[2015-2016 NEWS] Updated 02 . 08 . 16
[ Dead links on site: Assessment guide, rubric, and inspirational videos. These links will be up and running shortly]
Artists in the Spotlight [2015-2016]
Mr. Moo is the Best Teacher's Assistant!
I must admit, I have the absolute best teacher's assistant! Mr. Moo is always down to lend a paw in grading papers and critiquing artwork! He has an eye for outstanding art and has the final say in the student works that make it to the display wall and Multi Arts!
Middle of the Year Review ! [Updated February 3, 2016]
Hello all! Due to my transfer to a new school this year I haven't updated this site in awhile! I have been trying to get acquainted with my new students and colleagues and wanted to take the time to introduce my new students to my teaching style. In addition, I have been giving a lot of thought to setting up the art projects section for this year. Since the amount of students I teach now has nearly tripled in size, gathering artwork to post has become a project in itself! Please allow some time for a new artworks section to appear on this site!
[2016 updates] IN THE C L A S S R O O M  Robert Waters School has proved to be challenging, as I now face time constraints with teaching larger class sizes and in half the time that I am used to doing it in. The students have come a long way since September and I am proud of their progress and patience in completing art projects that are completely new to them, from concepts to processes. I work with pre-k through sixth grade, self-contained, and ADA students. The arts have once again given students of all populations the opportunity to communicate through visual images and creative expression. We have introduced painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture into the classroom to make way for outstanding achievements and self-discovery through the arts in education. Please visit the blog (which will be under construction for the next week) to see a list of the projects we have worked on so far this year! Examples will be posted as well! Last of all, I am proud to announce that we will be beginning day 1 of our 5th and 6th grade art club next Tuesday! Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding my art instruction or classroom website features!
POWERPOINT V I D E O S  This year I will continue using power point presentations for each lesson to help our students visually understand the content better, provide video tutorials and historical commentaries, and to guide students through the art process. If I can make the powerpoints available on this website I will post them in the lesson plans section. Keep in mind, some powerpoints may appear to look simple but are thoroughly explained during class instruction and demonstration. The laptops are also made available to students to further their research when needed.
I N S P I R A T I O N A L VIDEOS  The inspirational videos turned out to be such a big hit last year with the students and proved to have a significant effect on them. I received such an amazing emotional response from my students that I decided to continue showing inspirational videos before lessons each week [ age appropriate of course ]. I have added a few of them to this webpage and will continue adding as I update the page. Please keep in mind, not all of the videos posted here were viewed by each class. Middle grades were presented with videos that explore more serious social issues. These videos help students to artistically express their thoughts, feelings, and identity. In addition, they are spreading awareness and helping to shape our students in positive ways! The response from my students if touching and real and I am thrilled that they continue to ask for a video each week!
-Ms. Nicole Bookstaber :0)
Woodrow Wilson School's visual arts program focuses on each individual student's artistic abilities through their own creative approach. Projects are based on the elements of art and principals of design, styles of art, world cultures, time periods, and artists throughout history to present time, while exploring all art processes and mediums. Projects are created to challenge students and encourage them to work at a higher level of learning. The visual arts program integrates all subject areas while collaborating with subject area teachers to create art projects relevant to the material students are learning about! This helps students to make connections and work confidently!
Our program is heavily impacted by the multiple intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy. We recognize that our students all have different ways of expressing themselves and learning! The visual arts program allows students to work at their own pace by providing extra time to work comfortably or to work with a friend. Projects alternate in all areas of art through the course of the year to allow students to shine in their specialty area. Student's are introduced to 2D and 3D design and work with pencil, paint, crayon, oil pastels, chalk pastels, wood, plaster, clay, recyclables, and paper. We love to experiment!
Aside from visual arts, students also participate in activities during lunch that focus on the preforming arts! The Woodrow Wilson visual arts department encourages students to expand their knowledge and skill set in all areas of art, whether it's in the morning before homeroom, during class time, at lunch, during MIADS, or after school. We make the impossible happen and we love it!