User-friendly guide on drawing a school bus

  1. Draw the top half of the bus.
  2. Add the bottom half of the bus.
  3. Draw two wheels and the ground line.
  4. Erase the lines inside the wheel and add fender lines.
  5. Draw the hub caps and the windows.
  6. Add a front bumper and stripe on the side.
  7. Draw a background.
  8. Add a sky with clouds.
  9. Trace the drawing with a marker and color with crayons.

Easy How to Draw a School Bus Tutorial and School Bus Coloring Page

Drawing of a School Bus

Learning about different forms of transportation? Then learning how to draw a school bus might come in handy. This one shows students how to draw the long yellow body with the right proportion, complete with a row of windows.

Encourage your students to customize this drawing to their own particular interests. For instance, the black stripe could be fatter so that their school name fits inside. Or those empty windows could be filled cute faces of children happy to go back to school again. OR the background could be some exotic location they would love have for a field trip.

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How to Draw a School Bus

Learn how to draw a great looking School Bus with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect School Bus.

Complete School Bus drawing

Complete School Bus drawing

The need for school buses first arose in the 1800s. For the first time in history, many children attended small or one-room schools, rather than being educated by their parents at home.

When many children lived too far away to walk to the school, the solution was a “kid hack” – a horse drawn carriage that picked up the children.

By the year 1900, the first motorized school buses came into use. In the years to come, the school bus evolved into the familiar yellow bus known today.

In fact, in 1939, the color yellow was adopted for school buses in North America because both the color itself and the black lettering against it were easy to see in the partial darkness of early morning and late winter evenings.

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In popular culture, one of the most famous school bus characters is the Magic School Bus. This bus sports a face, has its own personality, and the ability to transform itself – and Mrs. Frizzle’s class of children – into many different things in order to embark on learning adventures.

Bus has been a rocket ship, a frog, and a blood cell, to name a few.

​Would you like to draw a big yellow school bus? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, an eraser, and perhaps some crayons or similar tools.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Car, Monster Truck, and Truck.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ a​ ​School Bus

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How to Draw a Great Looking School Bus for Kids, Beginners, and Adults – Step 1

How to Draw a School Bus Step 01

1.​ ​​Begin by drawing a long, horizontal rectangle. On one end, draw the short side at a diagonal angle. This rectangle will form the bus’s windows, and the diagonal side will comprise the front windshield.

Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 2

How to Draw a School Bus Step 02

2. ​​​​​From the bottom corner of the windshield, extend a slanted, straight line. Draw another, shorter line downward. This forms the hood and front of the school bus. Next, draw a straight, horizontal line from the front of the bus, extending past the windows. This outlines the bottom of the vehicle.

Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 3

How to Draw a School Bus Step 03

3.​ ​Draw a straight line parallel to the top of the windows. Then, connect this line to the bottom of the bus using another straight line. Curve the corners where these lines meet and where the line attaches to the windows. You have now enclosed the outline of the bus.

Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 4

How to Draw a School Bus Step 04

4. ​​​​​Next, you will outline the bottom of the bus, including bumpers and wheel wells. Starting from the front, draw a straight line down and another parallel to the bottom of the bus. Next, attach a semicircle to form the wheel well, and another straight line. Then, draw another semicircle and straight line. Connect this to the back of the bus with a curved line.


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Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 5

How to Draw a School Bus Step 05

5.​​ ​​​​​​Erase guide lines from the wheel wells.

Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 6

How to Draw a School Bus Step 06

6.​ ​In each wheel well, draw a circle within a circle. This forms the tire and hubcap. To form the ground, draw a straight line beneath the wheels. Then draw additional straight lines to add detail to the ground.

Easy School Bus Drawing – Step 7

How to Draw a School Bus Step 07

7. ​​​​Draw parallel straight lines along the side of the bus. For the back tail light, enclose a small rectangle. Use a rounded rectangle for the headlights, and detail it with horizontal lines. Erase guide lines as necessary.


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Add More Details to Your School Bus Picture – Step 8

How to Draw a School Bus Step 08

8.​​​ ​​​​Detail the bus by drawing straight lines near the front wheel. Then, draw straight, vertical lines to separate the windows. Draw a set of diagonal straight lines on each window to indicate a reflection.

Complete the Outline of Your School Bus Drawing – Step 9

How to Draw a School Bus Step 09

9.​​ ​Write the words “SCHOOL BUS” on the side of the bus.

Color Your School Bus Drawing

How to Draw a School Bus Step 10

10.​​​​​ ​​​​​​Color your school bus. Most school buses are bright yellow, but at times they are other colors, such as a school’s official colors.

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For more great Back to School drawing tutorials, see the 39 Simple Back to School Drawing Ideas post.

Easy, step by step School Bus drawing tutorial

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