Priceless Student Artwork Ideas

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If your organization benefits children, then you definitely need to include children’s art projects in your fundraising auction! They are the kind of item that can really pull at those heartstrings, and they have the potential to bring in big money compared to their actual cost. We especially love that these items can be created with a huge age range of students—from pre-school through high school and above. The possibilities are endless, but we’ve picked out a few of our favorites. Here are a couple of amazing ideas:

The project below was painted by 4 and 5 year old students. A parent volunteer painted a tree trunk and branches on a bisque pottery tray and the children used their fingerprints to give it leaves. They also put their fingerprints around the edges and then the parent turned them into flowers and bugs before it was fired. What I love about this project is that it is functional and isn’t too crafty.

UltimateDonations.org: Student Art Projects for Any Age
[photo credit: Jaime Goodrich]
The next project was put together by kindergarten students. Each child painted a peg-person for this arc themed item, which was paired with everyone’s favorite stuffed toys. The item was a hit since it was personal, useful, was filled with toys that all the kids wanted, and happened to be timed perfectly with the 2014’s theatrical release of Noah.

UltimateDonations.org: Student Art Projects for Any Age
[photo credit: Jaime Goodrich]
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[photo credit: http://bearcreekauction.org/class-projects/]
Art pieces are a great option for student projects. For the art piece below first graders chose their favorite activity to capture in silhouette, by a parent photographer. The class collaborated to write a Seussical quote in their own handwriting to contribute to the finished piece. Then the images and saying were arranged into this whimsical canvas art.

Art quilts are very popular auction items, and can be a great way to get the larger community involved as well. This particular one was for a Kentucky Derby themed auction. Middle school students drew pictures which were then printed directly onto fabric squares. Parents, grandparents, and friends of the school then took the squares and embellished and embroidered them to enhance the artwork before having it made into a quilt by another parent volunteer.

UltimateDonations.org: Student Art Projects for Any Age
[photo credit: Jaime Goodrich]
The artwork concept below is great for older children, even through high school. Based on Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night”, and inspired by the school’s Seattle Skyline, each artist used their own vision and creativity to paint a 4″x 4″ canvas block. The thirty miniature masterpieces have been mounted into a frame to create a community vision of Seattle by night. This would be a great project to work on with an art teacher, tying it into the curriculum.

UltimateDonations.org: Student Art Projects for Any Age
[photo credit: http://bearcreekauction.org/class-projects/]
There are so many options when it comes to student artwork. Just be sure to consider the projects you choose. Try to pick things that would be appealing to many people and are somewhat unique. Toy boxes with hand prints are cute, but if all the children in the class already have toy boxes at home the item may not be as desirable as you would have thought.

Check out more Student Art Projects on our Pinterest Board!

Jaime
Media and Marketing at Ultimate Donations
Jaime is the conceptual mastermind behind UltimateDonations.org, a website that helps nonprofits find and request product donations for fundraising events. When she is not helping nonprofit events to reach their fullest potential, she's spending time with her two adorable girls, volunteering within her local community, and sneaking leftover Halloween candy when no one is looking.