A creative adventurist, Kristine Peterson began her arts endeavors very young. In her identity, Kristine captured the love for all things creative, drawing from the time she could hold a pencil and leading her to Alfred University where she graduated magna cum laude earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She was trained as a studio artist in all mediums, ultimately concentrating in ceramics and metal foundry and fabrication work. A portion of her senior thesis exhibition was selected for an emerging artist’s show at the Kathleen Cullen Gallery in New York City. She first began teaching art while at Alfred University, even traveling to and living in Anan-Cho, Japan for three months to teach pottery. Following her undergraduate experiences, she worked as a tour leader for a traveling hands-on children’s museum. This allowed her to visit thirteen different states and over seventy-five different schools. With an ignited passion for art education, Kristine attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania earning her Master of Education in Art Education degree. Upon her graduation, she received the Outstanding Art Education Award for her performance excellence in the program. She moved to Charleston from Pennsylvania in 2012 to work as an art teacher in the Charleston County School District. During her very first year she was selected Charleston County School District’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year.” She taught in the Charleston County public schools for three years. Kristine is now the Art Director and an Instructor at Black Tie Music Academy (www.blacktiemusicacademy.com) offering both art and music instruction for all ages and levels.