Sometimes I get grand ideas in my head. And instead of just thinking about the ideas and keeping them to myself I tell people about the ideas and the next thing you know I am swimming in the ideas looking for the dang foam float. Yep. But hopefully this idea will pay off LARGE.
Let me back up my long story with this little tid bit for you. Art teachers in our county at the elementary school level are paid for partially by the PTA. Yes, you just read that right. Our PTA has to bust tail to raise money to pay for my salary, and I think the school nurse. May be wrong on that one, but definitely mine. The county pays for X number of hours and the PTA has to make up for the rest to have me there the 30 hours a week I teach. And they have to pay for all the supplies we use up at a rather swift pace. So there's a little background for you and why, oh why I decided to tackle this insane fundraiser idea.
So the idea. Each spring the PTA throws a super fun Spring Fling event. You know the kind....carnival rides, silly games, cotton candy, DJ, cake walk (Oh my favorite), cokes, candy, hair spray the works! It is a family night of total chaotic fun. Alongside the crazy fun for the kiddos the PTA asks local businesses for donations for a silent auction and each classroom is responsible for a theme basket of goodies to silent auction as well. And every year we buy 1-3 of these baskets. Because I know this money goes to the good of the school (it wasn't my salary until this year). We've bought a BBQ basket complete with enough A1 sauce to last me until the year 2020. No lie. One year we bought an awesome craft basket I think we're sitll using to this date. I'm not saying the baskets were all bad, but enough was enough. It was time for a change.
So in January I emailed the president and said I needed to talk to the board about an idea. Most of these moms know me, so they were very open to me coming and throwing my idea into the pot. So here's what I proposed:
1. instead of baskets for each class I wanted to create an original painting with each class, totally 23 paintings.
2. I wanted to use my art work as the inspiration for each of the 23 paintings with each grade level a different theme. We decided as a group that the following would be the class themes: k-nest, 1st- bird cages, 2nd- long flowers, 4rd- whimsical landscapes, 4th-bikes, 5th- trucks, Special Ed-cake
3. I wanted them to be framed in the salvage frames
4. I wanted the PTA to buy the frames and ask the students for a small donation to defer the costs of these
5. I wanted to get the images up on the school website at least 3 weeks ahead to get parents excited about this and get them to the event
6. I wanted the PTA to get the Square app so we could take credit cards
7. I wanted to do all this during my regular art time slots with the kids
8. I wanted to be totally done by Spring Break.
9. I wanted to make lots and lots of money
10. I wanted them to trust me that I could indeed get #1-9 done exactly as planned.
And well, they loved the idea!! So Phillip made the frames, and I picked them up as seen here:
Once the black was dry I set out drawing the 23 canvases. It was effortless getting these ideas out and onto the wood canvas. I also started talking to the kids about the upcoming project and got them very excited!!
It took 2 weeks to finish all the paintings....I see the classes 3 times in a two week period. (Except K and pre-K. I did have to go to them during my planning periods. I don't teach those grades.) We set up a table in the back for canvas work and while the rest of the class worked quietly on another project I called about 3 kids at a time back to work with me. And although not one person did more than the other they all felt a part of the process.