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Ascha Drake - Arts
B.A., Studio Art and Art Education, Skidmore College
M.F.A., Printmaking, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Ascha joined The Bay School Arts faculty in 2011 after moving to the Bay Area in 2009 from New York City where she was a teaching artist with the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program, Studio in a School and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. Being a devoted arts educator, Ascha joined The Bay School because the community values collaboration and honors teaching practices that are grounded in exploration, personal voice, and reflection. As an author, Ascha has co-authored books about Joseph Cornell, The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds, and Chuck Close, Chuck Close Face Book. Ascha’s works on paper combine printmaking techniques with acrylic paint, graphite, spray paint, glue, and tape. You can see her art at In addition to her teaching at Bay, Ascha also works as an educator with the de Young Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and The Oakland Museum. Ascha is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, has run eight marathons, and is a beekeeper. Three books that have stuck with Ascha are: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, Light on Life by B.K.S Iyengar, The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino.