Mrs. Stephanie Nicholson


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Mrs. Stephanie Nicholson
Art Educator
stephanie.nicholson@ops.org 
Phone Number:  402-557-4400

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Ms. Nicholson
5th Grade

Biography

CREDENTIALS: Bachelors of Studio Art from University of Nebraska at Omaha, Master's of the Art of Teaching from College of Saint Mary's
FAMILY: I am married to my wonderful husband Joe. We have two furry family members, a dog and a cat. I was born in New York and raised in Delaware, where most of my immediate family is today. 
INTERESTS/HOBBIES: Anything creative! I love to paint, play guitar, piano, and write. I also enjoy spending time with my family as much as possible. I love doing anything outdoors such as hiking, walking, riding my bike, and BBQ-ing.

SUBJECT AREAS: 5 - 8th Grade Art

Welcome to Art with Mrs. Nicholson!

I hope to benefit students lives by creating a passion for them to communicate artistically.
The definition of art is this:
 
"the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power"-The Oxford Dictionary
Art can be a therapy, a discipline, a way to understand other subjects such as science, math, economics, history, and language arts. I encourage students to open their minds and imaginations to their dreams, their experiences, their interests, and the world around them. 
It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.” Berthe Morisot

TIME FRAME:
  Students have art for one term each quarter. I see 5-7th grade for 45 minutes, 2-3 times per week. 8th grade classes I see for 90 minutes, 2-3 times per week.
Each grade level has it's own theme and focus for their projects.
Listed below are each of the grade levels and what they will be leaning about in art throughout the term.
5th grade- American Art:   We look at American Artists and various mediums and ways to create art such as printmaking, folk art, and native american art.
6th grade- World Art:  Students will learn about art around the world from Japan, Mexico, and Europe.
7th grade- Personal Identity:  An artists personal identity can be discovered in all periods of art such as Cubism, the Renaissance, and Surrealism.
8th grade- American Diversity:  In 8th grade students learn to question 'what makes art, art?' and will look at modern ways to create art and artists that have paved the way for Modern Art.

Grading:  I grade on four rubrics based off of the Districts content standards for art. They include Production (55%) History (15%) Aesthetic (15%), & Criticism (15%).

Below is my basic syllabus for art classes. Please note the changes in content standards for
each grade:

5th Grade Content Standards

1.  Use various art media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas.

a.  Use art materials and tools safely and appropriately.
b. 
Demonstrate how the elements and principles of design work together to create artwork.

c. 
Create art that reflects ideas from American styles and schools of art

2.  Understand the visual arts in relation to aesthetics, history, and culture.

a.  Determine how American art expresses ways various cultures have enriched and influenced American society.
b.
  Analyze cultural conflict in America as expressed in works of art

3.  Analyze the characteristics and merits of a work of art.

a.  Develop and use a basic art vocabulary that exhibits knowledge of the following art elements and their characteristics: Color Theory: hue, value, intensity Space: positive and negative  Principles of Design: balance, repetition, variety and unity
b.
  Describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art
.
c. 
Use the critical process to determine influences on American art.

4.  Explore ways that art is connected to other things we learn: Social Studies and Science

a.  Examine works of art that reflect and record American history (Serpent Mound, Anasazi Architecture, Jacob Lawrence)
b. 
Investigate and describe properties of light/color

6th Grade Content Standards

1. Use various art media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas.
a. Use materials safely and appropriately.
b. Demonstrate how the elements and principles work together to create artwork.
c. Create works of art that explore the techniques, processes and media used by artists of a variety of time periods and culture.
d. Create art that communicates personal experiences and reflects an understanding of world cultures.

2. Understand the visual arts in relation to aesthetics, history, and culture.
a. Investigate the nature of art from around the world throughout time.
b. Compare and contrast art created by a variety of world cultures.
c. Use historical inquiry to analyze connections between the art of various cultures throughout history within the following themes: Theme 1: People imagine and invent; Theme 2: People dominate and cooperate; Theme 3: People inspire and express; Theme 4: People explore and discover.

3. Analyze the characteristics and merits of a work of art.
a. Develop and use knowledge of the art elements and principles of design and their characteristics in oral or written reflections about art.
4. Explore ways that art is connected to other things we learn: Social Studies and Language Arts
a. Analyze connections among the art, geography, and history of Latin America. Language Arts
b. Write a paragraph that describes how a selected artwork reflects our common humanity throughout time. (Descriptive writing will focus on ideas and word choice.)

7th Grade Content Standards

1.  Apply media, techniques, and processes.

a.  Produce art works that reflect personal identity
b.  Use art-making tools and materials with good craftsmanship.
c.  Use the elements and principles of design to create art
2.  Reflect on the aesthetic issues of art in relation to history and culture.
a.  Analyze world art movements
b.  Interpret works of art with regard to feelings, ideas, and culture.
c.  Compare and contrast a variety of art works

3. Use the critical process to assess the characteristics and merits of art works.

a. Describe the artwork.
b. Analyze how the elements and principles of design are used in the artwork.

c. Interpret the meanings and messages of the artwork.d. Judge what is important about the art work.

4. Connect the visual arts to other disciplines.
a. Through the study of a visual art, express elements of culture.

8th Grade Content Standards

1. Apply media, techniques, and processes.
a. Produce art works that reflect American diversity.
b. Use art-making tools and materials with good craftsmanship.

2. Reflect on the aesthetic issues of art in relation to history and culture.
a. Analyze American art movements
b. Interpret works of art with regard to American culture.

c. Compare and contrast various works of art.

3. Use the critical process to assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
a. Describe what is seen in the artwork
b. Analyze how the elements and principles of design are used in the artwork.

c. Interpret the meanings and messages of different viewpoints (arts, viewer).

d. Judge what is important and/or valuable about the artwork

4. Connect visual arts to other disciplines.
a. Identify connections between art and American culture.
b. Investigate the role of art as a record and reflection of American history.

Materials, Assessments, & Class Expectations

MATERIALS:
Students will be provided with a pencil and other supplies while in class unless otherwise told to bring objects from home to work from.Students are expected to listen to directions on how to handle new materials and how to clean them up. All materials used in the class will stay in the class.
Books will be distributed when necessary and stay in the classroom.  The text is Foresman, Scott. Art. 2005. Pearson Education, Inc.

ASSESSMENTS and GRADING SCALE:

Each project will have its own set of objectives that will need to be achieved by the student. A rubric will be given or posted as well as a deadline of completion. Any student that needs extra time for some reason must see the teacher to work out when to do so. Late projects will be deducted five points.
Students will be graded on concepts that include following directions for the project, originality of the concept, effective use of the art elements, materials and time given. Craftsmanship, effort, and self reflection will also factor into the students overall grade.
Bellwork:
This grade is based on the work that is completed at the beginning of class in their journal. Students are not graded on accuracy but rather that they participated and followed the given directions. They will receive either a check or a minus each day for completion.
Projects:
Students will receive one of the OPS standard grades on individual projects.
Tests/Quizzes:
These will also be graded acording to the OPS standard grading scale listed below.
Students Overall grade will be a factoring of all compents above and given one of the OPS grades as a final grade at the end of the term.
A = 3.51-4.00
A - = 3.01-3.50

B = 2.51-3.00

B - = 2.01-2.50

C = 1.51-2.00

D = 0.76-1.50

F = 0.00-0.75

LATE WORK/ABSENT STUDENTS:
A total of three tardies to my class (without a pass) will equal 30 minutes of detention.
Those who were absent will need to see the teacher for allotted time to finish project. This most likely can be having the student stay after school, come early in the morning or be completed outside of class as homework. Arrangements must be made with the teacher. All projects must be turned in by the end of the unit in order to receive a grade for that project. Students are also able to check out materials if necessary to work on outside of class but will have to be returned the following day.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
Basic Room Rules:
The 6 ‘B’
1.  Be Prepared
2.. Be On Time
3. Be Polite
4. Be Aware
5. Be Positive
6. Be Helpful

All students are expected to follow all school procedures and rules in art as well. Each student has signed a disciplinary contract which they have read and agreed to on the first day of class. This proves they understand respect for their peers, teachers, advisors, and administrators. If students fail to do so consequences will consist of disciplinary actions.
-Three verbal reminders for any disrespectful behavior in one class period = detention for 30 minutes along with a written apology to whoever was disrespected plus a call home to explain.
- After 3 detentions, apologies and calls home further action will be taken. This will result in a referral to the Dean of Students.
-I do not tolerate violent behavior, discrimination, or foul language. One of any of these actions will get no warnings and will automatically have a 30 minute detention and call home.
-Overall Class warnings: 3 reminders during one period will result in a class apology letter and phone calls home and or contacting necessary administration.
Creativity means coming up with your own ideas and being an inventor. Let your knowledge of the principles and elements of design guide you when planning and laying out your ideas.

Most importantly—HAVE FUN! I want to be able to guide you into using new skills that you can use not only in art but the outside world around you!