Introduction to the Visual Arts

Moonbase Alpha

photo of a moonbase

Cyberspace Mazerunner

This week we’ll play a sort of hopscotch or mazerunner in cyberspace. You’ll use your website to make a page on a character and then provide links out to 3 or more classmates characters pages. Three or more different classmates will make links in to your character. So our giant group story will be a sort of choose your own adventure where readers can choose the steps they take through our co-created world.

Moonbase Alpha

The year is 2046 and you are a resident on Moonbase Alpha. You might be a miner, a pilot, a bartender, or have any other job of your choice at the moonbase.

We’ll all be participants at Moonbase Alpha, but you can think of your character in any cultural milieu you like: Hogworts, Game of Thrones, Minions, Jason Bourne, or any other context you can dream up that inspires you.

Take a photo of yourself to use as your character’s ID image. When you connecty to classmates to share links in or out of your page, tell them a few words about your character and come up with some sort of relationship between your characters: co-worker, employer, boyfriend or girlfriend, arch rival, and so on. Then when you create your links out to them, or they create their links in to you, you can say a few words about this person the reader is heading to see. You might encourage use to be nice to them, or to not trust them, or any other way you’d like to influence the reader as they step into this next part of their story surfing.

Publish Your Character

Try to think of your character’s name right away. Name your blog post with the character’s first name. So this week only instead of our normal post names: Wk 9 – Art Experience – Moonbase Alpha, if your character is Jennifer Le, then name your post “Jennifer.” Go ahead and publish it right away, even though you might only have a name and no other content yet. Now you’ve got a URL for your page so you can share it with all the classmates who’d like to link to you.

Your Blog Post

This week, your character is your blog post. You don’t need a separate page stating or analyzing what you did, you can just focus on fleshing out a cool character. Try to think of a backstory for your character: how did they get here? Are they excited to be here? Miserable? Are there events in their childhood that led them to this path?

Be creative! Have fun! Be out there! Try to make some connections to the other characters linking to or from your character profile. It’s great when characters have different points of view, so don’t be afraid if your version of events is very different to some character you’re connected to.


  1. Destiny Farihi
    Katherine Pantoja
    Cheryl Peng
    Jennifer Garcia

    Our group believes that both artists have art that are forms of expression. They both have a risk factor due to the fact that they are working with the human body. Both Kat and Guy have artwork that looks effortless and blends together seamlessly. Both tattoos and colored hair have been around for a really long time but both artist do it in with extreme attention to detail that makes their art pop.
    Kat Von D is very popular in today’s society because tattoos have grown tremendously within the last few years and have become vastly normal. Also, she has her own TV show that people follow along with her own product line. In comparison to “normal” art, tattoos take artwork to the extreme because it’s going in the human body that will stay a lifetime. It can’t be thrown away or taken back once it’s done.
    Guy Tang uses hair in a way that portrays it as art. Also, he has his a YouTube channel where he shows how he achieves different hair colors and looks For example, the way he colors and places the hair makes you want to keep looking at it and keeps you interested.
    In comparison, our group thought that Guy Tang’s artwork seems to be more colorful where as Kat’s style seems to be more black and white.

  2. Peter Bay
    Marylin Try
    Marlon Fernandes

    Kat Von D is a tattoo artist most notably known through her television series, LA Ink. She seems to have an affinity with tattooing faces and full body art. She also like to compare before and after shots of her clients.Tattoos are trending and nowadays, it’s normal to see everyone with tats. The opportunity that comes with being a tattoo artist is that she can also display her work not only on people, but it can be printed on clothing as well. She also has a partnership with the makeup industry such as Sephora.

    Guy Tang is a hair colorist/stylist based in West Hollywood. He is known internationally and has many clients ranging from normal people to celebrities. Through the use of social media such as Instragram, Twitter, and YouTube, he is able to project his works and his passion to the world. With hair trending from dark to light, and to even crazy colors and different styles such as balayage and ombre, he is able to make it “work”. Using before and after photos, people are able to see the transformation and how amazing his works are.

Comments? Questions? What great art did you see, make, or experience today?

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