Gary Munchousen of Havana, Florida, asks, “How do you manage to make money from selling student artworks? Is it alright to do that?”
Gary, by coincidence this month’s Creative Classrooms article is about fundraising for your art program! To answer your question, yes, it is legal to sell student artworks if:
The student and their parents give permission (keep signed documents)
The funds are used directly to benefit the students and/or art classrooms and supplies. The purpose must be delineated in the paperwork.
Your school administrators must have full knowledge of what you plan and have checked with all district fundraising policies.
Some districts, schools, and/or states require proof of the use of the funds and some require the funds go directly to the student themselves. Make sure to use the correct forms and keep a copy of all documents.
For more information, read our Creative Classrooms article on Fundraising for Your Art Room in this month’s issue.