Take a sneak peek at Ensworth High School Art Teacher Matt Plumb. I had the privilege of being a guest in his Drawing I Class where students were learning the basics of figure drawing and posing. Take a look at what he had to say when the Ensworth Grind caught up with him.
I was asked by students to sponsor a Graphic Novel Club this year, so I have immersed myself in reading a variety of non-superhero books. The club just finished reading V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, but I have also recently read The Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire, 3 Story by Matt Kindt, Hey Wait… by Jason, The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring, Alias the Cat! by Kim Deitch, Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man and Perfect Example by Jeff Porcellino, The Wild Kingdom by Kevin Huizenga, and Market Day by James Sturm. The last book I read that was not a graphic novel was a collection of art criticism by Jerry Saltz titled Seeing Out Louder.
If you could be a fly on the wall in one of the Ensworth classrooms which one would it be?
I would want to be a fly on the wall in David Lovell’s AP Art History class. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to see the handwritten notes he created for the course. The notes looked like beautiful manuscripts created by a (slightly mad) genius: his handwriting was meticulous, he wrote everything with the same type of pen on the same type of paper, and the content of the notes showed a remarkable depth of knowledge and research. I may be remembering this wrong, but I also think the notes were kept in identical leather books. On top of his art historical expertise, Lovell has a lightning-fast wit. I have no doubt that his class would be incredibly informative and full of humorous quips.
What’s your favorite lunchroom food?
While I appreciate what our lunch ladies do for us everyday, I am especially grateful when our parents provide us with special lunches. Last week’s lunch with delicious lasagna and an amazing Asian salad was further enhanced by the café atmosphere the parents created outside. Thank you parents!
What was one of your favorite subjects from your school days that has nothing to do with art?
Being an arts-type person, it is a little unusual that I also liked science in school. I found Biology tough, but I loved Chemistry and Physics. I had a great Physics teacher in high school that set up interesting lab experiments. The hands-on aspect of the labs also appealed a great deal to me.
What’s the best Ensworth activity or day you look forward to every year?
I have been a ninth or tenth grade advisor over the past four years and I always look forward to the service learning days. It is inspiring to see Ensworth students rise to the challenges of serving others. I also enjoy getting to know students outside of the classroom while working side-by-side with them.
What faculty member from Red Gables would you like to see profiled next?
I’ll mix things up and choose someone in the Science Department: Jonathan Reveal.