Meet Nicholas Otero: Art Teacher
We are delighted to introduce our new art teacher, Nicholas Otero, whose vibrant personality and passion for both art and teaching bring a unique energy to our Bosque School community. Let's get to know him a little better:
What's a fun or surprising fact that most people at the school might not know about you?
“I love to cook and prepare dishes that are Italian or simply dishes that look delicious. Every now and then, I fail, but nothing beats putting together unique ingredients and making something new and fresh!”
Outside of school, how do you like to spend your free time? Any hobbies or interests you'd like to share?
“I love to do a variety of things. Of course, I love to create works of art, but lately, I have been working on the restoration of old paintings that date back as far as the 1800s. I am fascinated by how time has become layered upon historic objects and how the artist's original intent of color use is newly visible. I also love to collect old postage stamps. I have three albums full of stamps that have little to lots of value. I am fascinated by the fact that stamps are reflective of the time they were made or commemorate significant events in history. History is one of my favorite things to discover.”
Share a brief overview of your educational and professional journey that led you to Bosque School.
“I wanted to teach since the third grade. I was a good student in middle and high school and loved to be involved. In high school, I knew that when I graduated, I wanted to stay in the state. Having attended Western New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico, I also simultaneously developed my gallery presence as an artist. I love being a teacher and an artist, and the fact that I can combine both worlds is the greatest feeling.”
Do you have any pets?
“I have three dogs: a Golden Retriever (Toby), a Shih Tzu Poodle (Valentino), and a Shih Tzu Pekingese (Oscar).”
What's one of your favorite memories or moments from your time at Bosque School so far?
“I really enjoyed the 7th-grade camping trip. It was great to have art in the Jemez. The staff and students did an incredible job expressing their talents and expertise.”
Can you share a specific instance where you felt a strong connection with a student or witnessed a notable "aha" moment in the classroom?
“I am surprised by the "aha" moments that happen continuously. Every day, students blow my mind by how they respond, give opinions, or share their beliefs and experiences. Bosque students are unique in the best way!”
Are you involved in any clubs, organizations, or activities outside of teaching? How do they tie into your role at Bosque School?
“I am a member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe. I mentor adult artists and have a natural pigment production line that I produce for fellow artists who may not have the tools or time to make their natural paints. These and other activities inform my role as a teacher. I love being part of the Young Artist's Guild at Bosque and teaching art!”
What would you tell a family that is considering Bosque School?
“Bosque offers so much to young minds! The opportunity to grow into your own being, supported by peers, staff, and community. The professionals at Bosque are invested because they believe with their whole hearts that we are doing something special. I've seen graduates of Bosque outside of the community, and when they see my school badge, they remark with pride that they were shaped in part by this school. Now that is cool!”
Do you have any ongoing research, personal projects, or creative endeavors that you're passionate about and would like to share?
“I'm constantly researching something related to the arts, locally or globally. I love to watch trends and phenomena appear! (Unique artists/works of art). I would love to illustrate a new book tied to my traditional work. I continue to love when I am in the studio, creating new works of art!”
Do you have a funny or moving anecdote about Bosque School?
“Let people be who they are. What makes this place special is that acceptance and support correlate directly to intellectual prosperity. Thrive and let thrive! Be the best human and seek to raise others! Stand for justice and work to have integrity. Every day is a new day, recalibrate and begin anew!”
If you could give one piece of advice to your students, what would it be?
“Work hard!!! You won't regret it. Every day is a new day. Take each day as an opportunity to be better than the day before. Allow yourselves to take in moments, pause, and reflect.”