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Re: [teacherartexchange] Art Bus Help


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 10 2007 - 07:13:02 PDT

I would look at how those on carts organize - I have my organizational tips
on my website from when I taught on a cart. It is possible to do whatever
you want to when you are in a small space, I would just limit the 3-D work.
Not knowing the full scope of the "work stations" it is hard to visualize.
Obviously, since you are going to be moving your classroom from school to
school you will have the additional challenge of making sure that everything
is secure - my first thought is shelving with barriers to keep things from
sliding off. For visuals (I'm assuming you'll not be able to cover the
windows - or will you???) I would have an easel that can be set up & laid
down easily. If you paint with watercolors or tempera the paint dries
quickly enough that the paintings can be taken with them. I don't have a
sink either, so I use watercups with lids - when painting start with yellow
& work your way darker. Once the water is dirty that's it. I rinse & refill
the watercups myself, & only one group paints at a time until I get the cups
rinsed. As for lessons, I have a ton of lessons on my site - mostly
elementary. Some of them are special needs lessons that I used in my regular
classrom because they are good lessons all around (op-art spinners were
suggested for autistic children). Our school buses all have large storage
compartments underneath - will these be yours as well? Personally - I am
thinking you are going to have an awesome experience! Yes, there are going
to be some challenges, but some great PR opportunities as well. If you can't
paint the bus (what a great project!!!) then maybe you can hang student art
so the public can see it as you drive from one school to the next. Are you
going to have to have a Class C liscense or whatever the requirement is for
your state, or is someone else going to drive?
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

> I am trying to begin lesson planning but I don't know where to start with
> lower elementary or special needs kids in the first place and now the
> added
> challenge of the restrictions of the bus, I am at a true loss. Is there
> anyone who can offer some suggestions about space management or Elementary
> and Special Needs curriculum or lessons in such a sparse setting with so
> little face time with the kids?

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