Monday, October 31, 2011

Art Auction - (5th)

Students learned about Andy Warhol and his style of repeating images. Using the grid technique  students drew famous cartoon characters on 6 x 9 paper, then traced the drawing on styrofoam. We printed with printing inks to make many copies. The best copy was mounted and turned in for a grade, and then sold in the classroom auction at the end of the school year.

So how did the students buy these prints? 

All during the year 5th grade students earn "ART" money for good learning behaviors seen below:  
1) Following Instructions Right Away
2) Staying on Task
3) Raising hand for getting teacher's attention
4) Good listening skills
5) Working well with others

Each 9 week quarter I made sure to pass out 2-3 "ART" money bills  to every student. This guaranteed that I would positively praise all my students - individually every quarter. Which is vital with 600 students in my program. (I do different versions of this praise system with every grade, except for the Kindergarteners.) 
The "ART" money is worth one million dollars. Prior to the Art Auction the excited students make a table tent with their millionaire name on it such as: Mr. Bill, Princess Green, Dr. Moneybuck, President So & So, Richie Rich... Then I go around the room introducing each millionaire. Its fun.

Some bidding rules are explained and reminders to be respectful and thoughtful of the artwork made by fellow students.  Two student volunteers are needed - a banker and an appraiser.  It has worked best with me as the auctioneer, keeping structure to the game.

I show one print at a time. The students raise hands to call out their bid when I point to them. The highest bidder pays the banker. The appraiser records the amount the art sold for on the back of the actual print, and the bidder owns the print.  Every print is sold. For the last print auctioned, the students may combine their millions on. It becomes a bit loud, but great fun. At the end of the game all the money is returned to me for next year's auction.

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