Mrs. Martha Criscuolo

As Mason Prep's Art Director, Mrs. Criscuolo brings a passion for art and the impact it can have on students.
Why do you teach?
I teach because of the Art teachers who made my world more colorful and encouraged me to have the confidence to try, to fail, and to keep trying until I improved.

Why do you teach at Mason Prep?
I teach at Mason Prep because we are a community of humans who are committed to being kind, to respecting others, and to working hard every day.

What do you want your students to get from having known you?
I’d love the students at MPS to see that learning about the world’s artists and practicing your artmaking skills makes you a better thinker, a kinder human and a more effective student in every way. Also…it’s FUN!

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to take from your class?
The most important lesson to take from the MPS Art Studio is to keep an open mind to new ideas, new skills, and new ways of looking at the world. (Students will note that is art room rule #3.)

What do you like to do for fun?
Whenever I get the chance to travel, I’m there! I have recently enjoyed Iceland in winter, driving a van of travelers through the Irish countryside with a stick shift on the left side of the road, and hiking up the mountains of Puerto Rico to find the perfect guava and cheese empanada. My 2020 camping adventure in the rainforests of Belize will hopefully be rescheduled! 

Any interesting facts about yourself?
I teach art and I teach yoga, on land and on paddleboards. I make my own bowls and mugs with my potter’s wheel, bake my own bread, boil my own jam, and raise chickens with green and blue eggs.
Mason Preparatory School is committed to the education of the whole child in preparation for secondary education through the cultivation of respect, integrity, and personal responsibility within a nurturing environment that results in a productive citizen of a global community.