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.
Nicole Hamill is an ex-pupil who has moved on to greater things. Studying at the Scottish Ballet she has danced with the Manchester City Ballet and studied at the Northern Ballet and the English National Ballet. For me, someone who briefly knew her, but still keeping in touch through social media, it is amazing to see her develop from a student who has a passion; into a proper, professional, creative individual. It is really quite exciting.
She updates her blog very regularly with positive and inspiring posts about her situation and her experiences, as well as frequently posting to her Instagram – amazing photos of her practice and photo shoots.
As someone who knows very little about Ballet, other than it being very competitive, disciplined and painful, it is an eye-opener to see the natural beauty that Nicole shows in her photos and poses that I can appreciate more as it’s removed from the stage. Taken away from the context of a Ballet performance, I, and hopefully you, will not be intimidated to be interested and impressed.
Nicole is able to not only break down the elitest nature of a high art such as Ballet and make it digestible for normal people like me, but her photos and honest nature help us see the fun and immense pleasure that can be taken from doing something that you absolutely love. You can click any of the links above/below to see her blog and Instagram, even if you’re not a fan of Ballet (and I’m definitely not) you will not be able to avoid the beauty and magic that Nicole lets us see by giving us a little glimpse into her Ballet life.
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.
There’s an absolutely cheek blushing, but lovely post over on DaleyDialogue at the minute. I spend so much time doing this blog that I fail to notice what I’m doing most of the time, so it’s very rewarding to be pointed to a piece of writing that is very complimentary. Those interested can follow the link below:
Miss Cushing from Randolph Union HS got in touch and pointed me toward newly published Art Blog. He was very kind to point out that he had been inspired by the Art Classroom, though I think the artwork and subjects that Miss Cushing touches on in his posts are very different to this blog, but really interesting. Art on the Wall explores a multitude of different art movements and delves deeper into the subjects than I have ever done. A marvellous beginning to what will be a successful education blog. Check it out and bookmark it:
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 126 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 354 posts. There were 260 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 323mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was February 15th with 344 views. The most popular post that day was Free Young Brits At Art Workshop.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were princetonol.com, artjunction.org, teachingideas.co.uk, twitter.com, and facebook.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for slinkachu, the art classroom, art teacher blog, camille rose garcia, and leaf.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Free Young Brits At Art Workshop February 2010
Slinkachu January 2010
Best New Art Teacher Blog Of 2009 January 2010
Where The Wild Things Are Leaf Resource September 2009
Peer Evaluation Sheet Updated January 2010