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Re: [teacherartexchange] The Amazing Art Bus...


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 10 2007 - 08:08:11 PDT

Will you be parked at each school for the day?
If so perhaps you could store water in jugs for
painting. Dump the old in a bucket system. If you had
a cart with wheels you could transport it back and
forth to a custodian room? I know this sounds like a
lot of work, but for small watercolors, or tempera
painting probably will work. Perhaps on dry days you
could work out a clothes line system outside the
bus..Or students carry wet paintings to dry back at
their classroom in the hall on newspaper. It will be
a challenge. But I am amazed at how quickly art
teachers come up with inventive solutions.

I store my paints as a set in 2oz plastic cups with
lids. I place them on a student foam meal tray and
slip them in a ziplock bag. They stack and store
conveniently in a plastic tub,or cardboard box. I have
2-4 students share the tray. All kinds of methods will
come to mind as you start working in your space.
Best to you!
susan in Ohio

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> -----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
> the
> 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
> for
> that!?>>
> ?
> 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
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