MATTHEW FRANCIS MOHRBACH
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
M.A. in Art History
Diploma, May 2017
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A. in Art Education; minor in Education
B.A. in Art History; minor in Studio Art
Diploma, August 2012
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
NORTH OLMSTED CITY SCHOOLS
Art teacher specialising in regular and honours level Art History, Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking for 9th-12th grade students. A variety of themes are explored through socially transformative lessons that are designed to address contemporary visual culture in addition to art historical concepts. Students become self-aware artists in the classroom through example, experimentation and critique. Student art is always in constant display around the school buildings throughout the year. Helped to judge and curate art shows throughout the academic year within the school, local community and Northeast Ohio. A key team member in restructuring the NOHS Art Department curriculum into a medium-focused semester format, which required a complete rewrite of the current curriculum. Courses were designed to naturally build upon previously acquired concepts in order to allow students to complete high level and intensive projects during their 11th and 12th grade years. Advisor for the National Art Honor Society at NOHS, which facilitates peer recognition, community engagement, leadership growth opportunities, and college preparation. Responsible for helping to implement and further the Honors Art Program requirements within my department.
THE KOSCIUSZKO FOUNDATION
Visual Arts Teacher responsible for developing and teaching a summer arts curriculum for Polish students at the Arts Enriched Language Camp in Załęcze Wielkie, Poland. Helped to further the goal of The Kosciuszko Foundation to expose Polish learners to diverse cultural experiences through highly engaging and socially transformative lesson plans. Worked in conjunction with other teachers to collaboratively put together a theatrical, musical, and visual arts presentation of the student work at the end of the programme.
AKRON ART MUSEUM
Key player in the planning and execution of in-house and community outreach activities related to the ‘The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and Draw Me a Story’ exhibition. Received docent training in order to successfully develop an educational tour for the exhibition. Following training became the one in charge of conducting tours for Kindergarten through 12th grade groups and privately scheduled museum visitors. Researched, developed and performed a weekly story hour session where children of all ages were invited to the museum to listen to stories by Ezra Jack Keats and his peers. Constructed an easily adaptable lesson plan to coincide with the exhibition to be available on the website. The lead educator for the 2013 Family Drop-In Day where 300 participants came and participated in art making activities.