Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Find Lesson Plans on! GettyGames

[teacherartexchange] The Amazing Art Bus...


Date: Tue Jul 10 2007 - 06:16:10 PDT

-----Original Message-----
From: Amber Ritchie

I have been unable to contact my supervisor since I found out that
there are
only 14 work stations (or that there is no storage), but she approved
design of the bus insides, so she must be aware. I know that the older
classes have more than 14 students so I can only pray she has a plan

Wow, Amber. Both scary and intriguing! What if the work stations
actually were mini studio centers? A different drawing medium in each
for the first visit...little menus of resources/directions in week half college, half drawing, students could express a
preference...? Next week five simple construction, five collage, four
drawing...and so on? And stay away from wet media for awhile.... I may
not have a good grasp of the size or configuration of "work station" so
this may be off base...but unfinished work would be stored in student
classrooms--they could bring it out to the mobile studio when you
arrive (that will be necessary no matter how you set this up) If the
bus could be set up like a tiny studio with VERY basic entry level
supplies, then students with a huge ability range could access it as
they were able and interested. It does not sound like your variety of
schools would support a one size fits all curriculum...Wouldn't it be
cool to get permission for oldest kids to enamel paint the outside of
the bus, a la Woodstock/hippie? (I know, unlikely)
I remember being a kid in the early 1950's and a Bookmobile came to my
school: the kids were always so excited, it was such a cool experience,
better than the ice cream truck! If you pull this off, you should
document it: make art education history!

keep us posted
kathy douglas
k-3 in massachusetts, retired
AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free
from AOL at

To unsubscribe go to