The Top 5 Ways to Fundraise for Your Art Program



As art teachers, we are always looking for a little extra moohla to buy a few extra art supplies!  I feel like no matter what my budget, a few extra dollars can make a big difference in the flexibility I have when choosing student’s art supplies or activities.  Here is the added bonus: Many of these projects my students have used to give back to various charities or our local community which is also a great way to build up art advocacy for your program!

Over the past few months, I’ve shared several ways to help you raise funds for your art room, so you don’t have to reach into your own pocket. Today, all these ideas converge to make your decision on fundraising much simpler as you start the new school year.



Top 5 Ways to Fundraise for you Art Program!


1. Sell Student Artwork Before and After School

Students create simple pieces of artwork to sell to their peers before or after school, and of course a cart works best for this!

2. Screen Print and Sell Your Own T-Shirts

Have your students design & make their own custom creations through screen printing! Follow the step-by-step tutorials to make screen printing a breeze!

3. Host a Silent Auction 

Set up student art work to sell during your school’s next main event! Not only will this help building community support but my students’ donated the proceeds from this event to help out the charity of their choice.

4. Use an External Company to Help Raise Funds

Are you trying to decide what art fundraising company to go with? Whether it be Artsonia vs. Art to Remember, check out this handy guide to help make mine and your decision a little easier when deciding the best fit.

5. Showcase Student Artwork on a Bus 

Ask a business to sponsor your art endeavors.  The cost for Art on a Bus, our school’s annual art show, was sponsored by First National Bank.  When businesses sponsor your art program it can be a great win-win for all parties involved, and this showcase could even turn into a fundraiser in many ways.


What are your fundraising plans for this coming school year?

Any other “grass roots” fundraisers you’d like to add to the list?

Add your ideas in the comments section below, and help us add to the amazing list of fundraisers we’ve already gotten started!


Chelsie Meyer

This article was written by former AOE writer and technology guru Chelsie Meyer.


  • Smilez893

    I just found out about Prang Power. Check it out! After buying certain brand art supplies you send upcs in for free art supplies. I have asked all the teachers in my building to ask their students to buy the brands that will give us points so I’ll see in September how much free stuff I can get!

  • Mrspicasso26

    I teamed up with my music teacher and we host a Pottery Night before each music program held at our school. The kids pre-order bisque (we give them 6 choices) and then come an hour before their program to glaze their bisque with their parents. This has become very popular at our school and we make a fair amount of money to supplement our budgets.
    Denise Pannell

    • MrsPicasso26- Thanks for sharing! It is great that the students have the option to choose from 6 choices.  This gives them a selection and makes it easier to mange.  I love it when the fine arts combine!

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