Blocksma never hesitates to share his travels and observations with youth. He regularly conducts workshops at schools and museums throughout the state among them the Kalamazoo Art Museum, Saginaw Art Museum, Rodgers City Elementary, St. Francis Elementary, Royal Oak Elementary, Northport High School and North Holland School.
He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College, an M.D. from Northwestern University and has done graduate study in bronze casting at Eastern Michigan University. He received the 2022 Legacy Award in 2022 from Michigan Legacy Art Park.