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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Sharpen Pencils Fast with the iPoint Ball Sharpener

My New Favorite Pencil Sharpener

Usu­ally, I sharpen pen­cils as needed, a few at a time, and don’t think much about it. But this morn­ing I sat star­ing at 9 dozen brand new pen­cils I needed for a work­shop I’m teach­ing. I found myself pro­cras­ti­nat­ing this sim­ple task all week, just due to the sheer num­ber of them. But once I got going, I […]

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Watch this 5 minute TED Talk for some truly compelling art advocacy!

Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw

Explain­ing the impor­tance of learn­ing to draw to art edu­ca­tors is like preach­ing to the choir. We already believe! Yet we all have peo­ple around us, school admin­is­tra­tors, par­ents, and even stu­dents, who don’t share our enthu­si­asm. We need to be proac­tive in our art advo­cacy if we’re to avoid hav­ing to defend our programs […]

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Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a 'Retro' Flash Card Flipper!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a ‘Retro’ Flash Card Flipper

Sum­mer Learn­ing Loss’, or ‘Sum­mer Slide’ as it’s also known, is not just an issue for ‘at risk’ stu­dents. All stu­dents need to prac­tice their aca­d­e­mic skills to keep from falling behind over sum­mer vaca­tion. The year I taught 2nd grade I expe­ri­enced first­hand how much stu­dents can for­get over the sum­mer. We wasted much valuable […]

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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part 1: Cookie Cutter Art

Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part One: Cookie Cutter Art

A while back, a fam­ily emer­gency led me to take (what I thought would be) a tem­po­rary leave of absence from my K-8 Art posi­tion. A change like this can offer you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and teach you some sur­pris­ing things. I never imag­ined all I’d learn about teach­ing by not teach­ing! But this time away from the class­room gave me some much needed […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learn­ing, cre­at­ing, and spend­ing more time out­doors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspir­ing lit­tle book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would share […]

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Beachball designed for "Elements of Art Scavenger Hunt" for Grades 1 & 2

Beachball Scavenger Hunt with the Elements of Art & Principles of Design

Help­ing kids learn the Ele­ments of Art & Prin­ci­ples of Design is easy when you make a game of it! This activ­ity is adapt­able across a wide range of ages… I’ve used it from 1st grade through high school by cus­tomiz­ing my ques­tions or direc­tives for the stu­dents I’m using it with. Whether you have just a few minutes […]

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