Artist Trading Cards (ATC).....WHAT ARE THEY?!?
ATC are baseball card sized works of art that can be trades/swapped within your school, district, state, or beyond! They can be created independently, collaboratively, as a skill check (shading, perspective, color...etc), as a one day project, part of a printing lesson...and on and on and on!! They are a fun and versatile addition to your regular lessons.
Though their media/subject matter can be just about anything...there are some norms that you need to set to make trades/swaps run smoothly.
- STICK WITH STANDARD BASEBALL CARD SIZE - 2 1/2 X 3 1/2
- USE A THICK PAPER OR BACK IT ON A TAGBOARD TYPE MATERIAL
- CREATE A TEMPLATE FOR STUDENTS TO FILL OUT ON THE BACK OF THEIR WORK THAT INCLUDES THEIR NAME, GRADE, MEDIA, TITLE FOR THE ART WORK, AND SCHOOL NAME.
- GROUP CARDS IN 10'S & RUBBER BANDED WHEN TRADING/SWAPPING
- IF YOU ARE TRADING/SWAPPING WITH MULTIPLE SCHOOLS IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A POINT PERSON WHO WILL BE WILLING TO RECEIVE & SEND THE CARDS BACK OUT. THIS IS NOT TO SAY IT IS A ONE PERSON SHOW....YOU NEED TO COORDINATE A GROUP THAT WILL HELP SWAP & SEND THE WORK BACK OUT. THE LARGER THE GROUP(MORE SCHOOLS INVOLVED) THE MORE HELP YOU WILL NEED!!!
HERE ARE EXAMPLES I'VE DONE
WITH MY STUDENTS IN THE PAST
I KEEP THE ARTIST TRADING CARDS (IN BASEBALL CARD SLEEVES) IN MY ROOM FOR STUDENTS TO LOOK AT IF THEY ARE DONE WITH THEIR WORK EARLY OR IF THEY NEED INSPIRATION/HAVE ARTIST BLOCK
I CREATE A DISPLAY OF THE WORK WE RECEIVE & HAVE AN EXPLANATION WITH THE DISPLAY SO TEACHERS/PARENTS/STUDENTS UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PROJECT IS ALL ABOUT!