Valentine’s Day Workshop at New Sullivan Elementary

 In Curriculum Examples, The CAPE Blog

It’s hard to imagine what a classroom environment used to be like pre-covid, but last year teacher Jacki Limon and teaching artist Shenequa Brooks invited families to attend a Valentine’s Day workshop. The students and parents worked together to create LOVE paintings.

Ms. Shenequa and Ms. Limon had the students and parents celebrate their LOVE for each other by creating their own heart paintings whichever way they felt best to express to the guardian/family member they love. The paintings showed the students’ and parents’ creativity using the limited color palette of red, white, and pink. Their individual canvases were then mounted with ribbon so they can hang on a wall.

Mary and her mom working on their paintings.

When asked about the impact that these workshops have on parents, students, and their personal experiences, Ms. Shenequa and Ms. Limon shared the following: 

“The impact of this workshop for the students and parents were great and needed because we created a safe space for the parents and students to share the love they have for one another. The students loved it because they enjoy painting and were excited to gift it to the family member for V-Day. Some of the students made more than one and were fully engaged from beginning to end. We enjoyed seeing the natural excitement and engagement of the students and parents.”

Students and parent’s Valentines (LOVE) paintings.

Check out another CAPE project where students explore scale, science, and ceramics by creating molecular models and an installation in the garden at Murphy Elementary.

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