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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Basic Japanese Notan Design for Grades 1 and Up - great for practicing cutting and gluing!

Basic Japanese Notan Designs for 1st Grade & Up

Are you look­ing for an easy project that will give your youngest stu­dents more prac­tice with scis­sors? This very basic Japan­ese Notan les­son is per­fect for work­ing on cut­ting and glu­ing skills, and kids will love the strik­ing designs they cre­ate! Notan is a type of Japan­ese art that uses the con­trast of light and dark to make an eye-catching com­po­si­tion. (Pro­nounce it just like it […]

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How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

I first fell in love with kids’ art long before I ever became an art teacher…. I think I’ve always been attracted to it. Truth be told, I pre­fer kids’ art to most of the art that adults make! I love its spon­tane­ity, its expres­sive­ness, and its hon­esty. Kids’ art is charm­ing, orig­i­nal, and delight­ful…. except when it’s not. […]

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7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

Dis­play­ing stu­dent art through­out the year, and not only at your end-of-the-year art show, pays div­i­dends in so many ways. From pro­mot­ing your pro­gram to build­ing stu­dent pride and self-esteem, it’s worth the time and effort it takes to show off the won­der­ful art that your stu­dents are cre­at­ing! Look for spaces to dis­play stu­dent work not only in […]

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A flag inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana, illustrating the Irish proverb, "You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind."

Illustrate a Proverb or Verse Inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana

See­ing a vari­ety of Fante Asafo Flags from Ghana will inspire your stu­dents with ideas for this project. Stu­dents in grades 5 and up will enjoy cre­at­ing their own per­sonal flag to illus­trate a proverb or verse that’s mean­ing­ful to them. Kids love the tac­tile expe­ri­ence of work­ing with felt and embroi­dery floss as they use graphic sym­bols to tell a story, con­vey a concept […]

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Learn Art History (and lots more!) for FREE with Khan Academy

Learn Art History with the Khan Academy

You only have to know one thing: You can learn any­thing.” That’s the motto of the Khan Acad­emy! If you’re not famil­iar with the Khan Acad­emy, and you have an inter­est in Art His­tory (for any rea­son — whether you’re a par­ent, stu­dent, teacher, or life­long learner) you’ll be amazed by the edu­ca­tion that’s avail­able to you for free! […]

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How to Hold a Pencil - a Simple Technique for Teaching the Tripod Grip

How to Hold a Pencil 101

In draw­ing, as in writ­ing, how you hold your pen­cil makes a dif­fer­ence! Over the years, I’ve seen some really unusual ways of hold­ing a pen­cil. Many stu­dents arrive in Kinder­garten with habits already formed that look awk­ward at best, if not painfully uncom­fort­able. No won­der some kids have trou­ble with writ­ing and draw­ing! These […]

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Art with Math — Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

What do you get when you com­bine geom­e­try, art, and soc­cer?? A win­ning art les­son, that’s what! All the excite­ment of the World Cup this sum­mer inspired me to come up with a cre­ative way to teach kids how to draw a soc­cer ball. I was deter­mined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […]

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