Melissa Castignoli earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied painting and drawing. She later studied Art Education at CUNY Lehman College with a focus on printmaking.
She has taught art at Preston High School with a focus on painting, drawing, and ceramics.
She believes art lessons should not be designed solely to impart the knowledge of the teacher or a specific technique, but to allow students to think creatively and experience the life of an artist.
- BFA Fashion Institute of Technology (2011)
- MA Lehman College (2018)