Lead Instructor, Designer
After Matthew graduated from the California College of the Arts with a degree in design, he dove head first into work as a branding designer/art director in firms large and small throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, working with brands such as Keen Shoes and Hewlett Packard. After almost 10 years in the industry Matthew became interested in taking what he had learned in school and as a professional designer and apply that wealth of experience to education.
In 2006 Matthew started researching and designing programs to foster kids instinctual sense of creativity and problem solving. Over the course of the past few years he has developed several after-school and enrichment classes that are currently in place, throughout Bay Area in schools, various educational organizations, and training teachers to lead them. They have been so successful, that he has since expanded the programs and workshops to include adults groups and corporate clients. Matthew has appeared numerous times at the Maker Faire and speaks often in university classrooms such as Mills College in Oakland, The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, The Boys and Girls Club, San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum, and the KALA Art Institute. Matthew continues to work onsite with private and public teaching programs in the Bay Area as well as home-school groups. Matthew also teaches classes in creative process and thinking at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
"Matthew thinks big and offers innovative ideas and vision to educational programs. He also makes great use of his interpersonal and networking skills both in and out of the classroom. Middle school students and bureaucratic administrators are no match for his easy manner and make it happen attitude." - J. Dunn, Youth Art Programs Manager at Kala Art Institute
"...Mr. Jervis knew exactly how to motivate students. His teaching technique was so unique and fun." - N. LI, Marketing and Public Relations Intern at San Francisco International Arts Festival, former student at the Academy of Art Univeristy
Garth is a California College of the Arts' prospective MFA sculpture grad student. Garth joined Make It Creativity in January 2015, and currently is leading a Make It Club class at a Berkeley middle school as part of their after school enrichment program. Garth believes in teaching art through theory and creative, hands-on assignments that expand on the elements of chance and failure. Though this, students can develop lasting critical thinking skills necessary to prepare them for a career in the arts that will strengthen communities and the art world as a whole. Fry provides students with the skill-sets necessary to creating a strong art practice within an environment that promotes diversity and supports interdisciplinary study. http://garthfryart.com/