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Any ideas for Art Ed advocacy, showcasing my students at the NAMTA show


Date: Tue Jun 04 2002 - 04:03:16 PDT

Hi All,
    This opportunity came up very quickly, and I have been running around
like crazy trying to iron out all the details and not leave anything out !
    I have been asked to have my student make art, at the NAMTA (national art
trade materials ) convention al day this Friday in Philadelphia. I am taking
a group of elementary students and parents. I plan to have them first do some
origami, for passers by at the show to pick up and take with them. Flowers
butterflies, frogs (they love to fold paper). Also I will be setting up a
still life flowers vase, fruit for them to sketch. They will have a large
variety of media to work with. Due to the nature of the space not a lot of
water to be had, or to spill (eeek !!) I know oil pastels will be provided
also along with some clay, charcoal and markers.
Any ideas as to what else to have for them to do ?? my origami paper will be
printed with Art Education Advocacy text. We are there at the show to
demonstrate and promote YAM and the value of art education for children.
    I was thinking of a few art quotes displayed behind where we are working,
also pics of my students at work in the classroom. I am fond of this one !
" Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he
grows up--- Pablo Picasso"
    This is my first field trip, I am as excited as the kids to be a part of
this event.
Anything you experienced and opinionated art educators want me to relay to
the vendors there ?? (So many of the companies that make the products our
schools purchase, will be there !!! )
    I know my students are going to have a blast being there, who wouldn't
love an all day art class !!!!! ) I am taking choice students from my art
clubs at two schools. ( those who can work well talking to adults, and love
to create art !!!!)
    I appreciate and value your input and promise to represent the profession
proudly !!!

Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
Christine Besack :)