[2016-2017 NEWS] Updated 11 . 15 . 16
New Updates: Galleries [Student Work 2016-2017 coming soon], Featured Acknowledgements, Main Page
MULTI ARTS GALLERY 2016: OUR DISPLAY!
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!
Picking up speed This is exciting! [Updated November 15, 2016]
This year is zipping by and our students are working hard. This year we took a different approach and decided to give our grade levels variety by assigning 2 different projects per grade level. Our students are learning about Kandinsky, Avery, Van Gogh, Aboriginal art, Mexican art, Brazilian art, value, portraiture, and exploring sculpture through involvement in the art club. Student galleries will be updated within the month and we cannot wait to show you how stunning our artwork is! Check back to visit updates in the student blogs section, student galleries, and featured acknowledgements. We encourage artists to work with us in exposing our students to new art styles and exploring new mediums.
[2016/2017 updates] IN THE C L A S S R O O M  This will be my second year teaching in Robert Waters School and now that my students know what to expect, I am excited to see what they can do! As mentioned above, art club will be continuing this year and we will be starting as early as October and adding in the fourth graders! Art club focuses on 3D design and sculpture. Some projects allow for group collaboration, while others will give students to grow as an independent artist. Teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in scheduled lunch workshops to contribute their own artworks to a gallery at the end of the school year. We will have a few collaborative sessions so allow students and teachers to exchange ideas. I would like to also have students create art for children in hospitals (but that will be a pending idea) due to regulations and restrictions.
For the little artists I would like to introduce a special friend who will be teaching lessons with me (a friendly little puppet). I wanted to do something to help engage my younger students and I feel this would make the class fun and enjoyable. Stayed tuned to find out who will be coming into the art classroom in September!
I have also developed a job chart and seating chart to give students year-long responsibilities in the art classroom. We are going to try working in smaller groups this year to provide students with more creative space to develop their ideas and bring them to life! I am very proud of all of the hard work and phenomenal projects our students completed last year and it has sparked more excitement in looking for new lessons this summer in preparation for the fall!
In response to a powerpoint I showed this past year, I would like to post a section in this website to introduce some of the world's most brilliant, informative, and revealing photography since the invention of the first camera. I have never seen my students SO engaged in a lesson before that it has inspired me to post why we learned about.
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)
Ms. Bookstaber'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!
This program is heavily impacted by the multiple intelligences, individuality creative expression, and the freedom to think and choose independently of others. I 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 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!