A class of Pyes Pa School pupils is fundraising in a unique way by putting the kids' own artwork under the hammer.
Room 7 teacher Brendon Oats says the plan is to use the money raised for an end of year trip – either surfing or indoor rock-climbing, depending on the weather.
“There are 31 students with 31 pieces of art on offer,” he says. “All of the art is based around the work of Banksy and Andy Warhol. The kids have really taken ownership of their paintings and working towards this goal.”
Principal Blake Carlin says he was initially approached by Brendon for help to get the canvases on which the pupils have done their paintings.
“Brendon came to me and asked for some money to fund this art project. Being a fiscally-minded principal, I sold some chocolates donated from Tauranga Crossing to help go towards the canvases, which came at a discount from Warehouse Stationery.
“Everyone pitched in and worked together to bring it to fruition.”
The auction, with real-life auctioneer Brendon Weatherley, will be in the Pyes Pa School Hall on Wednesday, September 27, with doors opening at 5.30pm.
“How long it goes for will depend on how serious the bidding gets!” laughs Brendon.