Hamilton: Big Ideas

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

“Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”

These lines represent the thought process of Hamilton at the time, having bad experiences and essentially starting out with nothing. He begins to gain this idea of achieving something, doing good for his future, beginning to realize that in order to accomplish this, sacrifices must be made.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

“Another immigrant
Comin’ up from the bottom”

Representing the difference between cultures and origins, this line explains how individuals are beginning to rise up due to their efforts, while simultaneously bringing up the values of people at that time, specifically the social classes that were beginning to change.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside
A voice saying
‘You gotta fend for yourself.’
He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf”

After losing family Hamilton hits a sudden realization that he has to be his protection in this world, because there’s no one left for him. He begins to start educating himself in order to achieve his dream and to fend for himself, his outlook on life changing immensely.

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

“In New York, you can be a new man”

Hamilton as well as the people in the Caribbeans knew that there would be no hope if he stayed, and this line represents this opportunity that he had. That in order to achieve his dream and become something, acknowledgement of his current environment needed to thought about. This line means, “In order to be great, you must go somewhere where people learn to be great.”

Independent Investigation

Here is a video that hasn’t been made at 3AM this time.


1.https://www.uswars.net/fren    ch-iroquois-wars/





Grade 10 Ind Investigation consulted:



In-Depth v5

To clarify, I have created a few illustrations of people posing, with a little bit of sketches on the side, but choose not to have them placed step by step on this post. Rather, I will post one of the the finished sketches, describing my issues and going a little in-depth into it.

(to clarify, more then this has been done, but I would like to work on it for the presentation)
I went through a step by step process (that I will show when presenting), of starting out with a model of the body strictly with shapes, learning that the average height of an adult is 7x their own head’s height, and from there I began to shape up the body a little bit. I picked a point where light was going to come from, and at that point on Grace walked me through shading, positioning, etc. When I finished my first attempt, we came across an issue, being my awkward proportions for the body. She told me that typically the shoulder-blades and body were supposed to be shaped differently, and less like a caveman’s arms would be, so I slimmed it down, added a few more details, then decided to finish sketching and to start finelining. At this point, I had gotten the hang of it, due to some previous experience shading landscapes, and eventually finished it. I do need to work on the blending of my shading, making sure that when finelining the shadow instead looks smooth, rather than jagged and rough. The reason why there are so many sketches of hands on the outside, is because we decided that I needed to work on my hands. If you couldn’t tell, the hand that I drew on is nowhere near perfect and took a lot of effort to even get it to that. A few things I learned about drawing hands, is that the palm and fingers are about the same size, taking up half of the actual hand, and that shading or contrast plays a big part in a natural looking hand.


To answer the questions, my mentor hasn’t really provided me with any learning opportunities, but has given me opportunities to pursue art, specifically providing art competitions and different types of art options for me to continue with, both teaching new art skills while practicing previo   us learnt skills, challenging me to succeed.

Usually, when I meet with my mentor we only talk about the artwork, but she occasionally mentions how some struggles I have happened to her children previously, her children having won a good amount of art competitions.

Something going pretty well in our mentoring relationship, is how we haven’t run into any awkward moments or conversations because we have both acknowledged my flaws and difficulties in work.

I’ve learnt a lot about her family and her ways/thoughts on politics or any relevant events that happen in the world in general. I may not agree with all of them, but it’s enjoyable to have a casual conversation about something other than art from time to time.

Letter to Frederick Hamilton-Elizabeth-Samuel James XXVIII

To my old friend Frederick Hamilton-Elizabeth-Samuel James XXVIII,

I bring you a letter filled with serious concern. Do not speak of this with anyone until further confirmation is received, but after the death of old Maria Janice Robert XIV’s husband, I’ve gained the strong suspicion that the woman’s a witch. Yes, I understand that I’ve accused 54 other widows of witchery solely based on the fact that they were poor, independent, and smart, but this time I am certain. Not only is she catholic, but there have been rumours going round speaking of a magical healing liquid she’s been providing. The reason why I am hesitant to announce this information to Hopkins, is because she may come in handy. Did you notice how the hag was one of the few peasants that survived that massive cat incident? Even still, her power must be supplied by the devil, so we must eliminate her right away. Actually, with the recent wave of false jailing, I’ve become worried whether this god and devil idea is real. I am mostly worried about the king. James VI has been performing some questionable acts lately, most of which hinder the Magna Carta. Now I’m not saying the Magna Carta is a good thing, but do you not think that it is somewhat controversial how our so called “God” would be disobeying rules? What if this “Divine Right of Kings” concept is bogus? You didn’t hear this from me, but I’ve begun to feel like this guy’s losing his marbles. Possibly witchcraft, but who knows? Whatever it is, I think that we’ve got to play it casual from this point on, brother. Witchery or corruption, our money’s staying safe.


Sir John Maximus-Wilburton-Barrows Cornelius XVII

Wheel of Revolution | DOL#1

capture(this was the biggest I could get the image)

The first and most important thing that comes to mind, is how the people began to fight for their own specific rights and equality in general. I thought of the connection to certain communities who aren’t necessarily considered equal to everyone, and how people of our day to day lives, much like in the past, are continuing to fight for their character and fairness. At the time of the French Revolution, people were just beginning to fight for equality, specifically women’s rights. Up to this date, these battles are still ongoing, but also for the equality of LGBTQ+, racial diversity, and young adults.

The French Revolution, in my eyes, only provides minor justice. Although they eliminated their previous ruler, they became so out of hand that the only way to control the citizens was through military authority, which is essentially what they began with. Even then, Bonaparte staged a coup d’état, overthrowing the government and appointing himself France’s “first consul,” somewhat resolving the issues. In the end, I think the events turned out positive to our society today, providing the idea of equality, rights, and acknowledging that the bottom class doesn’t have to remain at the bottom. Those in power may disagree because of their positions, but it inspired continuous generations to fight for freedom and equality.

In-Depth v4

So far, in-depth has allowed me to practice some specific artistic skills, and I’m currently learning about the creation of natural poses and how certain images that may look normal to us, are actually incredibly awkward when you look deeper into them.

The most difficult challenge so far, has been pulling through and trying to learn as much as possible. I’ve realized a number of things during in-depth:

  1. My mentor is extremely busy (and that I can’t do anything about it).
  2. In-depth’s timespan isn’t actually as long as it feels.
  3. I have to make the most of what my mentor is providing.
  4. It is hard to provide physical evidence of my learnings, considering my in-depth (but I’m trying my hardest)

Although there are obvious struggles, I feel as if my skills are definitely increasing. I’m not the greatest or most experienced artist, but spending time with my mentor and being taught certain ideas, has definitely paid off. The largest issue, however, is the fact that artistic skill is required to properly draw people, and that you can’t provide skill, only teach it.

Something that’s working well, is my mentor’s experience. After years of art experience, she is easily able to guide me, pointing out any flaws that occur and teaching me how to solve them. I’ve learnt a good amount about positioning of facial parts, proportions of body and how to casually measure them without efforts. She’s also helped me realize that you shouldn’t stress about making it perfect to you, because just drawing itself, looks smoother and flows better.

From my current doings, I feel like I should clarify with my mentor, my skill level. Although I can grasp skills pretty easily, starting at a lower level would be pretty helpful, just to clarify some ideas. By lower level, I mean focus on body language and the actual structure instead of advanced details and specific additions.

Ever make mistakes in life? Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now. -Bob Ross

Significant Object

What is the story of my memories collection?
My significant object consists of a collection of items that provide me with memories I never want to forget. I started this collection after graduating middle school, my first piece being a photo taken from the dance photo booth with two of my closest friends. After then, anything that holds importance to me has been collected, and will be for a long while.

This can be classified as both a primary source and a secondary source, but in this instance, it is a secondary source, due to it being a collection of artifacts. I created this collection, beginning it at the end of grade eight, but depending on the item, it was created by different people at different times, and then passed down to me.

During the times these artifacts were created, people were influencing my life and I wanted something to keep as a memory. There were no political or “real world” influences, only the people around me, allowing me to learn from them.

This is important to me, because I wouldn’t be who I am today without these memories. I wouldn’t have a souvenir of events that have changed me dramatically, or simply the people who have. The two photos were taken during grade eight grad and bible camp, both extremely life changing events. I can’t explain the feeling of either, simply because I don’t know what I felt. There’s a vague description, but I’d rather not try and explain something that holds so much meaning on its own.

I belong to the same group most of the world belongs in, based on this collection. I’m among everyone who keeps significant items that hold meaning, just to remember the people and events that want to be remembered. I value friendship, and that is those are the only things I’ve kept in my collection. There are no awards or medals, because there are only a select few items that I would like to remember.

You can learn, that I tend to choose friendship and people over awards and trophies. Everything I previously stated elaborates on my inquiry question, and answers it to the best of my ability. It doesn’t tell you the people and how they affected me, but that’s mostly for me to know. Some unanswered questions people might have are: Who are the people in the pictures? When was _____ taken? Why did it hold so much significance?


Historical Thinking


“How can we better understand the people of the past?”

The expected answer, is that we should “put ourselves in their shoes,” but the reality is that we can’t. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to experience what they experienced in their life, because the accuracy will never be enough. The closest thing we’re able to do is to observe their living conditions, and infer what their lifestyle would be like, based on all the variables around them.


To better understand people of the past, we have to look into all of the evidence and perspectives from their era. The more knowledge we have, the more we’re able to learn and attempt to feel what they felt. However, this is next to impossible because of the incredibly diverse cultures, beliefs, and setting.


To this day, cultures and beliefs are still constantly changing, depending on personality. Certain personalities will never be able to undergo what it felt like to start a revolution about LGBTQ+, women’s rights, and equality, because these ideas are almost unattainable unless experienced first hand. There is still plenty of controversy about these topics, and in the future, replicating these current events will prove even more difficult or challenging than it is to us now.

In-Depth v3

This blog post is going to be somewhat difficult to write, considering the continuous use of “challenges.” From my point of view, at no point in time were there any major challenges, but I definitely can come up with some minor issues.

What logical challenges affected your communication?


My mentor is an extremely busy person, and the only real way I can meet or interact with them, is participating in one of her classes. The issue with this, is that I don’t get the “proper” mentor-ship I’m looking for, but at the same time I can easily cope. On my free time I’ve been researching and learning more about my in-depth, allowing more time for a new perspective or more information to be given from the period of time my mentor teaches. Obviously, I have taken into account that my mentor is too, an extremely busy person and that they have their own commitments, further elaborating on why I am taking time to research and view information on my topic.


What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?


Something that worked well or is good about my mentorship situation, is the ability to easily communicate with each other. Because of her experience with all ages, Grace has gained the ability to easily communicate with essentially anyone at all. I never have to worry about hesitations in criticism, because being an art teacher, she has already come to the conclusion that it is a necessary step to learning and teaching.


What three strategies could improve the quality of your mentoring  interactions?


Three strategies that I think could massively improve the mentoring process, include most of what I previously mentioned, which is being able to research and learn more on my own time, helping both of us immensely. Another strategy is to look back onto previous meetings or previous education in general, in order to figure out where I stand during that point of time, allowing me to maximize efficiency when learning. Finally, to help out around her classroom when she is unable to help me. I’ve heard the phrase countless times, “if you teach it to someone, you’re teaching it to yourself too,” and I feel like it would be a good idea to use that time not being mentored to mentor others, and practice my teaching abilities.



In-Depth v2

In my opinion, this second blog post is must needed and a great topic pick. In general, I find it an extremely good idea to connect and socialize with my mentor, considering I’m going to be spending the next 5 months learning from them and their experiences.

My mentor’s name is Grace. She’s been an art teacher, for about 14 years now, starting from 2004.  When I say art teacher, I actually mean that she’s started her own “business” in a sense, teaching all ages from kindergarten to seniors, in the comfort of her own home. I visited her class today, February 1st, and had the opportunity to observe her lessons, students, and ask a few questions while I was at it. I’d like to think that I learned a pretty good amount about her.

When she was younger, she was oblivious to how life was going to take her where she is right now. Originally, before graduating high school, Grace had no intention to become an art teacher, much less an artist. At that time, she was thinking about being a businesswoman, but after graduating high school, came to the realization that she wanted to pursue art. A big factor in her sudden change, were her parents, both of them coming from China, and being incredible artists. Grace then decided to follow her career choice, and began to study at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Before 2004, she met plenty of amazing artists and great people from her school, and took a couple part time jobs, doing commercial art for a few companies, specifically murals. To this day she enjoys what she does, meeting new people, socializing with all ages, learning new lessons daily. Grace continuously states that she “likes to stick with that view” of loving her work.

A piece of advice she gave me, was to be patient and never let your students get to your head. I dropped in at the perfect time, during a class of kindergarteners to middle schoolers, loud, upbeat children that won’t stop whining or calling for help. Grace told me that you always have to be prepared for students, explaining how middle school students are the hardest to cope with. Most become rebellious and talkative, needing reminders every couple minutes to stay on task or to stop wasting time. The class I was in today, there was a certain little boy that would not stop sassing back, wasting almost all of the hour and a half their parents were paying for. I watched Grace deal with it as best she could, but at no point in time did she lose her cool, simply stating her side, and telling him he was only slowing his growth and wasting time and money.

To sum up, I’ve taken a lot away from this little bit of time spent with my mentor, especially about how to deal with people as a whole. This is going to be incredibly helpful, considering I have a younger brother that is just as troublesome as some of her students.