oodruff Designs




We hope you are having a Great School Year! 

Now Scheduling Visiting and Resident Artist Programs and Special Events:

2010-2011 School Year Scheduling: If you are interested in scheduling Visiting Artist or Resident Artist Programs this school year, I have some days available from January-May. Please call or e-mail for available dates in your area: 616-745-9742 or tom@woodruffdesigns.com.

 School and Event Highlights: I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all school and event coordinators and funding organizations for inviting me to share my Illustration Workshops with your students, staff and attendees. Given the current under- funding of Michigan's schools, and of the arts in general, I am grateful to have such a full and varied schedule  I'll have pictures from some of these events in time, but for now, a special thanks to the following schools and events scheduled this Fall:  

Goodwillie Environmental School-Ada; Vestaburg Elementary; Alto Elementary; Crestwood Elementary-Rockford; Symons Elementary-Milan; Milan Middle SchoolBarefoot Gardens-Ada; Michigan Story Festival-CMU-Mt. Pleasant; Celebrate Literacy Conference-GVSU-Grand Rapids; Moccasin, Stark and Ottawa Elementary Schools-Buchanan; Central and McMillan Elementary Schools-Muskegon; Ellis Elementary-Belding; Trout Lodge YMCA of the Ozarks-Potosi, MO; North and South Elementary Schools-Watervliet; Hillcrest, Brookside, Riverview and Eastwood Elementary Schools-Big Rapids; Big Rapids Middle School and High School; Roguewood Elementary-Rockford; Lakeview and South Hamlin Elementary Schools-Ludington; and Hill El Academy-Farmington Hills.

New Projects:

100 Dragons and Counting: This September, in the midst of some projects that felt much like work, I painted a dragon, just for the fun of it. One became two, then ten & twenty...I pulled them from my memory and imagination, surprised at how many I had within me and the ease with which ideas flowed. I found myself watching my children and animals play, imagining them as dragons and drawing them as I saw them. Innocent shoppers and passers-by have, likewise, been mutated on note cards, receipts and restaurant napkins. To date, I have thirty dragons in color, fifty drawn and ready to paint, and another sixty ready to transfer. There seems no end to it...

I began sharing these paintings and their stories with students along the way, and realized by their response, what a wonderful connection I had here to imagination, art, history, science, creative writing and especially to childhood.  Now, I'm getting dragon-mail from dozens of students and teachers, with drawings, lengthy idea lists and dragon-rich thank you cards.  As this fun little sideline has taken on a life of its own, and continues to be a joy, I expect to be busy at it for some time to come. So in addition to my more serious GREAT LAKES ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOPS and WORLD HISTORY ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOPS, I now offer my flip side: 


Coming soon: 

Summer Art Classes in Leland: If you are in Leelanau County this summer, you’ll want to check out the many art classes and activities offered by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, at the Old Art Building, in Leland. Once again, I have the pleasure of sharing my Drawing and Nature Journaling Workshops with classes for both children and adults. For information and registration, contact Judy Livingston at oldartbuilding@charterinternet.com. 





P.O. Box 192 Greenville Mi 48838
Phone: 616-745-9742 tom@woodruffdesigns.com