More Student Art… Auction Crunch Week

Wheww!  It is almost done!  The school auction is the 22nd, so things are wrapping up quickly now.

I worked what felt like a 20 hour work week…. it was exhausting!  I am sort of joking; sort of not.  I am out of practice teaching and the 4-ish hours daily that I have been in the classroom have been crazy tiring to me.  I can’t believe that I used to do this 8 hours a day.  How did I do that?  Now I come home needing a beer and to put my feet up, totally helpless to come up with a dinner plan or take care of kids.  Kids?  What kids?

On the other hand, auction art items are really rolling in.  The plans that I so tentatively launched in September are coming to fruition.  It feels pretty damn good.  For many of the pieces that I have shared thus far, I was the lead artist, but now the projects that I created but passed off to others are coming in.  It’s really cool to see how people interpreted my ideas.  Most of them are much better!  I had a fantastic team of volunteers who really made each project their own.  Wow, I am grateful!

Here is what my friend Pam did with the other 5th grade class owls project:


And what a couple neighbors did with the 4th grade “What We Believe In” project:


That is self-portraits mounted over an actual photograph of the playground.  How clever is that?  And she ran out of acrylic varnish and went to buy some (totally expensive stuff) but hers is way better than mine!  Her colors pop a lot more.  I’m sort of jealous of her acrylic!

Here is Zephyr’s class (2nd Grade) “Kids looking out the window”.  I don’t love the school house look, (I envisioned a Sesame Street style brownstone apartment building with kids looking out windows towards each other), but it is sort of cool as it was laser cut out of wood.  You can’t tell in the picture, but it is pretty awesome.  And the volunteer who did this was very responsible and put a ton of time into it.  And her execution and craftsmanship are impeccable.IMG_7934

Here was a pleasant surprise!  1st Graders doing Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  It is tissue paper on plywood.  Pretty awesome, right?  Something about 1st grade really captures the look of Van Gogh.  I did have to talk the woman doing the program down from re-naming the pieces something more clever.  She called it “Some Flowers”.  Get it?  Get it?  Nope.  I didn’t either.  Some flowers?  Sun Flowers?  Yeah, I don’t think it

Here is the ceramic quilt blocks all mounted in their lovely wooden frame.  Go kinder!  Because each piece was so small, the kids didn’t really remember doing the project.  It was sort of meaningless to them at the time, but the total result is pretty great.  You don’t realize it, but you just made beautiful art!


Most rewarding has been the 6th grade Art Pole project.  I don’t have photos of the project yet, because we are still building it, but it should look something like one of these:



I was in classrooms the last few weeks desperately trying to put this project together in the 11th hour.  After snow day chaos, a late firing and trying to deliver tiles to kids to glaze that were still 200 degrees (“Just don’t TOUCH anything yet!”) everything came together.  I dropped all the fired tiles off at the builder on Friday.  I’ll get a photo up as soon as I can.  Here are some of the kids glazing away with their lovely teacher, Ms Caldwell.IMG_7948

And Ms Ponz’s class:IMG_7938

IMG_79426th grade was super interesting as it is where Francis will be next year.  I’m hopeful.  Those kids were pretty nice to each other and loved doing the project.  It is rewarding working with kids AND making something beautiful.  More photos soon!

3 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Maria B.

    Wow, terrific projects! I love the Van Gogh. Will you get a breather at all, Ingrid?

    February 17th, 2014

  2. Anne

    These look great! I hope they make lots of money!

    February 18th, 2014

  3. Wendy

    so amazing! Hope the auction went well!

    February 19th, 2014

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