What is an Art Car?
There are a variety of ways to make an Art Car:
- Some people approach the alteration of their cars cautiously and tentatively, opting to use materials of a temporary nature, such as paper and tape;
- Some are satisfied with the original shape of the car and decide to simply paint it, treating the vehicle as though it were a canvas;
- Some people glue thousands of similar or dissimilar objects to their automobile;
- Some decide to radically change the original structure of the vehicle so that it in effect becomes a moving sculpture; Some use a destructive approach, removing things from the outside of their cars, exposing the inside;
- And others employ a totally radical approach, removing the existing frame and building their car a brand new frame.
Why Would Your Class Make An Art Car?
There are lots of reasons why your class would consider making an art car.
When children create Art Cars:
- They participate in community events (parades) and traditions, and thereby become part of that community. By participating in these community events they also develop a greater sense of pride in themselves, their schools and their immediate community.
- Their concept of the world expands beyond the bounds of their immediate community.
- They learn to concentrate and pay attention to details.
- They learn to have pride in their accomplishments as a group and as individuals.
- They learn to set long term goals and then achieve the satisfaction of reaching those goals.
- They master problem solving skills and develop discipline.
- They discover the value of teamwork.
- They develop a greater understanding of conflict resolution and compromise.
- They learn to appreciate the freedom of expression a project of this nature provides.
- And most importantly, they gain a greater sense of self.
As an educator, you know that when a children develops these skills, they can rule the world, have fewer discipline problems, take pride in themselves and their work and become better students.