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Woodruff Designs




Explore The History, Geography, And Natural Resources of The Great Lakes Region, And The World-Through The Creative Process

For the past thirty-one 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.


“During this workshop a great deal of learning took place for all those involved. Not only did the children learn but also the staff. Tom Woodruff was warmly welcomed by everyone. He shared a great deal of himself and did so in a genuine and sincere way. His enthusiasm for art and for the life around the Great Lakes region was contagious. Make that highly contagious!!”

Kathy Heinze

Elementary Art Educator, Greenville Schools

“Many of the children, who often reflect a negative self concept, expressed themselves through their artwork in such a unique and positive way…Many of the children who are categorized in Special Education, related to the tasks in such a way that their handicapping conditions were not there.

“Mr. Woodruff was the speaker for our Young Author’s Kick-off Program for grades 2-6. He presented three outstanding programs for the students and they left eager to begin their own writing. His talks were full of visual materials which added to the interest of all the students. He was interesting, fun and an informative speaker for our school…I would highly recommend Mr. Woodruff for school groups of all grade levels. He is able to adapt his presentations to the age and interest of his listeners, capture their attention and generate enthusiasm for writing and illustrating.”

Mrs. Judy Gould

Library Media Specialist, Leland Public School

Tammy Miller

Counselor, Sheridan Elementary School

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