Shh…It’s a Silent Auction!
Who came up with the idea of having a Silent Art Auction?
I challenged my 8th Grade students with a class project called You-in-Society. For the You-in-Society project, students had to create an art project that positively impacted their community by using art.
One way students thought that they could positively impact their community would be to make artwork, sell it, and give the money to a local charity. Since this first event, students have been putting on all sorts of silent art auctions.
Setting a Date
Timing is everything when it comes to hosting a silent art auction. My students and I checked out the school’s calendar to see what big events were coming up, then we hosted the auction right around that event!
We started off with Parent Teacher Conferences. This ideal time worked great for parents to check out the artwork while they waited for their next conference time slot.This past year we have hosted silent art auctions during family fun night, orchestra’s soup supper, and before the Willy Wonka play production.
I love it when the fine arts team up! It makes for a great social event as well.
Organizing the Event
Once we had the date set our next step was to start creating some artwork! Students love the choice based project and I love how motivated they all are to create.
Once they finished their piece they filled out a bidding sheet for their work. The bidding sheet included their name and the title for their art work. I have included a free download of the bidding sheet we used for our silent auction. Simply click the image below, or click right here to grab your copy.
I then sorted their artwork into 2D & 3D piles, with their bidding sheets on top of their work. Once their artwork was created and sorted, it was then time to set up for the main event!
All that was required to set up the silent art auction was a few tables, easels, and pencils. Students volunteered to help set up the artwork, and helped answer any questions that onlookers had. The smell of popcorn wafting in helped to entice bidders as well!
Students have chosen a variety of organizations to donate their silent auction proceeds to, including Relay for Life and Free the Children, which helps develop art schools in third world countries.
So why host a silent art auction? Students want to know that they can make a difference in this world, and this project allows them to know that they can and art can help to make it happen!
It is also nice for students to say someone had purchased their artwork to support a great cause. Community members were very supportive and enjoyed seeing the students’ work!
So, go ahead and change the world – One piece of art at a time!
Have you given back to the community with artwork before? Please share!