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Gibson - Certified K-12 Art - Rocky Mount, NC, USA

Matt Gibson

Rocky Mount, NC, USA


I am an artist and teacher who enjoys watching the arts ignite fires in students. A fire has blazed an artistic and teaching journey for me. I have taught several levels of art, built a ceramic program, worked in several mediums, and served as departmental chairs. This formula of continued growth as an artist and arts educator is guiding me towards a personal goal of becoming a Higher Education Visual Arts Professor. This challenge will allow me to take on an advanced level of students, their surrounding community, and a new visual arts curriculum. I would welcome the opportunity to be considered for a personnel interview.


Certified K-12 Art


Philosophy of Teaching
As an artist and teacher my philosophy intertwines with the way I work in the studio and in the classroom. The core of my abilities as an art instructor is to be a motivated leader, self reliant, and patient. I have found that motivation and the ability to motivate others is key in developing success in a classroom. I feel there are similarities between a salesman and a teacher: you have a product, buyer, and the pitch. Getting students to buy into your pitch is one of the hardest things to accomplish as a leader in the classroom studio. Although, getting students to become volunteers advocating for their own success is one of the most rewarding accomplishments you can experience.
I teach by example using these qualities. My leadership role as a visual arts instructor is to guide students to understand concepts of designing, creating, analyzing and evaluating their work. Through preliminary assessment I find the starting point for the direction of the class. Assignments are designed where students build from existing knowledge enhancing a further understanding of techniques and conceptual ideas.
There has to be trust and harmony between the teacher and student. If the student does not know the rules to the game, how can they be expecting to play? I clearly present topics using a variety of teaching and assessment methods. Students understand requirements along with expectations for learning to take place. Learning the tools, materials, and the tasks combined to foster self-reliance. By experiencing self-reliance students learn responsibility and ownership; empowering themselves to think creatively in and out of the studio.
There has always been a certain amount of ambiguity involved with art. Hidden in the development of art making is patience. But how do you teach patience when it is intangible. It’s just understood. Trying to slow students down and realize that making art is not a race but a journey. Teaching students not to settle and de

Work History

2014 Destination Innovation Lecturer

Nash Rocky Mount Schools

June 2014 - June 2014

Creating websites in the classroom.

Destination Innovation Lecturer

Nash Rocky Mount Schools

June 2012 - June 2012

Ceramics in the K-12 classroom

Ceramic Assistant

John C. Campbell Folk School

February 2006 - February 2006

Ceramic assistant

Adjunct Professor

Barton College

August 2006 - June 2008

Art Teacher, Tenured

Nash Rocky Mount Schools

From August 2002

Art Department chair Pottery Instructor

Art Teacher

Wilson County Schools

August 1998 - June 2002

6-8 grade art teacher

Pottery, Sculpture, and Fine Woodworking


80 Commemorative Plates

2012 80 Commemorative Plates PNC Bank Rocky Mount, NC
Abstract Paintings of Tar River Supervisor, Dorsey Tobias

Gallery Benches

2006, 7 Gallery Benches Rocky Mount Imperial Center, NC
Cherry, Maple, Walnut Supervisor, Jerry Jackson

Qualifications & Certifications

International Baccalaureate Certification

The Florida Association of IB World Schools

Effective Teacher Training

East Carolina University

Masters of Fine Arts In Three Dimensional Design

Illinois State University

Bachelor of Fine Arts

East Carolina University

Northern Nash Senior High

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