Education

Graduate Diploma of Education, Victoria University    2014

  • Subject specialisations: Creativity and the Arts, Middle Years
  • Graduated with First Class Honours (93% grade average)
  • Awardee of the Golden Key International Honour Society for academic excellence

Painting in the Classical Tradition, Aegean Centre of Fine Art – Italy & Greece    2013

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), Victorian College of the Arts    2010 - 2012

  • Major: Painting
  • Grade Average: First Class Honours

Certificate IV in Urban Mission    2008

  • Year-long internship program with the Salvation Army, responsible for emergency relief, drop in centre, food relief van, program for youth at risk and children’s court child supervision.

South Australian Certificate of Education, Concordia College    2006

  • Tertiary Entrance Rank: 81.90

 

Teaching Experience

Casual Relief Teacher, Grades 3 - 12, Mountain District Christian School    Current

Secondary Art Teacher, Mountain District Christian School    2015

  • Ran the Secondary Art Program, teaching Studio Arts for grades 11 - 12, and Art for grades 7 - 10
  • Developed the entire curriculum for years 7 - 12 art according to the framework of 'Understanding By Design', and documented using the online management system of Atlas Rubicon
  • Undertook extracurricular activities including camps, incursions, excursions, lunchtime activities and holiday workshops to engage student learning and wellbeing

Student Teacher, Carranballac College P-9 [280 hours]    2014

  • Developed and implemented daily unit lesson plans for years 5 – 9, administered tests, evaluations and analysing student performance
  • Developed excellent rapport with the staff and students, fostering a classroom environment that engaged students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Achieved 100% rating from mentor teacher Brett Watson, in the mid-year progress report

University Teacher, Tabor College Victoria    2013

  • Bachelor of Arts - Painting
  • Developed full curriculum for semester-long painting program, including organising material creation, excursions and additional logistics, resulting IP requested for future use by the university
  • Taught and delivered painting curriculum to a diverse class, varying in technical competency
  • Accomplished 5 out of 5 feedback rating from all students
  • Developed strong student and staff relations, ensuring unbiased examination and adherence to set learning outcomes

Private Art Teacher    2012 – current

  • Developed individualised, inquiry based learning plans for artist seeking technical and professional development in a personalised learning environment

 Art Teacher, Faith & the Arts Intensive    2011 - 2012

  • Curriculum development for an 8 day intensive for students of vast experience and ability.
  • Delivery of introduction to painting and drawing course
  • Developed formative assessments of prior learning that help me to clearly communicate to students at a variety of levels and ability.

 

Relevant Educational Experience

Out of School Hours Care Educator, Carranballac College P-9    2014

  • Supervised approximately 70 children
  • Developed an arts and sustainability curriculum which involved activities for students from prep to year 6
  • Developed positive and warm environment for the children, ensuring implementation of appropriate behaviour management strategies 
  • Assisted with the overall administration of the OSHC program, adhering to quality assurance standards and procedures

Training Co-ordinator, CAF Artist Network    2012 - 2013

  • Facilitated a nine-month art and spirituality course which helped to equip Christian artists who want to be excellent in their field

Professional Artist, Thomas Gibbs Art    2007 – current

  • Multiple awardee of art prizes and travel scholarships
  • Curated and exhibited in multiple art exhibitions (including Victoria, South Australia and Greece)
  • Conducted over 30 commissions, with repeat and referral business
  • Illustrated multiple theological books on the history of the early church
  • Prepared, developed and performed 16 public painting demonstrations, most recently for the Ringwood Arts Society
  • Contract design, extensive client interaction, website development and coding, invoicing and artwork logistics

 

Skills summary

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to establish strong rapport with students, staff and parents – via facilitating an empowering learning environment

Planning and Organisational Skills

  • Strong organisational skills through planning, developing and of curriculum. Managing own business and clients as a professional artist
  • Consistently commended for ability to redirect students exhibiting disruptive behaviours, introducing positive behaviour patterns

Technology skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Web development and coding (www.thomasgibbsart.com)
  • Specialist media software knowledge including Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro

Pastoral skills

  • Ability to assist students who require individualised attention within a regular classroom setting
  • Demonstrates competence in administration and management across a range of children’s services, as demonstrated in voluntary emergency relief service at the Salvation Army

 

Awards & Scholarships

  • Golden Key Award - International Honour Society for academic excellence    2015
  • Ian Potter Scholarship ($6,000 Study Abroad Grant)    2013
  • Graeme Hildebrand Travel Grant ($10,000 Study Abroad Grant)    2013
  • Rosetta Kelly Environment Art Award    2012
  • Finalist for the Metro Arts Prize ($50,000 Art Award)    2012
  • Finalist for the Wallara Travelling Scholarship    2012
  • Finalist for the Metro Arts Prize ($50,000 Art Award)    2011

 

Registrations

  • Victorian Institute of Teaching - Registered Teacher
  • Senior First Aid: Level 2
  • Anaphylaxis and Asthma Administration: Level 2
  • CPR

Referees available upon request