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"Wisdom" auction project collage on Canvas

Classroom Auction Projects

School auc­tions are pop­ping up every­where, and class­room auc­tion projects are an ideal way to get stu­dents involved! With all the fund­ing cuts in edu­ca­tion these days, pro­grams like art and music are forced to com­pete for an increas­ingly small share of their school’s bud­get.… if they make it into the bud­get at all. In many schools, […]

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Colorful Catalogs for Collage

Save Your Catalogs!

Cat­a­logs of all kinds can be a great resource for col­lage projects and more. Here are two of my favorites, which I’m always happy to find in my mail­box!  I save them for their pages full of color, tex­ture, and pat­tern… per­fect for my Fundraiser House Mag­nets, and any project where you need a cheap (free!) […]

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4th Grade Masterpiece Mosaic of "Goldfish" by Henri Matisse

Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K — 8

These col­or­ful projects, which I call “Mas­ter­piece Mosaics”, were a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort by my stu­dents in grades K through mid­dle school. Each grade level cre­ated their own copy of a famous paint­ing — six mas­ter­pieces in all, on dis­play now through Christ­mas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […]

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House Magnet Fundraiser

My stu­dents in grades K-7 recently raised over $2,000 using their artis­tic skills to ben­e­fit our local food bank!  We adapted this “Houses for Haiti” project (orig­i­nally inspired by “Haiti Houses”) to cre­ate charm­ing mag­nets which we sold for $5 each at our church one Sun­day, and we donated all the pro­ceeds to Sec­ond Har­vest Food […]

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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amaz­ing teach­ers in Florida came up with a cre­ative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earth­quake.  After dis­cov­er­ing “Haiti Houses” on the inter­net, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my ver­sion of this project. Visit to see how much money has been […]

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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While research­ing new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my stu­dents.… “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teach­ers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for find­ing cre­ative les­son ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh him­self would be proud of this copy of his “Café Ter­race” paint­ing, cre­ated by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auc­tion. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auc­tion to raise money for spe­cial pro­grams. While many valu­able items are donated to be auc­tioned off, the items that […]

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