Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Melissa Koch-de Wrangel
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Melissa Koch is an American born artist and arts educator who grew up in Europe. This led to an eclectic mix of Western and Eastern traditions in her art making beginning with growing up on a Greek island where she was introduced to the Mediterranean landscape and a world of mythology. Her natural love for the arts, crafts and culture of Asia taught her about the beauty and complexity of pattern, the joy of printmaking and how to make paper. Upon returning to the USA an invitation to carve ocean going canoes with a Haida master canoe carver and later being adopted into the raven clan of the Haida immersed Melissa into a whole other world of art and storytelling and an even deeper understanding of our connection to nature. Melissa is not connected by identity to any one place but to a blending of many places and influences which can be seen in her work. Her work serves as a vehicle for advocacy around issues concerned with environmental and social justice. She has mentored youth for many years bringing them into the conversation around these issues and helps encourage students to find their own creative voices in the arts.

Contact Information

First Name
Melissa
Last Name
Koch
Address
PO Box 25383
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98165
Phone
(206) 779-9152

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Discipline
Visual Art, Multidisciplinary

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
None
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
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Fees

Fees

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