Thursday, April 15, 2010

Auction Projects

Side note - The computer dr. has called and supposedly my laptop is ready for pick-up. The problem seems to be a small candy wrapper got sucked up into the fan. Who in the world would be eating candy while using my prescious laptop???? I can't even imagine!!! (Really, no need to answer that as I usually have a pile of wrappers of some type lying beside me. I am guessing it was probably one of the little Hershey Kiss "flags"! OOPS!) Looking forward to having "Ruby" back this afternoon!

School auction begins TODAY!!! Traditionally, most classes do an art project that will be available for bidding in the auction And would you like to know when I finally finished my contributions? Oh yeah, last night at 10:00 or so. Technically I am not even finished because the bench still needs sealing but I have 2 weeks until bidding is over, so I have time for that part still. Really, I have known about this since September and had a good plan by January/February. Why in the world do I need to push it to the last minute? Probably the same reasoning I didn't finally push the SEND button on TurboTax until noon yesterday!!!

It is always a bit tricky to come up with a good project. I try really hard to do something that the students can truely contribute to and can highlight their creative side. But you also need to come up with something that a person would want to buy and keep in their home. So it is often a fine line between student art and practical items. In the end, I try and make something that I would be happy buying back and putting in my home. It may be a bit scary how many art auction projects we have in our home 8 years from now! There were some great projects done by classes this year. Quilts, blankets to donate to a shelter, fantastic framed art pieces and one of my FAVORITES: this beautiful mosaic table made by my buddy Karin. Gorgeous isn't it??
Okay, here are my projects:

For Madison's class we made this adorable butterfly bench. Tom was kind enough to build it from the plans I found online and get it primed for me. The plans were extremely simple and I think it was hard for him not to jazz them up a bit, but I really wanted the simplicity of this style to let the student art be the main focus. The students did all the background painting with sponges. In art class we sketched and colored butterflies onto paper. I then color copied them, cut them out and decoupaged them onto the bench. This technique ensured it was truely the students' artwork, while still giving me a bit of conrol over size, location and mess-ups. Having them paint butterflies directly onto the bench seemed a bit more scary and permanent. They also painted flowers on the bench for a final touch. I think it turned out really nice and I all ready have the perfect place picked out in the yard to put it! Of course, last year someone actually outbid me on the project so we will see if there is any other interest. Fingers crossed it isn't a total flop!!I am also the art docent for the afternoon kindergarten class since there wasn't a class parent who could do it. So I did an auction project for that class too. I will readily admit I wasn't as willing to put in the time, effort or money into a project for a class that my chid isn't in. But I still think we came up with an fun project that highlights each students' individual art work. And it was a nice easy project.

Our auction is a bit different than many schools that do a live auction event. Ours is all done E-Bay style on-line. So bidding lasts for 2 weeks and allows a greater number of families to participate. Fingers are crossed for a great 2 weeks of bidding for a fabulous cause. The PTA does a ton to help fund programs at the school along with other purchases, volunteer support/organiztion and more. And with MORE budget cuts by the district our contributions are even more important than ever. Of course, I have a bit more vested interest since I was just voted PTA president. EGADS what was I thinking??? But I will save that freak out for another post!!

If you are reading this and at all interested in bidding on our auction to help support our school, let me know and I can give you the link. There are tons of gift cards to restaraunts (Red Robin, Panda Express, Mexican.....) along with lots more great items. Often times you can find something that you would be spending the money on anyways and you can support our school while you do it! BONUS!!! Now I must go and start bidding away on the items I want!!


Anonymous said...

OK, so send us the link. So the sales pitch for the other stuff was so that no-one would bid on 'your' bench???? Got it!! Peggy

Lisa said...

Oh no, I want people to bid on the bench!! It would be lame to see it sell for $15. I was more than happy to be out bid last year and see it sell for $200!!

Heather said...

Super cute projects and congratulations on President!

katy said...

oh, Lisa! The school is soo lucky to have you as president! You are amazing. I love the bench, such a great method of using kid work while retaining some control :) You must let us know how much it goes for!

Karin Deti said...

thanks for the wonderful feedback on our table Lisa! You're sweet!

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