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From: Bunki Kramer (bkramer_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Apr 12 2004 - 09:42:53 PDT

from: Bunki Kramer (
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, CA 94526

>From: Maggie White <>
> is: LAYERS.
> clipboard and writing implements
> cameras
> stick-on mailing labels
> tote bag and a poster tube,scissors and packing tape.
> Paper clips and a few file folders

To Maggie's list I'd like to add...
- Pack'll be bringin' a lot more home than you think.
- Wear each outfit at least one will notice and you save packing
- Wear stuff at workshops you don't care will be painted gets messy.
- Only take the free stuff at vendor's table IF you think you'll use it.
You'll be carrying this stuff around with you for quite a while and you'll
find you'll have to downsize anyway when you pack to go home.
- Visit vendors' booths an hour before they pack up to leave the last day.
You'll get a lot of GOOD free stuff that way (or "deals" you wouldn't have
gotten otherwise).
- Put in your tote bag your OWN set of basic small-sized
supplies...scissors, exacto, glue stick,tape, pencil/pen because some of the
workshops run out of stuff (or you have to share and wait) OR you might want
to finish up a project during lunch, plane flight, etc.
_ Go early to workshops to scope out the room for the best seat. Look for
supply table, screen set-up, and presenter table to see where you will see
everything to the best advantage. Also...early arrival allows you to bond
with the presenter and might influence the presenter to move closer to you
for demo. Offer to hand out supplies and you'll often get the best of the
supplies (grin).
- Don't forget your camera at the vendors' booths. I most often get my best
ideas there.
- Talk to everybody! You might just discover a brand new idea from the
strange person sitting beside of you at lunch that will make the whole trip
worthwhile! Have a small notebook for writing down email addresses of new
friends which will be invaluable to you later. Many art teachers now have
business cards made up with email addresses on them.
- Write down all ideas immediately because you'll probably forget them
otherwise as you will be on "overload" after one day into the conference.