Mrs. Bell- Art Teacher
Hello, my name is Nikki Bell. I am pleased to be the K-4 Art Specialist at Dickinson Elementary. I also travel to The High School for Drawing and Painting 1. In past years I’ve taught 5th, 6th and 7th grade as well as High School Sculpture. I have been teaching since 2001 and it is my seventeenth year of teaching art in De Pere.
When I first started teaching, I was told what a great school and community by many people, and I was soon to see for myself what a great place this is. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education from UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. I also have a masters of Educational technology from Marian College.
I have since moved to De Pere so my own children could grow and attend school in this community. The support from staff and the community is so strong, I feel so blessed to be able to live, teach and raise my own four children here as well.
The art curriculum is based on the National Art standards and the art benchmarks of De Pere. This includes, development of fine motor skills, art production, cultural and historical aspects, critical thinking, and problem solving to name a few.
Students learn the history and style while attempting to explore the deeper meaning of art. Students also reflect on their own lives and how personal experiences can affect their own art.
Art class for first grade through fourth is 60 minutes once a week. Kindergarten receives 30 minutes once a week. Our time is limited so I try to include lessons that build and expand upon basic art elements (line, shape, value, color etc.).
Students also learn about major periods and concepts of art and are exposed to influential artists and styles. As students advance through school, I try to give students an experience a variety of art media and techniques such as : Painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and weaving and collage.
I am looking forward to another great year in art. Thank you for sharing your child/children with me. I am so lucky to work with so many wonderful kiddos while we make art and have fun! I have the best job!
If you have any comments, or questions you can contact me at 337-1027 x 1568