Students use art as form of expression at USU’s Art 180 event

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Guest artist, Ronnie Robles, prepares his paint at the Art 180 event held at the USU on Thursday. Passersby were encouraged to paint over his work as well as draw and paint old records for display. Clotheslines in the back of the stage were used as impromptu easels for the various works produced. Photo credit: Nathan McMahon / Opinion Editor

Guest artist, Ronnie Robles, prepares his paint at the Art 180 event held at the USU on Thursday. Passersby were encouraged to paint over his work as well as draw and paint old records for display. Clotheslines in the back of the stage were used as impromptu easels for the various works produced. Photo credit: Nathan McMahon / Opinion Editor

Students attended Art 180, an event where a muralist creates live art, to release some stress and participated in the variety of artistic activities.

At the event students were able to have glitter tattoos, eat edible fruit bouquets, participate in spin art sketching with sketching stations and a free speech wall, watch spoken word, decorate cookies and watch a live painting by Ronnie Robles, a muralist and performance artist.

Emmanuel Martinez, 23, senior english major and event lead, said the purpose of the event is to showcase to students how to think progressively when it comes to art.

He also said after the event students would have the opportunity to put sketches they created on a clothesline and walk through and see other students’ work.

“I expect students will walk in seeing different art work here and think critically and deeply,” he said. “The biggest takeaway is to engage artwork here done by students.”

Angela Hovsepyan, 21, junior kinesiology major, said people should came to the event because they had the opportunity to experience a new hobby.

“I think it is great having this event on campus,” she said. “It is nice to see students getting together and being active on campus because a lot of student here commute.”

The spoken word was a flash-slam, similar to a flash-mob, where CSUN’s poetry slam team created poetry to get students motivated.

Martinez said Robles was the professional artist at the event because he is highly respected and recommended by several people.

Robles said he has been a muralist since the third grade because art work surpasses languages and age barriers.

Taylor Watson, 27, a senior sociology major, said she came to this event to support Robles, a member of her fellowship group.

Robles said each piece fills a person’s story and about 9 out of 10 of those buy pieces they relate to.

Watson said she bought a piece of Robles work at the event she named the “Colorful Soul” because it is an expression of a woman and a nice piece of art to put in her room.

Robles said this piece was a live piece he painted at the beach in January that expresses the contentment of being free.

Martinez said hopefully the USU will do this again next year and recommends students visit art programs on campus and the art department.

For further information contact USU events department at (818) 677-2491 and contact Robles on twitter at @WHEREUATRO.


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