SPRINGER—For a third consecutive year parents and community members will be able to purchase handmade art to support art in Springer Public Schools.
Springer will welcome guests for its 3rd Annual Art Auction tonight at 6 p.m. in the Springer Cafeteria. Auction pieces created by seventh to 12th graders and silent auction pieces created by third through sixth graders will be available for bidding. Table center pieces and a cookie buffet will also be available.
The response to the auction is typically strong, with an average of $2,500 being collected by the selling of the artworks. The artworks are created by students, who are given creative license to expand upon their imaginations and visions to create unique artworks.
“Art class allows students to express themselves in a positive and creative manner,” Dottie Parsons, Springer art teacher, said. “Art class is important to students because it is a place where they can create something of their own and learn at the same time.”
Parsons said art class is important because art not only encourages creativity and exploration, but problem solving. Art class gives students the challenge of establishing a vision and then applying that vision to a visual medium, whether it be pottery, paintings or photography. Once the artworks are completed, they are a physical representation and embodiment of a student’s handwork and serve as a constant reminder of their abilities and skills. Parsons said the auction experience for students only enhances their experience of seeing their visions come to life.
“The students walk up on stage and hold their artwork because they are proud of what they created,” she said. “When the highest bidder wins their artwork, their faces are full of surprise and that is priceless.”
The artworks that will be available aren’t the conventional pieces that come to mind when thinking of art class. Parsons said a variety of pottery, sculptures and unique pieces will be available, with a large portion of the pieces being created by the older art students.
Beyond taking home a one-of-a-kind artwork, buyers will help fund the art classes that cultivate the creativity and imaginations on display. Parsons said the auction plays a large role in the classes ability to exist, with parental and community support directly affecting funding aspects of the class.
“The auction is the only fundraiser for our art class,” Parsons said. “Without it, we would not be able to create as much as we do. Since we have been having an art auction every year, I am able to get bigger canvases for our students, more clay to produce pottery, and enough paint to go around.”
Parsons said other art teachers have asked about Springer’s ability to fund the art program and Parsons has encouraged them to consider having an art auction of their own. With art budgets being an easy, and usually the first, target of budget slices, art teachers have had to get creative in finding ways to purchase supplies.
“During this time of budget cuts, it especially has been a benefit to have a self-supporting classroom,” Parson said. “Students sell their artwork so during the following year they can learn new art techniques and continue building their creative abilities.”