What can Matt Smith offer?
Matt Smith has led comics workshops at schools, art galleries and comic conventions across the world. He has taken his workshops to Canada, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia and Mexico.
Matt's comic workshops entertain and engage participants of all ages and writing and drawing abilities. Matt offers interactive, enthusiastic lessons with plenty of hands on activities. These lessons focus on literacy and personal expression.
One of Matt’s core beliefs is that you don’t need to be a great artist to make illustrations or comics! His favourite mini lesson is the Ten Minute Art Lesson which “illustrates” how comics and illustrations are more about communication than artistic and anyone can draw a comic!
For schools: Matt can offer workshops to students from kindergarten to grade 12 in a variety of subject areas. Sample lessons include Understanding Illustration Language, Drawing More Expressive Illustrations (for younger cartoonists), Drawing Quickly, Creating Comics from the Initial Idea to the Published Page. Matt doesn’t limit his lessons to English classes. He has helped students in a variety of subjects create comics or storyboards in lieu of formal essays, for example.
Matt has also led professional development for teachers on how comics can promote literacy in the classroom.
What do Matt Smith’s workshops look like?
Matt is ENTHUSIASTIC about comics and illustration, so his workshops are energetic. The workshops work best in small groups, allowing Matt to interact with as many participants as possible. However, based on the individual convention or school’s needs, certain lessons can be adapted to an auditorium setting.
Who is Matt Smith?
Matt Smith is a cartoonist, filmmaker, illustrator and educator who has lived all over the world. As a former international school teacher, Matt is able to comfortably lead lessons, co-teach and interact with students. As a certified teacher, Matt spent four years as a technology coach, with a focus on promoting digital literacy. He brings his passion for media, technology and teaching to his comics career. His comics have been published online, in various newspapers in British Columbia, and by comic publishers Soaring Penguin Press, Alterna Comics, Frisson Comics, Hangman Comics and more.
You can see more of his illustrations here.
We live in a world where we are bombarded with messages and imagery. Words, illustrations and screens are everywhere. Comics, a marriage of words and pictures, are a great way to de-code the world around us.
Comics are growing in popularity, becoming the reading material of choice for many 10-14 year olds and dominating popular culture. By examining this combination of words and pictures, students strengthen their literacy and become better communicators. Also: comics are fun!