About Cheryl Trowbridge

I've been teaching Art to kids for over 20 years. There is nothing more inspiring than watching kids of all ages discover their ability to be creative! I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach the basics of art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe!) and the willingness to have fun with it! Over the years, I've developed hundreds of successful art lessons for kids, and my passion now is to make them accessible, so everyone can share the joy of art with the kids in their lives!

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How to Sharpen Colored Pencils for Limited Breakage

How to Sharpen Colored Pencils

  If you’ve ever been frus­trated by col­ored pen­cils that break as you sharpen them, you’re not alone! Col­ored pen­cils are prone to break­age whether you’re using inex­pen­sive stu­dent grade pen­cils or high qual­ity artist grade pen­cils. Col­ored pen­cils are frag­ile by nature. The core of a col­ored pen­cil is made of pig­ment mixed with either […]

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Student Grade Colored Pencil Comparison Test

A Colored Pencil Test

When it comes to buy­ing art sup­plies for your class­room, how much does your bud­get influ­ence your buy­ing deci­sions? Do you some­times choose your cheap­est option just because, well, it’s the cheap­est? There’s such a range of qual­ity when it comes to stu­dent grade col­ored pen­cils and the dif­fer­ence in price doesn’t always make up […]

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Haiku Tunnel Books Pdf

Haiku Tunnel Books pdf

The newest addi­tion to my TpT store is this pdf based on one of my most pop­u­lar lessons… Haiku Tun­nel Books! A tun­nel book is a three dimen­sional mov­able book that you read by look­ing through it. Orig­i­nally from the mid-18th cen­tury, tun­nel books are now enjoy­ing new pop­u­lar­ity as an art form in their own right. […]

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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Par­ents often tell me about the art­work their kids did with me that they have framed and hang­ing in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a per­ma­nent place on the wall! While there’s noth­ing like adding new lessons to keep your cur­ricu­lum fresh and excit­ing, we all have projects that […]

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Monoprint made with a Gelli plate

How to Make a Gelli Print

Gelli plates are a quick, easy, and FUN way to make the most amaz­ing mono­prints. Once you expe­ri­ence this process for your­self, you’ll be addicted — like me! Just fol­low these sim­ple steps to make your own unique Gelli prints.… You’ll need: Gelli plate (avail­able in 6x6, 8x10, 12x14, and an 8″ cir­cle) Acrylic paints (stu­dent or even […]

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Monoprints made with a Gelli Arts gel printing plate

Making Monoprints with a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

I recently dis­cov­ered a new prod­uct that I’ve become obsessed with… the Gelli Arts Gel Print­ing Plate. I’ve always loved mono­print­ing, but Gelli Plates take this art form to a whole new level. Print­mak­ing with a Gelli Plate is sim­i­lar to gelatin print­ing, but the plate itself is much more durable, it’s reusable, you can store […]

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Some of My Favorite Art Books for Reading Aloud

Read Aloud and Respond with Art!

March 5th, 2014 is World Read Aloud Day! Every year, on the first Wednes­day in March, Lit­world (a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy around the globe) mobi­lizes chil­dren and adults every­where to advo­cate for lit­er­acy as a basic human right belong­ing to all peo­ple. Read­ing aloud is a nat­ural way to cel­e­brate the writ­ten word […]

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