Highly recommend! Matt has an incredible way of challenging, encouraging, and entertaining kids. Don’t pass on an opportunity to have Matt visit your classroom!
— Rose Tarullo, Former Grade 3 teacher, American International School Kuwait
Matt teaching comics at the american international school kuwait

Matt teaching comics at the american international school kuwait

What can Matt Smith offer?

Matt Smith has led comics workshops at schools and comic conventions across the world.

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 comics! His favourite mini lesson is the Ten Minute Art Lesson which “illustrates” how comics 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 Comic Language, Drawing More Expressive Illustrations (for younger cartoonists), Creating Comics from the Initial Idea to the Published Page. Matt doesn’t limit his comics lessons to English classes. He has helped students in a variety of subjects create comics 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, 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.


matt smith, 2017 -   photo by emma smith

matt smith, 2017 -   photo by emma smith

Who is Matt Smith?

Matt Smith is a cartoonist, filmmaker 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 Frisson Comics, Cuckoo’s Nest Press, Kraken Komiks, and Hangman Comics.

You can see more of his illustrations here.


matt smith teaching comics in vancouver

Why comics?

We live in a world where we are bombarded with messages and imageryWordsillustrations 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!


What do teachers say about Matt Smith?

Highly recommend! Matt came to my classroom to teach my third grade class about perspective and how to show that visually in a comic. They got so much more out of it than that. There were students who felt more proud of themselves than ever in that lesson. Matt has an incredible way of challenging, encouraging, and entertaining kids. Don’t pass on an opportunity to have Matt visit your classroom!
— Rose Tarullo, Former Grade 3 teacher, American International School Kuwait

Hire Matt Smith!

If you'd like to book Matt Smith for a workshop, lesson or school visit, please get in touch! Matt is willing to adapt his lessons and workshops to suit an individual school or convention's needs, so please don't hesitate to ask!

You can contact Matt by email at matt@smithvssmith.com