I’m Alexandra, aka the Scholarly Skater, an art historian/ice skater/book lover from New Jersey, USA. Welcome to my world of art!
I enjoy art and architecture for so many reasons. Looking at the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get. (And it’s much safer, too.) I think it helps me better understand the world I live in, too. I aim to share my love of art with as many people as possible. That’s why A Scholarly Skater is filled with beautiful art and interesting ideas about it.
As you’ve probably figured out from my nickname, I’m a competitive figure skater. I’ve been one basically since I could first walk, and I’m also a competitive ballroom dancer. I’m a firm believer than having multiple interests gives me unique perspectives that make me better at everything I do. I always love to find connections between all the things I’m passionate about. Artistry, interpretation, self-expression, and storytelling factor greatly into everything I pursue.
About This Blog
Some of my favorite topics to talk about are gargoyles and grotesques, American art, and historic places. If you want to learn more about those subjects or just enjoy some great examples of them, I’ve got you covered.
If you’re new to the world of art and want to boost your art appreciation skills, head over to Art Appreciation 101. There, you will learn basic art appreciation skills, find guides to understanding major styles and movements, and even get an introduction to art history. It’s aimed at beginners but recommended for art lovers of all levels.