Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Nicole Appell
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Nicole Appell is a Seattle artist who draws inspiration from nature, world cultures, and the world around us.  She works in paint, collage, mixed media, mosaic, clay, and found object assemblage.   A graduate of the University of Washington School of Art, Nicole has taught art at many local venues including the Kirkland Arts Center, the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Aquarium, University of Washington Summer Day Youth Programs, and Seattle, Lake Washington, Issaquah, and Renton Public Schools.

Contact Information

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Last Name
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Grade Levels Preferred

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

Artistic Disciplines

Drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, mosaic, clay, and found object assemblage
Visual Art


Previous School Partnerships
John Stanford International School, Seattle, WA, 2015 - 2018 McClure Middle School, Seattle, WA, 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2018 John Hay Elementary School, 2007 - 2009, 2012 Lakeridge Elementary School, Renton, WA,  2014 Catharine Blaine K-8, Seattle, WA, 2014 Alki Elementary, Seattle, WA, 2012 - 2013 Robert Frost Elementary, Kirkland, WA, 2003 - 2007  
Other Trainings or Certifications
Artist Trust EDGE Graduate 2006 ArtStar Training for Teaching Artists 2001
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My philosophy centers around a “no mistakes” approach to teaching art, as there are a multitude of approaches to art-making, with many answers to every challenge.  Of course, stray marks and unintentional drips and “blobs” are going to happen.  However, my goal is to empower the students to work through those challenges, by working with that little “blob” or stray mark as opposed to starting over or giving up.  No one will know when the artwork is finished that one mark was not intentional.  It is in this way that I teach art as an act of joyful expression and playful exploration that helps students to relax, to find beauty in imperfection, and to enjoy the creative process.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Language Arts, Social studies, History, Science, Math
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Youth-at-risk, ELL, Special Education students, professional development with K-12 teachers
Testimonials from Schools
Leslie Rome-Nagata, Program Coordinator at University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education Programs 206.406.7272, lromenagata@PCE.UW.EDU   Jessica Calabrese Granger, Principal at Lakeridge Elementary 425.204.4100,




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Glass and ceramic mosaic column at Lakeridge Elementary, Renton, WA. Through a drawing, painting, collage, and ceramics series, students created the imagery for the design, and the ceramic pieces which were incorporated into the mosaic.
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Ceramic tile installation at Cougar Ridge Elementary, Issaquah, WA. Students grades K - 5 created ceramic tiles featuring "patterns in nature" to be installed in the school hallway.
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Clay and mixed media characters. A visual arts series linked with Language Arts in a 5th grade class at Adams Elementary, Seattle, WA.
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Reverse painting technique on plexiglass with Sharpies and acrylics. A self-portrait installation with 7th grade students at McClure Middle School, Seattle, WA.
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Recycled robots. A found object/assemblage lesson in 3-d sculpture. Working with tin cans, old door knobs, old shower heads, cords, and wires, etc. students created a "robot" inspired by cast-off items from the recycle bin.


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