This back to school bus directed drawing creates an adorable result that is perfect for the classroom at back to school time.
This directed drawing can be adapted for any primary classroom or completed at home with a few simple materials. You will need white art paper, a pencil, an eraser, a fine black marker or Sharpie pen, watercolor paints, and larger paintbrush. I recommend proper paper meant for painting because it can handle the water and shouldn’t tear the paper if used properly.
When teaching this art lesson to a class I recommend standing front and center and using a large easel and chart paper to draw on. Students can sit at tables with their supplies. I take things slow and draw each step and give each instruction one at a time. I give my students plenty of time to follow along and ask questions. You will have the most success if you model the lesson this way and take your time.
Below are all the steps for the back to school bus directed drawing art lesson.
Place a large white piece of art paper in landscape orientation. Starting by drawing a curved line at the top of the page that comes straight down on both sides to the middle of the page. Draw a curve and straight line down from the side. Repeat on the other side. Do not come too far down the page to leave room for the bumper and wheels. Connect both sides with a line going across.
Draw two straight lines going across. One near the top of the bus and one near the middle. To complete the bumper, draw another line at the bottom and connect with curved lines on the sides.
Draw two large eyes in the center of the top part of the bus. Draw the eyes one at a time so that they can connect. Add a smaller circle inside each eye. Draw a line going across the middle so it connects both sides. Erase any lines that may have been drawn into the eyes. For the window, draw a curved line going up from the middle on both sides and around the top.
Now add the details. Draw a U shape about an inch wide under the bumper on both sides of the bus for the wheels. Draw a few circles for lights on the front of the bus. Add a smile to the front of bus to give it a mouth. Give the bus ears by drawing a curved line on both sides. Write the word SCHOOL along the top of the bus and draw two more circles for lights.
Use a fine point black marker or Sharpie pen to trace all the lines of your school bus directed drawing. Erase the pencil lines with a good white eraser.
I usually complete the activity over two days or periods of time. On day one we complete the drawing and the tracing with a black marker. One day two we paint. If your class hasn’t used watercolour paints before, you should demonstrate how to make proper brush strokes with a paintbrush and the water to paint ratio. I usually use larger paintbrushes instead of the small ones that are normally included with watercolour paint sets.
Use watercolour paints to paint the body of the school bus first, starting in the center and working your way outward.
I used yellow for the main parts of the bus and other fun colours for the details. Bright colours really pop! Use one colour completely before moving on to the next colour.
You could continue to paint the background a different colour or leave it as is. You could also cut the school bus out and glue onto construction or other special paper.
Once everyone completes their back to school bus directed drawing, place them somewhere to dry completely. Don’t make the mistake to hang them or place them upright. Paint and water would drip down onto the pictures. Once dry, I recommend hanging them up or creating a fun bulletin board display for back to school time.
Free Printable Instructions
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