Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design with honors from Pratt Institute Certification: Subject Matter Expert Standard Teaching, Art

Mrs. Nicole Bissing


      Nicole Bissing received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design with honors from Pratt Institute. After School Nicole worked her way up the Fashion Industry in New York City and was most notably the Head Designer of Touch Me (a junior sportswear collection). NYC Fashion Designer relocated to Phoenix Arizona to start up her own collection Minimal, Nicole Maletta, 1998-2001. The Minimal collection was widely received in the Phoenix Market, and the collection was featured on several local news stations and in many local Magazines. Nicole started teaching Fashion at Mesa Community College and was a weekly Fashion Columnist from 9/2000- 7/2007 for the East Valley Tribune. Nicole’s other positions in Arizona included: Regional Manager for Macy’s in Special Services( Personal Shopping and Interior Design) for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Las Vegas and; Department Chair for Fashion Design and Merchandising, BFA Program at Collins College.

      Nicole’s biggest inspirations as an artist, are her Hairdresser/Artist mother muse AKA Studio 54 Disco Queen in the 1970s; and nature. Her life’s dream is to learn as many mediums as possible and recreate textures, animals, insects, and plants found in nature interpreted into art. Her fantasy would be to live in a house she made and filled with everything she has created (her version of Alice in Wonderland world), furniture spoons, etc.; but who has the time? Nicole visually loves Specimen Art and Taxidermy but loves animals and life more, so her artwork is a cruelty-free way of enjoying the genre (ArtOfInsect).

      Nicole has combined her love of teaching and art and has become an Elementary Art Teacher. Nicole is currently teaching art at both Desert Sun Academy and Lone Mountain Elementary. Nicole Current artistic endeavor is working on getting her children’s books published which she has written and illustrated.


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  • I am hoping to work with students and evetually adapt the TAB system, which is Teaching  for Artistic Behavoir.  Students will be experiencing Studio Habits of Mind in the art studio: Engage and Persist, Observe, Stretch and Explore, Envision,  and Develop Craft. They will learn how to access and use art materials responsibly and skillfully in a choice-based curriculum. TAB


    "Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. "

     Pablo Picasso