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!!