In-Depth Night 2020

Hi TALONS learners! My name is Chanel and I am a grade 10 TALONS student. For this years In-Depth, I decided to make my goal learning how to twist. More specifically, mastering a half twisting layout off of a tumbling track at my gym.

Hope you enjoy the video!

 

 

Feel free to comment any questions or comments down below!

Thank you.

In-Depth blogpost #6

Over the past three weeks or so, I have tried my best to continue to make progress with my In-Depth. It hasn’t been possible for me to actually practice my twisting, since I don’t have access to any tumble tracks when all the gyms are closed. Though, I have continuously done some sort of exercise, daily, that will help my core, legs, and other parts of the body that need to be strong in order to twist properly and effectively.  

The Exercises I have been completing include daily runs and walks throughout my neighborhood and tumbling on my inflatable AirTrack. On the AirTrack, I’ll practice cartwheel or round-off backtucks, standing or running backhand-springs, front tosses, side ariels, and layouts. Unfortunately, it isn’t safe for me to attempt twisting on my Airtrack, because my attempts aren’t always consistent, there isn’t a soft place for me to land, and I don’t have a trained coach supervising me. Additionally, every day I have been doing indoor workouts that last approximately 15 – 40 minutes. It’s sometimes helpful for me to follow along with workouts different fitness trainers post on Youtube, too.  

For May 25th, I will be presenting my In-Depth by making a video with the app, iMovie, with a compilation of all the clips of my twisting. This will showcase my progress throughout these last five months in a clear format for my peers and teachers. Sadly, I never got footage of me doing a successful full twist because of the circumstances involving COVID-19. Though, I am very happy with how close I got to a full 360-degree twist!  

Overall, I have been trying my best to maintain my strength and skills for when I finally am able to get back to the gym and practice more full twists. I can’t wait for our virtual In-Depth night so I can see my peers progress as well! 

 

In-Depth blogpost #5

Throughout the last two weeks, it has been quite difficult to continue to make progress on my In-Depth. This is because the only two places I have access to a tumble track is my work, Leapfrog Gymnastics, and where I train, GForce gym. Both facilities are closed because everyone should be staying in their houses at this time. However, I have been doing what I can, inside my house and in my backyard to maintain my strength and familiarities with the drills.  

Over this time at home, I have been doing core exercises that include V-snaps, Russian twists, and plank hold. Additionally, when I get the chance, I have been working on other tumbling skills to keep my body used to it, so when I get back to the gym, I don’t impede my progress I made beforehand. Lastly, every couple days, I practice drills that I’m able to do properly with the equipment at my house. Consistent drill working helps me limit the chances I have of getting a mental block on my full twist once getting back to the gym. This is because I am continuously practicing the movements in simpler form. 

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning? 

My mentor exposes me to his varied way of teaching that had become unfamiliar to me over the past five years. Throughout the past two years of my life, I’d been trained by cheer/tumbling coaches, and learned their proper techniques. My mentor, Rory, however, I trained in coaching competitive gymnastics. Although cheer and gymnastics have their obvious similarities, they also have differences when it comes to form. Throughout this process, Rory has exposed me to this way of coaching, which I hadn’t been involved with since I trained as a competitive gymnast. 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning/accelerate learning?

What I have noticed, and what both Roop, my coach, and Rory, my mentor, have told me also is that a crucial component to improvement is filming yourself doing the skills. I wasn’t sure, at first, if this would help me improve significantly, but I proved myself wrong. At the end of each tumbling class, Roop films my attempted full twist 2-3 times, on my phone. Additionally, during the meetings with Rory, I make sure to get my skills, near the end of the meeting, on camera. For some particular reason, watching yourself do the full twist/half twist is a completely different feeling than when you’re doing the skill in the moment. In some ways, it is easier to fully comprehend the tips/constructive criticism that Rory and Roop give me when I am watching myself on a screen. 

  1. When you get together what do you talk about? 

Rory and I start off our meetings with a quick recap on how I have been feeling generally, in terms of twistingwhat specific progress I have made since our last meeting, and what challenges I feel I’ve been facing. Throughout the mentor meeting, we also discuss my confidence level, and if it’s changed. After I practice a few layouts to warm up, then get into half twists, Rory observes my form and points out the good and the bad parts of it that he noticed. I then take in this information and try my best to make my next twist improved.  

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now? 

Right now, what is going particularly well is how well Rory and I are able to communicate. When I was seven, I switched gyms, when training in competitive gymnastics, from Omega to Kerrigan. Rory and his wife, Sara, were the owners of Kerrigan and would sometimes trained me throughout the week. I trained at Kerrigan for about 3-4 years. Although this was long ago, Rory and I had built a strong foundation for our relationship which I believe makes it easier for us to communicate and fully understand each other now. Also, I began volunteering (now working) at Leapfrog during the summer break, and that is when I rekindled my relationships with both Sara and Rory. Because of our history, our communication has been strong from the beginning. 

  1. What are you learning about one another?

Throughout this process, we have both learned a lot of new things about each other. For example, I learned a little more about Rory’s personality. He is much better to communicate with in person than through text message. The majority of the time, he will either reply multiple days later, never open the message, or open it and not reply. Though in person, he is very enthusiastic and will give me clear dates when he is available, for example. I believe that he is learning a lot more about me, in general. When I trained when I was young, at his gym, was quite shy and I wouldn’t talk. Throughout my time working with him, and him mentoring me, I have opened up much more and overall have just come out of my shell. 

In-Depth Blogpost #4

Over these past few weeks, I have made decent progress given the unexpected circumstances involving COVID-19. 

Unfortunately, my mentor and I didn’t have a chance to have another in-person meeting before the corona virus outbreak. Although we spoke on the phone, it is not nearly as effective, especially since my In-Depth is quite hands-on. On the phone, Rory and I discussed how I have been feeling in terms of my progress and my confidence levels. Rory explained to me that he thinks that one of the main components that is holding me back is not feeling confident enough in myself. I am capable of doing a full twist, but I hesitate and don’t give it my absolute all. Since discussing this, I have been more aware of my mental limitations, including the fear of hurting myself.  

Two weeks ago, at my last tumbling class before Spring break, I was able to make significant progress! Roop, my tumbling coach, showed me a new drill to practice in order to familiarize myself with not just a half, but a complete full twist. The set-up looks like this: Two blue boxes stacked on top of each other, and a large red mat in front of the boxes. For the drill, I jumped off the box, with both arms up by my ears. As soon as I am in the air, I use my core muscles to hollow out my body, and push my feet forward, landing on my back on top of the mat. However, once I did this about five times, Roop showed me the version that’s most relevant to me. It is the same exact drill, except once I am airborne, I bring my left arm down to my side, tucking my chin in to the right, and rotate my body 360 degrees. I should have rotated fully before any part of my body comes into contact with the mat, landing once again on my back. 

I was able to do this drill two times before I developed a mental block for it. Each time I attempted, I would rotate almost halfway and just as my eyes saw the mat, I would chicken out, stop twisting, and put my hands and feet down. It was very defeating for me, since I hadn’t experienced a mental block on a skill since the end of last August. I was getting very frustrated, and wanted to give up, but Roop told me I had to do it at least once more. After spending about 25 minutes on just one drill, I did it once more and moved on. 

Although the previous drill hadn’t allowed for too much confidence and enthusiasm, I started practicing my twisting on the tumble track. It turns out that the drill actually helped me improve my form when it came to staying in a hollow shape, recognizing and using the right core muscles, and overall the effectiveness and speed of my twist. This boosted my mood and motivated me to keep trying.  

This is what my attempted full twist looked like by the end of the class: 

  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why? 

So far, the most difficult mentoring challenge has been the amount of time spent with each other to improve my skills. Rory and I still meet before each blogpost is due, but with an In-Depth like this, it’s crucial to stay consistent with my skills and conditioning. If I don’t regularly practice, I will slowly lose progress, and possibly my body may start to forget what muscles are to be used which means I go back to doing solely drills. I don’t think that this will be a problem, since I still practice every week at my gym. The problem is that it is not my mentor, Rory, teaching me. I am still making progress with Roop, but it is not ideal to have two different coaches, from different athletic backgrounds, teaching me how to have proper form. They are both very good coaches, though they each have slightly different teaching methods. I find Roop’s are sticking with me more because I trained with him more often than I do with Rory. This is not too big of a problem or setback, but it can make adopting to Rory’s teaching style more difficult when I meet with him. 

  1. What is working well? Why? 

The core exercises, and drills that both Roop and Rory have taught me are helping me improve even faster than I expected. For example, at tumbling class three weeks ago, Roop had me switch between doing a drill and attempting a full twist off the tumble track. It allowed me to get the hang of it more easily, and not hesitate as much as I usually do in the air. The drill was where I did a handstand, putting my hands down on a blue box, and kicked up hard enough that I started falling over. Once the weight stops being mainly on my hands, I lifup my left hand and rotate my body, so I am falling onto the mat in front of the box, on my stomach. Doing this repeatedly, alternating between this and the tumble track, really helped me with my confidence in terms of hesitation. I think that it is important for me to recognize these types othings so I can keep improving in the future and be aware of how I am progressing, physically and mentally. Both Rory and Roop have made this possible. 

  1. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?

As mentioned earlier, COVID-19 has impacted and impeded my progress in getting my full twist off the tumble track significantly over these past few weeks. Since everyone is instructed to stay in their houses, that is what my family has been doing. This means that I don’t have access to GForce gym, where I train, and even where I work at LeapFrog gymnastics to use the tumble track. At my house, I have been practicing core exercises every couple days for about 30-45 minutes to keep my core muscles strong. These include exercises such as V-snaps, crunches, push-ups, Russian twists, hollow body rocks, and plank. It has been a challenge to stay motivated lately since I don’t have access to the equipment I need to practice my twisting, but I know that it is important to continue to strengthen my body, so I don’t lose progress when I get back to the gym. 

Overall, I am happy with how much I have been progressing, and with the right facilities, I finally feel as though my goal will certainly be achieved by May! 

In-Depth blogpost #3

My third In-Depth meeting turned out to be very successful! Before Rory and I started practicing my twisting, we discussed the specifics. Every meeting would take place at Leapfrog, the gym where he and I both coach. I made sure to tell him beforehand, and during the meeting how many meetings there needs to be in total, and how many more we have left. Each meeting will last about 45 minutes to an hour. We will be communicating online (text message), and additionally, in person, when we see each other at work.  

This meeting, I showed Rory where my progress was at. On the tumble track at Leapfrog, I did my round-off layout to the best of my ability. Once I had done it about five times, Rory started to give me pointers. He told me it is “important to keep [my] chin tucked in […] reaching for my chest” on my take-off. When doing my layouts, I was landing on the mat about a meter and a half away from the edge of the tumble track. Rory explained to me that it is crucial to not go long but go for height instead. If I am landing far, it means that I am not staying as tight as I could have, and I’m throwing my head back. I then did my layout three more times with Rory spotting me. All he did was help me in gaining height, not distance, during my take-off from the tumble track. His minor assistance allowed my whole layout to look, and feel, so much better; I landed less than a meter away from the edge of the track!  

After about 20 minutes, we moved onto to my half twists. I focused on keeping my core tight, and “leading with my feet.” The technique used for a layout and a half twist are relatively similar. For both of them, it is important to keep your body in a hollow ‘banana’ shape, without your head being flung back.  

Half Twist 

What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions? 

What went particularly well was the amount of progress we got done within an hour. We were able to discuss our schedules, times and dates available, what goals I have for myself moving forward, and how I feel I am progressing. We also had perfected my layout as best as we could before moving onto twisting where I was able to get a three-quarter rotation. This made me really happy. 

What learning challenges emerged? 

A learning challenge that emerged was the difference in teaching between my tumbling coach, Roop, and my mentor, Rory. Roop is a cheer and tumbling coach, whereas Rory is a gymnastics coach. Cheer tumbling and gymnastics tumbling are quite similar but are slightly different in terms of technique. I go to tumbling class with Roop twice a week, and for the past two months, he has been helping me with my twisting. Roop taught me to drop my right arm by my side and tuck my chin in to the right and downwards since I twist to the right. During my mentor meeting, Rory told me to twist, dropping my left arm instead. Both techniques worked well for me, but it may confuse my body in the future since I have been practicing both ways, which increases risk of injury also.  

Were you communicating effectively with one another? 

I believe that Rory and I were communicating effectively with each other throughout the entire meeting. Once I did another layout, for example, I would tell him how it felt for me. I would tell him if I felt as though I flung my head back, or opened up too early in the air, then he would tell me what he noticed and what he thinks that I need to focus on. We also communicated with each other when we would meet next, and what days of the week work best for both of us. 

Overall, I had a very successful mentor meeting where I made a lot of progress!

In-Depth Blogpost #2

I have made great progress at tumbling class and with my mentor so far! After I got back from winter break, I explained my In-Depth project to my tumbling coach so we could work on my twisting and drills throughout my classes. For the past month or so, I have mastered approximately four drills. These include a drill where I am standing on a big mat, I do a back handspring, and instead of landing on my feet, I land on my stomach. Throughout the flip, when I feel less weight on my hands, I drop my right arm against my side, and tuck my chin in to the right. This movement rotates me to land on my side/back, depending how effectively I do it. Another drill I have been practicing is where I lay on a box about a meter high, with a mat on the ground. I start in a hollow body position with my arms up, and I rotate my hips and roll onto the mat, landing on my right side. Drills such as these strengthen my core and familiarize me with the feeling of rotating my body mid-air.   Additionally, I have been consistently practicing to perfect my form in my newly achieved half twist off the tumbling track.

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HALF TWIST: position mid-air
Position in air 2
HALF TWIST: three quarters through skill

During my first meeting with my
mentor, Rory, I learned a lot about his experiences involving gymnastics throughout his lifetime. At age four, Rory began gymnastics classes and continued to train until he was eighteen years old, increasing his hours until he was training over 17 hours a week. At this time, he was a National Level Competitive gymnast. At thirteen years old, my mentor started to train young children gymnastics, as he thought he was good with interacting with kids. He absolutely loved gymnastics but at “a certain point [he] decided [if he was] to push to the top or not;” after consideration he decided to retire as a national gymnast and start to coach instead. As a young adult, my mentor and his wife, Sara, owned a gym called Kerrigan (named after his surname), where I trained for about four years. Recently, Rory and his wife opened a gym called Leapfrog Gymnastics specifically for kids about 1-10 years old. His love for gymnastics has stayed strong throughout his lifetime and continues to enjoy training kids as his job.

Rory also has given me valuable insights on how to have proper form when twisting. He emphasized his point on taking consistent videos of my layouts and half twists to ensure my form is ready to try a full twist. This way I can look back on the videos and analyze my body position through the air. Rory also explained to me that it is crucial that before I even start attempting to twist, I have a consistent hollow body position in my layout.  Once opened or arched, I will lose control of my body when flipping.

example flip
Arched body position, chin not tucked

It is important to keep my chin tucked in too, since this will help prevent me from arching my back and losing my hollow body shape. Rory also explained that leading with my feet is something to think about when practicing my twisting.

Throughout the past month, I have mastered my layout position and started practicing to get my half twist consistently off the tumbling track. Overall, I am happy with progress I have made with my mentor, and with my tumbling coach, and can’t wait to continue to master my skills!

 

In-Depth Blogpost #1

This year for In-Depth, my goal is to get my full twist off the tumbling track! I will start with practicing drills, layouts, half twisting, then attempting my full twist. At my last shift at work, during my break, I used their tumbling track to practice flipping. Perfecting my layout’s form is one of the first goals I would like to achieve. I will also be using the tumbling track at the gym I train at, to practice my skills. I am working on getting a mentor; I have talked to my tumbling coach, and he said that we can work on twisting during the days he coaches me (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s). Though, I am planning on asking either one of my bosses, or my co-worker, Gabby from work, to be my mentor since all three of them have quite a lot of gymnastics experience. I was going to talk with them on Saturday, but our shifts were at different times, unfortunately. I will start practicing my twisting drills and perfecting my layouts by next week during tumbling class, and will hopefully have achieved getting a full twist by May 25th for In-Depth night. This has always been a big goal for me as a tumbler, and I believe that I am now physically and mentally capable to pursue it. I am very much looking forward to doing what I love most for a school project, and I can’t wait to fully begin!

 

 

CLE Thematic Statements

  1. General Skills learned in university stick with you throughout your lifetime and being able to apply them to larger, out of context situations is a very useful skill to acquire.
  2. It’s crucial to know, understand and accept your limits; recognizing how far you can go, and how much (work) you can achieve before you’re too overwhelmed is very important to do in university, as the workload will be heavy.
  3. Differentiating the two branches of psychology and recognizing which you’re most interested in studying and focusing on.

Isadora Duncan Introductory Blogpost

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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”

Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary French and American dancer who affected many individuals throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century. I am drawn to research more about her for I find it fascinating how she strayed away from the societal standards of her generation when it came to how females were expected to act, dress, and express themselves. Isadora Duncan is known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” as she sparked the start of an amazing and elaborate genre of dance. 

Both Isadora Duncan and I love to express ourselves through dancing. I have never preferred dances such as ballet, where there is a lot of rule following and structure to the classes and techniques. Whereas dance genres such as hip hop, modern and jazz are freer, in terms of style and your interpretation of the movements. I love to express myself while dancing in these styles. Isadora Duncan also preferred modern dance opposed ballet. Isadora believed dance should be viewed as an art, not simply entertainment for others. Ballet to her was “ugly and against nature,” which I believe is a little extreme, though I understand her reasons for preferring freer dance styles.

Isadora Duncan was an independent, determined, and creative individual who I aspire to be like. Throughout her lifetime, she vowed herself to never marry, so she would not have to tend to a man. Though, she did have her first child, Deirdre out of wedlock. I am relatively sure I’d like to marry, though I don’t want my life to revolve around my marriage. Isadora showed great determination throughout her lifetime. At first, it was difficult for her to get shows booked, as her style of dance was unique and different compared to other dancers at the time. Though, she never gave up, and was finally able to grow her popularity.  

Isadora Duncan had a very broad outlook on life. Instead of focusing on the little things, she decided that in her life the big picture is most important.Image result for isadora duncan feminism Isadora also appreciated people who had the same views as her, as she found broader outlooks on life are best for people to have. Though she lived for majority in the late 1800’s, Isadora Duncan did not accept social biases of people. From this, I can infer that Isadora was very ahead of her time and a proactive individual. In TALONS I believe that having a broader outlook on situations will help me greatly. Instead of my focusing on a bad grade I may receive on one quiz, I will step back and take a look at the big picture. Did I try my best? Will this quiz affect me in the long run? Most likely I would have tried my best, and the quiz won’t affect my grade for the future. By doing this, my stress will decrease, and my happiness will have increased. 

Both Isadora and I are females. Because she was living in the 1800s and 1900’s, she faced quite a lot of gender discrimination. Since Isadora was an independent and unique dancer, she surprised and offended certain people of her generation. Women were not expected to act as freely as she chose to. Though, what’s different for me is that I am a living as a female in the 21st century where I will still face discrimination because of my gender, but not nearly as much as Isadora faced. Since Isadora was quite poor growing up, and I am privileged to be living in a stable, wealthier environment, I will make sure to address these topics in a respectful and appropriate manner if I decide to talk about her childhood in my speech.

Not only did Isadora Duncan spark the revolution of modern dancing, but she helped give Image result for isadora duncanwomen more freedom to express themselves in non-conventional ways. Isadora Duncan brought “a vocabulary of basic movements to heroic and expressive standards.” In her performances, she wore loose, flowy dresses, that almost resembled tunics. During her time, corsets, high collars, and heavy skirts were expected to be worn by women during dance performances. Her arms and legs were bare, which some found appalling, and others began to grow appreciation for. Isadora believed women should be allowed to express themselves in the manner they choose; she was an anarchic socialist who had the belief that emphasizing community and individual’s thoughts were a crucial part of living. Her controversial ideas stood out to her community, then grew more significant to people across the country, then the world. Isadora Duncan sparked the beginning of a new and unique dance style, extremely well known today.  

Isadora was a toddler when her parents split up, and she lived full time with her mother. Unfortunately, her mother’s income was small, for she was a piano teacher. Isadora grew up loving the arts, and so did her family. She loved dance so much, that at age 10, she dropped out of school, as it ‘wasn’t for her.’

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Isadora, Deirdre, and Patrick

As Isadora got older, it was a challenge for her to keep persevering and show GRIT when she received a lot of criticism on her beliefs and dance style. Though, the criticism eventually passed, and the fame arose.
Later, in 1913, two of Isadora’s children named Deirdre and Patrick, along with their Nanny, drowned in a river when the brakes on their car would not work. Isadora took their deaths very hard, and as you would expect was devastated. Her two dances ‘Mother’ and ‘Marche
Funebre were inspired by the heartbreak and loss she felt at after losing her children. 

Isadora Duncan grew up knowing she wanted to dance, but little did she know that she’s now considered one of the most influential and impactful dancers of all time. 

For my next steps in my research, I am going to delve deeper to grasp a better understanding of Isadora Duncan’s life story, wants, fears, and achievements.

Thank you.

 

Michelangelo Introductory Blogpost

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

Michelangelo

Michelangelo was an accomplished and driven artist who shaped our art world into what it is today. The artist was born in Florence, Italy and lived there until he passed away at age 88 on February 18, 1564 in his hometown.

I am drawn to learning more about Michelangelo because he changed the world of the arts immensely. I believe that artists don’t get enough recognition for their work especially in schoolwork and assignments. Being an artist does not just require simply having artistic talent, but it requires innovation, patience, creativity, ambition and many more valuable attributes.

As a learner, I share in common having supportive parents with Michelangelo. From a young age, Michelangelo knew that he wanted to keep pursuing the arts; sculpting, drawing, painting and poetry. When Michelangelo was quite young, his mother had died, and his father did not believe he should pursue art because it was below their family’s social status. Fortunately, by age 13, Michelangelo’s father realized how much talent and potential his son had in him and arranged for Michelangelo to be apprenticed by Domenico Ghirlandaio, the leading fresco painter in Florence at the time. Both my mom and dad have always urged me to follow whatever passions and interests I felt I enjoyed pursuing the best. They do not limit me to jobs which simply pay well or the job that both my mom and grandmother have always had. Both Michelangelo and I also enjoy more of the creative side of school such as the humanity classes, rather than the technical, analytical side of school.

Michelangelo and I both get carried away with our new ideas and passions. Michelangelo was an extremely focused and persistent person who would not get distracted easily

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David; one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures

 

if he found something he loved to work on. Because of his pure ambition, “he would often forget to take his boots off […] for weeks at a time.” Michelangelo worked hard every single day to pursue his passions in art. This is just like tumbling and me. Especially during the past two summers, every single day I would go into my backyard and practice my tumbling skills for hours. Just as Michelangelo would forget to take off his boots, I would forget to eat lunch or dinner without even noticing my hunger since I was so busy perfecting and learning my tumbling skills. This can be a positive or a negative trait depending on how you look at it; we both are great at focusing on something we love, but it can also make us oblivious to other important tasks we should be focusing on also.

In TALONS, one of my biggest goals now is to work on procrastinating my assignments less.  Michelangelo did not procrastinate one bit. Every day he would work on perfecting his skills and I admire him for that. Not only would he practice his skills on his own time, but the jobs of making sculptures and paintings for people were not procrastinated on either. He put in his all into every single piece he did. This is how he became the accomplished and talent filled person he was throughout his lifetime. Some may interpret his dedication as an addiction, but to an extent, I believe that it is a great attribute in a person.

Michelangelo has contributed to the art field in a positive way by creating meaningful and memorable pieces of art, influencing others, and starting the movement of mannerisms. His most famous piece of art is the work he did on the celling of the Sistine

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The Creation of Adam; Sistine Chapel

chapel, a Chapel located in Vatican City state. This is one of the most impactful and famous artworks done of all time; the ceiling depicts key scenes from the book of Genesis. Michelangelo also influenced a ton of different artists throughout his lifetime and introduced a style of art to the world called Mannerism. Mannerism is a certain style of European art that Michelangelo sparked the use of, along with other artists such as Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo’s approach to aesthetic, techniques and his own beliefs were implemented into a number of his artworks and were frequently the complete opposite of Leonardo Davinci’s; this was very surprising to most people since Leonardo da Vinci was a world class intellect and an exceedingly influential and famous artist. Though, both artists were very significant in Florence in the 1500’s.

Michelangelo has had to persevere through a variety of situations and hardships to become the person he was. At age six, his mother passed away, which negatively affected him and his family greatly as he grew up. He lived with his father. Michelangelo knew from a young age that he loved the arts, but his father thought that artists were below their social status and urged Michelangelo not to pursue it. Michelangelo didn’t listen to his father and kept practicing what he loved daily. Thankfully, his father realized his son’s potential and apprenticed him with a respected artist in their city named Ghirlandaio. 

For my next step in my research, I am going to find books about Michelangelo, and grasp a deeper understanding of who Michelangelo was, and what his values and beliefs were.

Michelangelo died an accomplished, respected, and talented individual who impacted not only artists, but society greatly.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Michelangelo/The-ceiling-of-the-Sistine-Chapel 

http://wludh.ca/dh100/2015/Eur/ItRnArt/the-influence-of-the-artists/michelangelos-influence/ 

https://sites.google.com/site/michelangeloartwalk/patrons-of-michelangelo/michelangelo-s-impact-on-society 

https://www.britannica.com/art/Mannerism 

https://oilandmarble.com/2015/09/17/seven-keys-to-michelangelos-success/ 

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