Easy Middle School Mothers Day Art Project

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Wanted to get this up before it got too close to Mother’s Day 😊 I did these last week with 7th grade and I love them.   I took the photos when they were wet so dried they are actually a matte finish which I like. I am going to seal them with a non-toxic matte varnish then wrap them for the students in butcher paper.  I below are the directions and material I used. Students loved coming up with some saying for mom.  Share pics if you use in your classes or at home and happy moms day ☺️

Skills learned:

  • Collage techniques


  • Elmers glue
  • Paper plates for glue
  • Sponge brushes
  • 12 x 16 student canvas
  • Old newspaper
  • Watercolor (optional)
  • Various colored tissue paper (optional)
  • Sharpies for word writing
  • Small sponge pieces to do border or sponge hearts with water color

We started by tearing and ripping various pieces of old newspaper (only black parts not sections with color).  Then using sponge brush applying glue to entire canvas and placing pieces of newspaper in random places until entire canvas is covered. Be sure that if any is hanging over to either cut or tear off sides or use glue to make sure if stays down.  I had to go back and glue down some students because paper was lifting etc.  then be sure to add a good layer of glue on top of paper on canvas.  Now you can work on adding your words and design.  Some students wrote with a sharpie on separate piece of newspaper then glued it onto canvas. This way if you made a mistake you could correct it. But if you put it on and didn’t like it you could glue paper over it.  Also students added tissue paper hearts or sponger them with water color.  Here are some more for inspiration. 



Easy Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

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easter bunny kinder art

I know I am a little late in the game with Easter this year…it feels like the school year is just flying by.  This is a cute lesson I found on artventurous blog http://artventurous.blogspot.com/2014/04/easter-bunny.html?showComment=1396478653392#c8458852638914827174.  I ended up cutting some templates for the students to use to trace for the egg shape body so that we would start out proportionate 🙂  Then we added the rest of the features step by step with pencil and erasers.  I thought I would share with you so you can do over Easter break.  Have a happy and blessed Easter!

Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

Skills Learned:

  • Drawing step by step.
  • Tracing over lines.

Materials Used;

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Fun Week of Second Grade Portraits, Fifth Grade Flags and Seventh Grade Charcoal Sketching

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The weeks seem to be flying by now…so busy with end of school stuff.  Kinder and eighth grade graduation and with the weather being so hot spring fever is alive in my classes 🙂  I taught second, fifth and seventh grades this week.  In second grade we worked on self portraits which is always a bit challenging with the younger ones but I think they did an awesome job.   See below 🙂


Then in seventh grade we worked on our sketching skills with charcoal.  There are a lot of great utube videos on charcoal so we watched one and ventured forth 🙂


Then to finish my week I had the fifth grade class doing Jasper Johns 1954 flag.  I always let them do an adaptation on the stars so they can make it their own 🙂  Really love this project!

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Fun Little Bracelets and Some March Gratitude :)


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Thought I would share these fun bracelets I have been learning to make.  I cannot believe it is March already and we are heading towards the end of the school year.  I have been getting these halocite hearts, crosses and peace sign with 6-8mm howlite beads to tie them off.  See my links below if you want to purchase some supplies.  I used leather 1mm cording and then watched a utube video on slips knots.  Tons of stuff on the internet so have fun 🙂  Be sure to help someone in need today and say I love you a ton to your family and friends 🙂  Life is way to short to not be grateful for each day! xo renee

If you want me to make you a custom bracelet go to my Etsy store and message me 🙂


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One More Easy Valentine-I Promise :)

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Ok so I know I promised that the last post was going to end my Valentine obsession but I couldn’t help myself…I had some newspaper spread out on my tables so I dripped the liquid water-color in warm then cool colors on separate sheets.  The last two weeks we have been learning about warm and cool colors so I thought I would use them.  My students were in my room during lunch so I had one of them cut the word love out then a medium-sized heart and we made these on black cardstock.  Easy peasy and really pretty.  Last one I promise…Happy Valentines!

Easy Valentine Cards For your Kids to Make

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As promised some more easy Valentine projects you can do at home with the kids 🙂  OK so don’t laugh too hard at my fingers in the bottom left corner I was in a hurry yesterday to get out of my classroom on time!  I have really been into using this black cardstock you can get anywhere but I ordered mine on Amazon see link below if you want to buy some.  Then I took some of my watercolor paper or white card stock and made some heart templates.  Next I used my chalk pastels to color and blend the chalk onto the cut out.  Glue down and then use fun Prang metallic markers to write whatever you want 🙂  If I have time in my classes I will let the students create their very own.  Happy Valentines Day!

Told you easy and really fun!  Happy Friday..best renee

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Here are the links to order supplies:

black cardstock-http://www.amazon.com/Cardstock-Paper-Sheets-Archives-Palette/dp/B00EGYCO14/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624452&sr=8-10&keywords=black+cardstock

white watercolor paper or cardstock-http://www.amazon.com/Art-Supply-Heavy-Weight-Watercolor-24-Sheets/dp/B00PG2R2BC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624542&sr=8-3&keywords=white+watercolor+paper

Prang metallic markers-http://www.amazon.com/Prang-Metallic-Markers-Bullet-80598/dp/B001GXD3PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624594&sr=8-1&keywords=prang+metallic+markers

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The Art of Education is holding its annual Blog of the Year contest.  This is your chance to nominate my blog in one of the four categories.  Just to be included with other art teachers blogs would be an honor for me.  Please see the link/info below and take a minute or two (really that is all it takes) to vote for LaSelvaBeachART.com.  I really do appreciate it 🙂



Here we go again! It’s time to open up the nominations for AOE’s 4th Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year contest!


We’re shaking things up a bit this year with the format, but the event still remains the web’s only contest that exclusively honors Art Education blogs. If you’re new to AOE and don’t know what it’s all about, check out last year’s winners then come on back to nominate your favorites!

What’s New This Year

This year, we’re once again on the hunt for the best of the best in Art Ed Blogs. However, instead of having one catch-all category, we’re breaking it down a bit.

We’re recognizing the best blogs in the following 4 categories.

1. Best Elementary Art Ed Blog
2. Best Secondary Art Ed Blog
3. Best Rising Star Art Ed Blog
4. Best Wild Card Blog

God Has A Plan-Favorite Quotes of the New Year

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This week was back to teaching art…I had First, Fourth and Sixth Grades and they we had some fun.  I also wanted to share with you the two best quotes of Christmas and New Years Vacation.  Got to give quote credits to Mrs. Colosi who said this on New Years Eve.  The second one I saw on a dish towel in Truckee.  They both are so true and are words to live by 🙂









In First Grade we did George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog.”

first grade blue dog




Then I did paper portraits with the Fourth Grade class which was also fun 🙂

fourth grade paper portraits

And to finish my week I worked with the sixth grade on these Asian Bamboo watercolor pieces.  They really got into using the different brushes and simulating the bamboo. Continue Reading »

Fall Art Lesson for 3-5th Grades

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3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

I had to move around some lessons for 4th grade because I could not start their mission painting yet.   So I thought it would be fun to do something seasonal like a fall pumpkin patch scene with chalk pastels.  I searched the internet and there are so many how to draw pumpkin lessons.  Of course pinterest has many options below are the three I am going to use to show the students there are many easy ways to sketch a pumpkin.

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

  1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/145804106662053454/
  2. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/145804106661991880/
  3. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/145804106661976935/

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100th Blog Post-Auction Projects Galore

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Sorry I have been absent for the last few months.  I am trying to update my blog and make it more user friendly.  If any of you have ideas I would love to hear from you.

For my 100th post I thought I would share the fabulous auction projects the students have created this year.  I love doing these but its gets a bit crazy when we come down to the deadlines and trying to fit it all the normal curriculum etc.  I assisted with about 6 classes this year and I want to say thanks to all the parents that helped with materials etc to get these done 🙂

First Grade-Crosses

First Grade Wood Piece Auction Crosses

So happy to have Mr. Silva the science and math teacher on campus this year 🙂  He taught woodworking and has a love of it as I do of art.  He helped cut and prepare the wood for the First Grade Crosses.  We got the ideas of course from Pinterest and went about trying to figure out how to get them done with the students.  I again used my Annie Sloane chalkboard paint with students with water to have a whitewash effect.  Thanks also to Claudia my fearless friend and room mother who was with me all the way on this project.  I hope one of use gets to purchase one of these.  I truly love them!

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