Making Changes !
Hello all! With a new year comes new experiences. I am excited to start teaching visual arts in Robert Waters Elementary School this year while I am also heartbroken to be leaving Woodrow Wilson School. I've had the pleasure to teach an entire student body of brilliant minds with an inspirational and loving faculty and staff for the past five years. I couldn't have asked for a better way to begin my teaching career and I am so fortunate and grateful to have been the visual arts teacher in Woodrow Wilson since 2010. I encourage all of my Wilson students to continue pursing their artistic talents and explore new ones along the way. I can't wait to hear from everyone in the near and far future to see where you are going and what you have become. You have all been an incredible inspiration to me and I would like to take what I have learned from all of you and share it with a new group of students. Rock on Wilson :)
[2016 updates] IN THE C L A S S R O O M  This year I will be teaching in Robert Water Elementary School and plan to continue developing visual arts lessons that encourage students to explore the arts, learn more about their personal identity, and of course, integrate all academic subjects to enhance student learning. I will keep you updated within the first week!
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!
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