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Artist Trading Cards

Wikipedia says that ATC’s are, “Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged.

atcJohn Dyhouse breaks making an ATC down into 6 simple steps.  I created a word document of the steps and added a few of my own. Artist Trading Cards.docx
Artist Trading Cards .pdf

  1. Find or create your background
  2. Find and select the main image.
  3. Select details to enhance or embellish the ATC design.
  4. Select text or quote (optional)
  5. Play with the elements to create your design
  6. Finalize the design and glue down
  7. Finalize the back of the card
    (sign your work)

Ideas for ATC

Art Ed Guru suggests: “Trading Cards: [History, Cultures] Create trading cards (2) for a famous artist in history based on a list provided by the teacher, chosen from a hat, or based on student interest. One card should show the artist, and their personal information on the back, similar to a baseball card. The second should be an artwork they are known for, with an illustration on the front, and simple but pertinent information on the back. These can be presented to the class, but also used later as a matching game to reinforce concepts, or copied and used to make a class set of flashcards for studying.”

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Task Party

I first read about Task Party’s on my Art Teacher Facebook group from a post written by Ian Sands.Another art teacher, Mrs. B, has done this in her classroom – This activity is just TASK-ing to have fun. From her blog:

What? In other words, TASK is an activity where artists pull a TASK from the task box which can be interpreted any way the artist chooses. Then each artist contributes a TASK to the TASK box for others to interpret. “You take one, you write one” TASKS can be anything…from build a treehouse to do a line dance, to brush your teeth.

Materials offered to the artists can vary and include, paper, scissors, cardboard, yarn, string, glue, foil, bubble wrap, paint, crayons, tape….it is really up to the teacher. And, constraints can be added like time allotted or limiting materials.

I also read about it on Art 21’s blog – Oliver Herrin’gs Big Art Pary.
I must do this in my classroom.
Task ideas are:
Become invisible
Build a treehouse
Play your favorite childhood game
Make a garden
Pop out of a box and scare people
Put small pieces of tape on 10 people
Become a silent statue for 5 minutes
Create a tape circle with 5 people inside
Make a tea party