Introductory Blog Post

“Ah! Botticelli! Botticelli! The elegance and grace of suffering passion, the profound feeling of sadness in voluptuousness! All our modern soul apprehended and transposed, with the most disquieting enchantment that ever came from an artist’s creation.”

  • Writer Emile Zola’s Narcisse character

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This year in TALONS, I have chosen Sandro Botticelli to be my eminent person. Sandro Botticelli had a love for art; he challenged the boundaries of what was possible. He took many risks experimenting with different ideas to enhance his artwork. Sandro was born in Florence, Italy, in the year 1445; he would grow up to become one of the most influential artists in the renaissance era. Just like Sandro Botticelli, I grew up with art. When I was young, I had always dreamed of becoming an artist; I had dreamed of being free. Sandro never let his art become shackled by the societal boundaries of art; the Christian art form that most within the renaissance period had become accustomed to, even creating the first large-scale painting in Europe that wasn’t Christian. This painting would later become known as the Primavera.

Sandro was brave and courageous, someone who pushed the boundaries and limits of art. My goal in TALONS this year is to take more risks and step outside my comfort zone. One day I aspire to have the same amount of courage and bravery as Sandro Botticelli. This process may not be complete in a day, maybe not even within a year, but I will try my best to follow the example made by the artist Sandro Botticelli. This year, I want to be open to new experiences, and take more risks related to my learning.

Barriers that I may have while connecting with Sandro include religion, geography, and race. I can address these barriers by acknowledging that everyone has differences.  Art gives us a way to express our emotions; art brings people together, no matter what race or religion. Art is a universal language.

At the time, many artists would paint scenes from the bible, but Sandro was unique. Sandro paved the way for future generations of artists; his style made a lasting impact on the world. Sandro was a brilliant artist; he pushed the limits and boundaries of renaissance art. 10 or 50 years from now, Sandro is known as a revolutionary artist, who changed the course of art during the renaissance period. Sandro’s journey as an artist was long and hard; it took a lot of time and effort for him to stand out. At the time, there wasn’t much variation in art, but Sandro stood out; he challenged the boundaries of renaissance art, creating a new style. Sandro wanted to become recognized as an artist, and probably feared he would become a tanner like his dad, but Botticelli was a dreamer.

I believe Sandro is worth researching; he took risks; he was unique and brought his type of flare into his art style every day. He didn’t conform to societal expectations of art. Botticelli’s story tells us that life is too short; if we never take any risks, we’ll never get past where we are now.

For my eminent presentation, I hope to portray Sandro as an artist with dreams and hopes, with a passion for artistic creativity. This journey will be difficult, and it certainly won’t be short, but I can’t wait to see where this piece takes me.

Digital Footprint Assignment

  1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least 2 examples

Depending on the type of digital footprint you leave, it could have a negative or positive affect on future opportunities. As an example, say you’re applying for a job, and you posted something offensive on any social media platform in the past, it’s permanently there, meaning that your employer will most likely see the post and have an immediate impression of you which may cost you the job. If you’re constantly posting positive messages, and you’re communicating in a calm and collective way online, it may have a positive effect on your employer boosting your chances of getting a job, or getting into/staying in a university.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

  1. Think before you post
  2. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes
  3. Be kind and courteous

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t really do anything differently online, although a piece of advice that I would give my younger self is to not give into peer pressure. Not to do everything because someone else wants me to do it, but because I’m driven and willing to something.

Training Post

You are now going to create your very first post. In a separate tab or browser window, go to your Dashboard on the left and go to  Posts -> Add New.

1) Title – Create a title for your blog post. Your title will be: Digital Footprint Assignment

2) Body – This is where you place your content of the post – text, videos, pictures, etc. Follow the instructions on the Digital Footprint Assignment page to see what questions you need to answer here.

3) Tool Bar – In your toolbar you can “Add Media” and “Add Documents” into your posts, this is the best way to create visual representations. You can also change fonts, hyperlink, etc.

4) Publish – Here is where you control what items are public and private. You can also control when they are published to your website.

5) Categories – Here is where you choose where you want your post to go. This is your digital binder with all of your subjects. Make sure to categorize each post with the relevant subject. E.g. Categories -> English

6) Tags –  Here is where you tag posts with one or two of the most readily applicable Core Competencies. These tags can help you find things quicker on your blog and help you stay organised. E.g. Tag -> creativethinking

7) Publish – When you are done, simply “Publish” it. If it has been edited, press “Republish” to update with the latest version of the content.