Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Puget Sounds: Art//Music//Theatre
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
My name is Rachel Nelson-Knecht! Artist. Musician. Educator. Collaborator. Director. As the founder of Puget Sounds Art//Music//Theatre, I strive to inspire connection and togetherness through the shared experience of creating meaningful art. I believe we are all artists at our core. We all need be given the opportunity and encouragement to create, observe, reflect and express our feelings, identity, and ideas. Every voice has a place in the choir. Every person's identity has a place on a canvas.  For the past seven years I've taught in the Seattle area in the public school classroom and my private studio. My degree is in Integrated Arts from Seattle Pacific University with a focus on music. As an adept artist I have directed choirs, theatre productions, and hosted multi-arts festivals. My most recent festival was the school’s largest ever and was attended by over 1500 people in one evening. Cultivating creative spaces and bringing positive and personal art experiences into the community is my passion. I look forward to continuing the work of community health and happiness through the arts. 

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
6529 36th Ave NE
Address 2

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Singing Choral Music Musical Theatre Ukulele Student Guided Play Production Painting Drawing/Sketching Community Created Installations Auction Art for School Fundraisers Mural Work
Music, Theater, Visual Art, Multidisciplinary


Previous School Partnerships
John Hay Elementary
Other Trainings or Certifications
Certificated Teacher
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
2nd Grade Science Soils: Visual Arts Integration
  1. Students created observational drawings of flowers and their root systems.
  2. Students created textured paintings displaying soil layers and characteristics.
  3. Students created clay flower pots with a drainage hole to then be filled with sand and humus, a perfect for a plant!
5th Grade Fractions in Real Time: Ukulele
  1. Students learned how to strum in different time signatures.
  2. Students learned how to subdivide beats with quarter notes and eighth notes.
  3. Students created bar models and fraction sentences to represent rhythms in different time signatures.
Kindergarten LA Comprehension: Theatre
  1. Students acted out all the events and characters in a picture book while it was being read.
  2. Students were assigned a character and showed the characters emotions and actions.
  3. Students drew a character map and a portrait of their character.
  4. Students drew and explained to their peers the order of events in their story.
  5. After rehearsing, students performed for their buddy class.
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
We are all artists!! ​​How student's view themselves and their art is so important! I approach teaching as building a positive relationships. I believe art is meant to be enjoyed and shared, thus trust and respect are crucial. It is essential that students feel confident and positive about their process of creating art.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Math Science Language Arts History  
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Student Showcases Community Art Events Unit Building Integrating Arts into Established Curriculum Community Concerts & Sing-a-longs Student Created Installations  
Testimonials from Schools


$60 hour for prep time and teaching time


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Watercolor resist. 5th Grade nature inspired landscape after a hiking field trip.
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Senses Poem and Illustration. Inspired by the Mood Meter.
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Butterflies Installation. Every student painted a butterfly which was the mounted onto fishing wire to appear to be in flight. "Our stories are like butterflies, not meant for just you to see, but to be set free. When our stories are shared, they fly soar
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5th Grade self portraits. Inspired by Picasso. Study of shape and form. Constructed with cardboard.
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2018 Musical Production of the Lion King Kids. Performed at Ballard High School.


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