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Design your own valentine while exploring the history and art behind Valentine’s Day cards! View examples of vintage cards from our history collection and learn about the basic elements of art and principles of design, such as balance and contrast. This interactive program guides participants on how to apply what they have learned when developing their own creations. 

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By Request: $140.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Sciences, Social Studies/History STEAM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

Mt. Pleasant , Michigan
United States

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History strives to provide educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, imagination, and memory. Our goal is to promote sustainable relationships between peoples and their environments by encouraging respect for cultural and natural diversity. Through our distance learning programs, we look to encourage a spirit of inquiry through interactive demonstrations that help spark thoughtful discussion and further exploration!

Rebecca Petrone

Program Details


1. Intro
2. History of Valentine's Day greetings
3. Introduce the elements of art
4. Discuss principles of design
5. Explore vintage Valentines
6. Design a card as a class
7. Careers associated with art & design and Q&A


Participants will:
-learn about the history of Valentine cards/greetings and the symbols associated with the holiday.
-be introduced to the seven elements of art and how those elements tie into the design process.
-understand how are is used as a way to express creativity and feelings.
-compare life today with life in the past using sources from history.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


ART.VA.I.1.3 Recognize and illustrate the elements of art to communicate personal experiences
ART.VA.III.1.5 Discuss why people use art as a creative outlet.
ART.VA.IV.1.1 Identify symbols, trademarks, icons, emblems, and other visual motifs in student’s culture.
ART.VA.II.2.2 Combine the use of elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas.
ART.VA.III.2.2 Recognize that art is created to fulfill personal and/or social needs.
ART.VA.III.2.5 Reflect on how art expresses ideas, feelings, and opinions.
ART.VA.II.3.2 Create a composition using the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas
ART.VA.II.3.4 Combine ideas, symbols, and experiences that express and communicate meaning.
ART.VA.IV.3.1 Examine customs or traditions celebrated by different communities.
ART.VA.IV.3.3 Recognize how the available materials and processes in a particular time or place can influence the art that is created.
ART.VA.III.4.2 Recognize that artwork may serve functional purposes, be purely decorative, or serve multiple purposes.
ART.VA.I.5.3 Incorporate the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas.

3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Social Studies
1 – H2.0.3 Use historical sources to draw possible conclusions about family or school life in the past.
1 – H2.0.4 Compare life today with life in the past using the criteria of family, school, jobs, or communication.