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Ms. Mason obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting with a concentration in English from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she graduated with Honors in 2006. Ms. Mason has always been insatiably curious and often in awe of the wonders of creation. As a child, she could often be found investigating the woods around her home while singing show-tunes, or making paintbrushes out of twigs and moss. Her exposure to nature fostered a love of animals, hiking, and camping. But her great passion has always been making, looking at and thinking about the visual and performing arts. 

It is Ms. Mason’s belief that the art studio should be place of inclusion; a place of community and an environment where students feel safe asking questions, sharing ideas, and expressing themselves. Through her guidance, students grades TK-5, will be provided structure to ensure accomplishment, but also freedom to allow for individuality and creative expression. It is a fun and dynamic art class that encourages students to experiment with new materials and methods, and will strengthen their technique. Within this atmosphere, participants in the drama and art electives grades 6-8 and will be challenged to discover and share their abilities, knowledge, and insights. The goal is to guide young performers and artists toward the development of a more profound respect for the diversity of creation by participating in it directly with their own hearts and hands. Through this process, students have an opportunity to appreciate the value of acknowledging our commonalities and differences, and to celebrate them through dramatic performance and visual art.