Re: Auction Fundraisers
- Thanks Lisa for your wonderful ideas.
There are so many ways to raise money for your programs. Please keep the "Empty Bowl" fundraiser for what is was originally intended - to raise money for the hungry. The Empty Bowl Fundraiser has been around for many years to raise money for the hungry and increase awareness for those in need. I did an Empty bowl project with my sixth graders for many years. When the local food bank stopped serving the soup luncheon, we held our own silent auctions with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. We also had a food drive each year in conjunction with the Empty Bowl project. One year, the students brought in almost a ton (yes, a TON - the food bank weighed it) of food. A group of students stayed after school to sort the cans - green beans with green beans - an so forth. One year, the students helped serve the luncheon at the food bank (that year there was a school-wide emphasis on volunteerism).
For the Empty Bowl project, my students always made two bowls - using different forming techniques and different decorating techniques. They got to choose which bowl to donate and which one to keep. Some parents wanted both bowls, so bid generously on the other one - and often donated money for the one their child was allowed to keep, too.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa wrote:
> One of my schools had a silent auction/tricky tray and asked for some
> artwork. I had classes work on collages where each student made a flower, etc,
> and then we composed it into a garden. One piece was made up of Monarch
> butterflies, there was a kindergarten mural that was done in the style of Lio
> Lionni. Leaves, flowers. fish/sea themes also work because they are pretty
> much guaranteed to be a success.
> The bidding gets a little more interesting when there more people
> involved. Soon after 9/11, I had done a huge piece with kindergarten kids'
> handprints in the shape of an American flag. It was more of a deep burgundy/berry
> color for the red and an indigo blue and received about $450. I think it
> was. A collage of some sort gives everyone an equal opportunity to work on a
> group piece, and still enables you to guide the project along as far as the
> composition, etc. I've also had some classes do some really nice group
> pieces using crayon resist- watercolors painted over crayon or oil pastels
> on watercolor paper in light washes. I usually have everyone have some input
> on the composition, but with the younger students, I will often glue the
> piece together later to avoid any casualties.
> Also, another one of my schools hosted an art auction as a fundraiser.
> The auction house (I think they were based in New York) works with
> different organizations like womans' clubs, etc and brings framed prints for sale,
> and the upside is that they had a pretty loyal following who would attend
> their auctions, and our school made a considerable profit from their
> purchases. Anyway, the auction house told the SCA (like the PTA) that we could
> place 20 student pieces in the auction. I had the teachers vote on the pieces
> to be included and received permission from the parents to use their
> childrens' work, letting them know that they would be for sale in the auction.
> The auctioneer opened the bidding at $5 for each piece. For some reason, he
> got the crowd going on one piece, teasing the father to bid higher, etc,
> and that one went for $55. However, the rest of the pieces were started at $5
> and ended at $5 because people didn't want to bid against the child's
> parent. Watching that nineteen times was just mind numbing boring. The group
> projects definitely inspired a lot more competitive bidding action. :)