‘The Art Classroom’ is ten years old today. Although it might not post as much as it used to, it is still very productive on its Instagram and its Twitter. Ten years… who would’ve thought it?
Sorry folks, I have been away for a long time. My passion for keeping this blog had died over the past few months and I was thinking of pulling the plug on it altogether. Though your frequent visits and the forever growing followers on Instagram has made me remember why I started this blog in the first place. So… as you can see, I’ve had a little tinker; the blog has a new more modern look and more minimalist layout. I may simplify it more in the future to just really focus on the photos/art, but for now, I’m just happy that I’m starting to add to it again.
Just realised I haven’t updated here for ages, been so busy lately that I haven’t found the time, though I do have some great stuff to show you. Over the next fews weeks I’ll find the time to put up three new films that my pupils have made, three new episodes of a new podcast series called ‘Spoiler Reviews’, and some fabulous course work for the new National 5 (Scotland) course.
In other news, I had my pupil portraits exhibition and raised £160 that is going to the Osnam Charity (which helps poor children in Dumbarton). I have also worked with the Artizan Gallery to place pupil artwork in the gallery and produce public art boards for the main Artizan street. If you are getting bored waiting for updates on here you should follow me on Instagram where I update daily (search for ‘theartclassroom’ in Instagram).
A little while ago, I promised myself that when the blog hit 100,000 views, I would award the first comment after that milestone with a bag full of pressies. The winner was Sanah B from the USA. Sanah received her parcel of goodies and sent the reply below.
That was not that long ago. Now I’m looking at the hit counter again and it is over 150,000 views. Looks like I’m going to have to start thinking about another little bag of goodies soon. Thanks for your support everyone and don’t forget to comment if you have anything to say. It might be worth your while…
An ex-pupil of mine and a friend, Ross Brennan has been putting his heart and soul into an amazing games blog called ‘Jetpack Blues’. Ross has previously worked on a few games blogs (including ‘Joypad’) and even guest wrote for this blog. I love Ross’ writing, it’s dry, funny and gets to the bones of the story, he’s like a young Charlie Brooker. He’s got together with a few friends and started this fabulously lavish blog. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but what is there is pure gold, I’m hoping by pushing people their way, that I’ll force them to update soon. Click the image above to discover more.
Sorry everyone, I have been unwell these past few months and have found it extremely hard to find time to update the blog. I just want you all to know that the blog will still run and I am feeling much better and looking forward to updating and getting social again in the new year. Thank you for your support through WordPress, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blipfoto, Flickr, Facebook, Artsonia, Youtube, Linked In, Google + and Google Art Project. Many of you have emailed too and I will reply to you as soon as I can.
It’s been a fantastic year for the blog, my pupils and myself. We participated in BBC School News Report, leading to us making a short report for Blue Peter and Sammy M (S4 Film Maker and Podcaster) won an uncountable number of achievements. The blog counter went over the 100,000 hits mark, we started featuring pupil photography and created a short film for the No Knives campaign. I opened up some of my own photography through the blog’s Instagram account and also participated in a presentation for Google Art Project.
I am missing updating the blog, hopefully you are also missing the posts, I plan to sort it all out at the beginning of the new year (if the world doesn’t end beforehand).
I wish you all a great Christmas and an equally good New Year!
Just finished putting up the title header for my friend and colleague’s blog. Ms Clarkin has just set up a book club blog for her S2 pupils. There are only a few posts on it so far, though it’s worth checking out for the future, it’s going to be an interesting site. The link is below, I’ve also added it to the blog roll.