few cuts here and there, and a whole bunch of improv, right? No, that is not the case at all. This simple video has taken me a good month to create, taking a few days to write maybe a ten minute script.

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Heart-to-Art: Expanding Space

IMG_3361This semester I explored a new part of art: printmaking. Printmaking is the process of making art by printing (according to Google). Of course, there is more to it than that, but that’s basically what it is— printing on a piece of paper. This spring I learned two types of printing methods: block printing and screen printing. Using these two methods, my printmaking teacher gave us “space” as a broad theme for our prints. We then created an accordion book with our own branched-off concept from that theme.

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The Wave: Cardboard Cutouts


Now that we’re wrapping up our Spring Cycle here at SMW, we took some time to have a little bit of fun with cardboard (one of our favorite mediums). We asked everyone to construct something to represent or go along with their columns, and the results were pretty spectacular. We also did a fun questionnaire about cats, donuts and procrastination. Check both out below! Continue reading