February 29, 2016 – TEMECULA, CA – About 50 budding artists at Temecula Luiseño Elementary School recently completed watercolor paintings using materials purchased with funds provided by a curriculum support grant from the Temecula Education Foundation (TEF). Thanks to the foundation, Mrs. Elaine Whaley’s third-grade students used special watercolor paper and pencils to learn perspective and experience multi-media painting. Supplies also were shared with fellow TLES teacher Michael Denine and his classroom.
“Watercolors are often a child’s first painting experience. We think of them as inexpensive, easy-to-clean-up paints. Yet watercolors are difficult for younger children to control, especially on regular paper. Special watercolor pencils are a unique medium for creating art. They combine drawing with painting in a manner that no other medium can duplicate. Because the medium is enclosed inside a pencil that can be sharpened, the artist can create detailed and delicate marks that would be difficult to do with a brush,” Mrs. Whaley said.
“This is our first project. We used special watercolor pencils first, added black Sharpie outlines and, in stages, completed the painting. Students learned that watercolor pencils can be blended, and they learned to avoid over brushing. We’re really happy with how their work turned out. Thank you, Temecula Education Foundation, for your support in giving my students this experience,” she added.
Since 2011, the Temecula Education Foundation has awarded over $100,000 to Temecula educators for classroom enrichment. Foundation-sponsored grant applications for enrichment activities focusing on visual arts, performing arts, and sciences are available annually to educators in all Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) schools.
TEF Director and Taste of Temecula Valley Chair Mark Katan said, “We are proud to support educators whose passion and creativity make a difference in the classroom. This is the fifth year our foundation has been able to fund grants. We wish we could fund all requests, but our dollars are limited. Community events – like the 6th annual Taste of Temecula Valley April 29-30 and summer school enrichment classes, as well as donations from foundation partners and sponsors – enable us to provide funds to enhance the curriculum for students. We thank the community for its ongoing support.”
The Temecula Education Foundation is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit directly supporting students in Grades K-12 in the TVUSD. Sponsored by TEF in collaboration with the City of Temecula, the 6th annual Taste of Temecula Valley (TOTV) is a community event designed to raise funds to support the arts and other curriculum for TVUSD students in Grades K-12. TOTV events on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, 2016, will be held in Town Square Park, in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main St., Old Town Temecula. See temeculaeducationfoundation.org for more info.
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Barb Burkett, Temecula Education Foundation