Proudly From Sparta - Christine Mase
The arts were my family.
While I was growing up in Sparta, my mom taught voice lessons to opera singers at the Metropolitan Opera. I would snack on popsicles with Baryshnikov while listening to Placida Domingo practice. Durning my middle school years, I was one the Pegasus Players at Sussex - Tech. Sparta teacher, Bailey Davis ran the program and my mom was the musical director. At Sparta High School, Mr Norbert Scanlon, the art teacher, was my favorite. He was a master of his craft, and he allowed us to experiment with different mediums. Mr. Scanlon had us drawing in the halls, drawing in the music room, and up at Radcliff Farms. He gave me the foundation upon which to build my technique and skills.
From School to Professional and Back to School.
I graduated from the University of Arts in Philadelphia with degrees in photography and art therapy. I was showing in galleries by age 21 and traveled the world as a professional photographer. After 8 years as a stay-at-home mom, Iread an article about Jacob Lawrence who is a famous Amreican painter and a profession at Washington State College. He was speaking at Columbia University. He asked, "Why are you teaching?" I ws inspired by his answe..."I have the experience of being a successful artist. Why not entrust their education to me? Itis my civic duty to share my knowledge." Itwas Robin Cutillo, also an art teacher at Sparta High School who suggested teaching atSHS as an opportunity for me. So Iwent back to school and got my teaching certificate.
Sharing my Talents.
I am currently the photography teacher at Sparta High School. The school and theparentsare so supportive of the conteporary arts. I try to focus on creating thinking and problem solving. THis helps students in their careers. Ilove being able toshare my knowledge with them.
My name is Christine Mase and Iamproudly from Sparta.