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38. Party Bus! – KidsART A

38. Party Bus! – KidsART A

COURSE
KidsART (year A)
76 Weekly lessons/2 school years
LENGTH 
1 hour & 30 minutes
or two 45-minute lessons
AGES
Grades 1-2
DATE
Week of May 22 – 26
2017

L E S S O N P L A N

Overview: For our final lesson of Year A, we’ll be making and decorating a big box party bus! It’s great fun and students learn to work together. Then everyone gets to redesign their school bus, and invent a mobile house bus for the summer.

T E A C H T O O L S Everything you need to get your classroom ready is in the TEACHTOOLS section, below the LESSONPLAN. This button jumps right to it. Learn the objectives and focus of each lesson, and print a prep-page PDF, including checklists and an “at a glance” outline of the lesson.

Tap any underlined words for a pop-up definition or mini-lesson. On some tablets, you may need to tap/pause/tap again to dismiss these.

That’s all you need to know. Use your tablet or smartphone, and just start teaching!

 Lesson at a Glance
1. Warmup 10 Minutes – Artists’ Choice
2. Build a Bus 10 min – Create a play bus
3. Paint it 22 min – Classroom colors the bus
4. Cleanup 3 min – Clean up and wash hands
B R E A K – If dividing into two lessons.
5. Bus Party! 15 min – Have a party in the bus
6. Design a Bus 15 min – Draw a bus from PDF
7. House Bus 14 min – Create inside of bus
8. Cleanup 1 min – Everyone helps

STEP 1. Warmup

Students begin with Artists’ Choice using markers.

10 Minutes Tap the timer buttons to open a countdown in a new tab.

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11″ x 17″ copy paper
  • 4B pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers
  • Paper towels

1. Greet & Seat

Always try to greet students as they come in and kneel down when you can, so that you are on their level.

2. Artists’ Choice

Encourage students to work with one piece of paper for a while. If someone uses the phrase, “free draw”, explain that artists’ choice is something only artists can do, while free-draw is something anyone can do. You want to use the phrase to elevate the students’ expectations of their work.

Everyone should take their time with the work and make a finished piece of art. Limiting the paper can also help kids focus on the work. If someone finishes in super-fast time, ask them what more they can do to the existing paper. Ask again several times – unless they appear overly frustrated; then you can allow them to move on to a new work.

3. Display Pinboard

Show students these fun painted busses while they work.

Painted Bus

Tap the circle graphic to open the ArtSquish Pin Board for examples of Air Shapes to display (may open the Pinterest app on iOS devices).

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STEP 2. Build a Bus

Students will build a bus using their chairs.

10 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Masking or painter’s tape / Optional: duct tape
  • Scissors – for teachers only
  • Long piece of white or colored butcher roll paper – Folded in half long-ways (a 12′ x 4′ sheet would become 12′ x 2′)
  • Optional: 10 or 12′ long 1″ x 2″ lumber or furring strip.

1. Chairs in a Line

Have the kids place all of their chairs in a line. Small classes can do single chairs, and larger classes can have 2 chairs side by side, or 2 lines together. Move tables if needed so you have room to access the chairs on both sides.

2. Tape the paper

With the folded edge on top, tape the paper to the sides of the chairs so that it touches the floor and becomes the side of the bus. Use just enough tape at this stage, because you’ll be removing the paper to cover it with artwork.

Optional: Use the long piece of wood and attach the wood to the chairs first, using duct tape or packing tape. Make sure you wrap the duct tape all the way around the wood, because duct tape won’t stick very well to it. Then attach to the two end-most chairs pressing the tape just enough to hold for a minute so the kids can see how it looks.

It’s easier to attach the wood to the backs of two end chairs that are turned sideways to the direction of the “bus”. If the weight pulls the chairs over, place some books in the seats.

3. Load Up!

Make sure students are very careful sitting in their “bus”. The paper can tear if they move their chairs. Use the option of the wood to prevent this.

4. Unload

Everyone gets off the bus. Remove the paper from the chairs and set it on tables or the floor.

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STEP 3. Paint It

Students will Decorate their bus with artwork.

22 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Markers
  • Oil pastels
  • Paper towels

1. This is Art

Remind your class that this is still artwork, not just silly play. Artists love to paint things! Also watch for humor and explain that whatever they draw or paint must be something their parents will enjoy seeing.

2. Have Fun

Let students enjoy and express themselves.

T I P: You might wonder why we’re not using paint. 1) It’s hard to move the wet painting and re-tape it to the chairs. 2) It will get on the students clothes when they bump against it. Paint looks great though, and if you have time to let it dry before making the bus, it can be fun alternative.
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STEP 4. Cleanup

Everyone helps clean up and washes their hands while the bus artwork is attached.

3 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Paper towels

1. Wash hands

Clean up and wash hands.

2. Put Away Materials

3. Attach the artwork

Place the art back on the chairs using the same tape. Add more tape as needed.

B R E A K – This is the end of part one, if you’re dividing into two lessons.
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STEP 5. Bus Party!

Students will have a fun party to celebrate.

15 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Snacks and drinks, if having an end of the year party

1. Party!

 If you’re having an end of year celebration, have the snacks and drinks now. Finish the food before moving back into artwork. If your bus is too small to fit everyone, take turns “riding the bus”. You can have different groups ride at one time, such as girls, boys, Names that begin with A to M, etc.

Help students take care getting “into” and “out of” the bus.

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STEP 6. Design a Bus

Students draw and design a bus from PDF reference.

15 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • PDF reference
  • Pencil and erasers
  • Markers
  • Oil Pastels
  • Blender sticks
  • Paper towels

1. Provide printout

Use the print as reference. It can be used for tracing or just let the students each have one to color on directly.

T I P: Make it a special challenge to draw the bus instead of trace or color on the reference.

P R I N T
Bus Print – 1 page

Tap the image to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Print enough so each student gets one of their own.

2. Add Artwork

Students draw and design their bus any way they like.

3. Sign Name

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STEP 7. House Bus

Students will draw the inside of a Summer touring bus.

14 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11 x 17″ copy paper
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Markers

1. Imagine & Visualize

“Imagine that you can design and build a bus any way you like. It will be your Summer tour bus and you live in it like a house. How would you design that?

What fun rooms and inventions can you make that would make your house bus more fun to live in?”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher

2. Draw Really Big!

3. Encourage Creative Thinking

Move around the room, asking permission to help and encouraging your students.

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STEP 8. Cleanup

Everyone Helps.

1 Minutes

1. Clean up checklist:

 Super wash brushes

• Empty water containers

• Put art supplies away (sop up runny paint before disposing of palette paper)

• Wipe tables & clean up trash

• Remove smocks

• Collect &/or distribute artwork – NAMES

• Check for personal items on tables and floors

2. Take photos of artwork!

3. Make sure you see the kids connect with parents and tell them about the class if you can!

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G A L L E R Y

Student Work • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

T E A C H T O O L S

Everything you need to make your lesson work

  1. Practice and improvement in visualization and working together
  2. Understanding that art can be fun
  3. Accomplishment from making lots of art and working with others
  4. Fulfillment in inventing their own designs

Be on the lookout for

Battles for dominance – When you have everyone working on one project, leaders and controllers emerge, and sometimes you see passive-aggressive retaliators and some light artistic bullying. For instance pushing someone away or scribbling on other’s work to mess it up. Be aware, and use the “be nice” rule often. Try not to shame those who do not respect other’s, but praise those who do and quietly remind the ones who do not have as much self-control.

• Collaboration – Sometimes kids like big new words. It just means working with other artists on one project together. It also means no one person gets their own way. Everyone must agree on things like color schemes.

Tip of the day: Be careful if oil pastels are used for the bus decoration. Oil pastels can get on clothing.
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F O C U S

Each bar represents how much of the lesson involves that kind of training.
Insights for the brain – Techniques for the hand – Expression for the heart

Insights
Techniques
Expression

P R E P A R A T I O N

Print your Prep-Page

Tap the circle graphic to open the ArtSquish Prep-Page PDF in a new window.  – includes the Checklist, Roomprep, and a Lesson-at-a-glance overview.

R O O M P R E P :

Have PDF printouts ready and butcher paper cut to size. Have party ready and enjoy!

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11 x 17 copy paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Oil pastels
  • Blenders (stumps)
  • Paper towels
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Scissors – for teachers only
  • Long piece of white or colored butcher paper
  • Markers
  • Bus PDF
  • Snacks and drinks, if having an end of the year party
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P R E V I E W

That’s all for this year. We begin again in August.

Next Summer we hope to have our camps and workshops available. This summer you can either…

  1. Drop your subscription in June and July and then re-sign up in August
  2. Wait for us to reimburse you for the 2 months like we did last year

I N F O R M

Use this button to view our parent blog. Share the link: http://parentart.org so your student’s parents can read about the lesson each week.

About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children's books with over 5 million in print worldwide. See his paintings at http://dennasd.com

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