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

Kindergarten Valentines Project-Warm and Cool Hearts

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My favorite holiday is coming up in February…yes Valentines Day 🙂  The month when we get to paint all things with hearts!  This week and next I will try and gather all my Valentine lessons and share with you.  Here is the Kindergarten one I did last year.  We had fun learning about warm and cool colors.  Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday!

Skills Learned:

  • Warm and Cool Colors
  • Dividing background and shapes

Materials Used:

  • Black oil pastel
  • Heart cut outs
  • 18 x 24 taped watercolor paper
  • Large brushes
  • 4 cool color tempera and 4 warm colored tempera paints

(you can use light and dark green to add more color choices)

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Start by discussing Valentines Day and the shape of a heart. Then talk about your color wheel discussing the warm colors and how they feel hot like fire and the cool colors being cold like the ocean. Next have students use the oil pastel to divide their background into 4 different areas. Use the board or a sample to show them how many possibilities there are. Next have them paint the cool color in each of the 4 areas. Set aside and work on the heart. Divide the heart into 4 areas and paint the warm colors light to dark wiping your brush in between each color. Glue heart onto background and you are set 🙂

Another Fun Week of Art With Kindergarten Royal Portraits

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kinder royal portraitsFirst off I cannot believe January 2015 is halfway done!  I had those fabulous Kindergarteners again and we had fun with the above Royal Portraits.  I have to give credits to DeepSpaceSparkle for the lesson here is the original link http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2011/11/16/royal-kinder-portraits/ for this.  Patty has some amazing lessons and I have followed her for years.  Thanks Patty another California art teacher!  I found these crowns on sale at Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/prism-crowns-a2-25_943.fltr?Ntt=crowns ($2.90 per dozen) we dawned our crowns and instantly became royal!  Often during class if someone got a little crazy we discussed how royals would act it was so much fun 🙂  Lesson is below.

7th grade foil names

I also tried a new lesson in 7th grade with names which I believe they liked-I asked them if they wanted to keep it for next year and they said yes if we could listen to the Glee station on Pandora 🙂  So we listened to Glee and finished our work.  Another fun week in Art class in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  I am very grateful for everything God has given to me and sometimes just have to say it so I fully realize what a gift everyday is!

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Please Vote For My Blog-Pretty Please


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.”

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

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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 »

Celebrating 50 Years Was So Much Fun on the Island of Namotu in Fiji

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hamock in namotu fiji  Namotu Island Fiji  namotu fiji sunset private pool by our villa

It was a bit crazy getting out for a family trip before Christmas but I have to say we had so much fun.  We have never celebrated Christmas away from home since the kids were little.  Now that they are 18, 16 and 13 it was nice to go away and have time together as a family away from all the holiday hype.  The Island of Namotu only house about 23 visitors and you can only have one internet connection at one time for $100 so our technology was limited.  The above picture is the hammock and the island, our first sunset and the pool that was by our Villa.

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We stayed in the back of the property in what was called the Villa.  I think originally this was built for the owner of the property but now is used for guests.  The girls shared a room and my son had his own with a joint bathroom.  Kent and I had the master bedroom with a lovely bathroom and amazing views to Cloudbreak and Namotu lefts.  There are breaks all along the island and a boat ride away from some of the best surfing in the world.  Above is a funny plastic Santa I found on the beach and the girls torturing their brother with the Mahi Mahi they caught.  The trip gave us plenty of family time and also lots of fun water activities to do besides surfing.  One day we went out for a “skull drag” which consisted of hanging on to a few 2 x 4 pieces of wood and being drug around the reef for an hour.  It was amazing and the reef is still very much alive and beautiful since the last trip Kent and I took to Fiji 25 years ago when we lived in Japan.

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The staff was amazing.  Very friendly and welcoming.  Even with all of our food allergies they rolled with it and made us feel at home.  The picture of the shell above is one I found on the island.  Also lots of coral and beauty on the beach.  Thanks to Scottie and Mandy who own and operate the island.  We had a memorable family trip we will not forget.

Kindergarten Christmas Tree with Doves

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kinder christmas tree art lesson

I had those fabulous Kindergarteners this week 🙂  They always make me smile and I truly enjoy my time with them.  I wanted to get them into the Christmas spirit so we did this Christmas tree with doves project.  It has a few cut outs but always looks beautiful.  Hope you get to enjoy some time with your family this holiday.  Looking forward to time with mine 🙂  xo  renee Continue Reading »