Pop-up art show from students


Lizette Chavez

Some BC students stop to view the artwork before their classes at the pop-up shop.

Megan Fenwick, Reporter

A Bakersfield College drawing II class displayed art pieces in a pop-up art show on April 6 on the grassy area by the Fine Arts department. Music played while passers-by perused the art show, which was set up at 9:30 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 p.m. Students used elements of Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel to create a visual narrative using primarily oil or chalk pastels.

“A couple of them, I gave a little bit of creative freedom if they could really work it, but I was trying to get them to get that volume that Michelangelo had in his drawings,” said Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio, the BC art professor. One artist, Alan Ramirez, used different images from “The Final Judgement” to create an art piece that represented a person’s descent into hell. According to Ramirez, his drawing was focused on the suffering of the sinner and “what they might feel or what they go through.” For student Jesus Guillem, the assignment gave him the opportunity to get accustomed to drawing different facial profiles and using color.

“I tried to replicate (Michelangelo’s) work as best as I could and a little bit in my style, well, whatever I have of it because I don’t have an established style yet,” said Guillem. “There’s lots of progress, you know. Some of them have a really great gift, some of them are getting through the struggle, but they’ve created some beautiful work,” said Monterrubio.