FYI For what it's worth, I would limit my comments to vendors to the more
positive side... if any. This show is designed for the mfg to do business
primarily with their distributors and not the end users (teachers and
students). I see your role as demonstrator to be quite important for art
advocacy. Since I am in the middle of planning our daughter's wedding, I
will not be at this convention but have attended the last 5-10 years. It is
fairly large with lots of people. Have a good time and enjoy the
stimulation. Please let us know how it went.
Sax Arts & Crafts
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Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 6:03 AM
Subject: Any ideas for Art Ed advocacy, showcasing my students at the NAMTA
> 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
> trade materials ) convention al day this Friday in Philadelphia. I am
> a group of elementary students and parents. I plan to have them first do
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> to create art !!!!)
> I appreciate and value your input and promise to represent the
> proudly !!!
> Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
> Christine Besack :)