Eleanor “Ellie” Mason, Art Teacher, graduated from Maine College of Art & Design with her Masters of Art in Teaching and an undergraduate degree in Photo, Video, and Film from Montserrat College of Art. She has a passion for creative exploration and finds inspiration in nature and the art of storytelling. Above all, Ellie loves learning with her students. She started working with children during college and found the humor and expressive personalities of teenagers to be her favorite stage of child development. “This is the age where they really start to figure out who they are, what they care about, and where their fire is!”
Ellie enjoys travel and has photographed the landscapes, people, and architecture of several countries. She finds adventure in every day. Her explorative nature is reflected in her art where she experiments with many mediums and processes. She has found that her teaching and artistic practice grow together, and that she is most creative when she is with her students.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
“Oliverian School provides a unique setting for students to make incredible personal discoveries as part of a community of truly amazing individuals. It is a beautiful learning environment that allows for creativity and exploration on a level that surpasses that of traditional education. Everyone is here for the students, doing everything they can to help them realize the person they truly are. That attention and care is what makes Oliverian unforgettable.”
What motivates you to work with kids?
“I find people of any age fascinating, but it is when we are young that we first begin to explore our interests and form our aspirations. That is when we truly start to write our own story. As a lover of narrative, I find inspiration from the kids I work with, their courage, and their determination. Every student I interact with will change the world in their own time and in their own way. If I can help them, encourage them, learn with them, then I get to be a part of that incredible process!”