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Tom Woodruff

Teaching Artist/ Author/ Illustrator


I have been fascinated with the creative process since I was a kid. I’ve explored many mediums and have made a career of some. As a Children’s Book Illustrator, Storyteller and Teaching Artist, I’ve been delighted to share my love for Michigan and our amazing Great Lakes Region, with students and teachers in hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences throughout the State.

For the past thirty-five years, my Great Lakes Illustration Workshops have engaged students of all ages in challenging and fun, curriculum-based drawing projects. Through storytelling and step-by-step instructions, we’ve explored the abundant natural resources of our region and how they have shaped our human history.

In my Workshops and Classes, I share drawing techniques and story, contributing to my student’s personal art and observation skills. My goal is to broaden their awareness of, and respect for their natural and societal surroundings. The drawings we create together illustrate the story, document the journey and empower each student to appreciate and celebrate their own unique style.

Just recently, my daughter and I have combined both of our artistic abilities with her computer skills. She has built this website to help get me more up-to-date in this new age. 

When I'm not in schools I'm painting, making stained glass, or wood working signs at my studio here in Northern Michigan! 

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