Essential Question: How does art communicate? and open the world for us...

We did an atc exchange with art students at Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michiga
Here is our ATC set

Here are the first set of cards we sent to them...

and here is what they sent to us as they hang in our high school art gallery!


A unique way to collaborate and to show off our skills with others around the globe is to share artist trading cards.

As defined by Wikipedia...

"Art trading cards can be seen as the modern incarnation of several much older artistic forms. Because of their small size and usually modest price they have been linked to portrait miniatures, which flourished in the 14th century, and were often used as advertisements by wealthy merchant families in arranging marriages for their daughters. Until this time art collecting was mainly the hobby of the Noble and Royal classes.

In later centuries artist trading cards were used throughout Europe and America as art training tools. Artists would trade the cards between themselves to study each others techniques and explore new art movements. The cards paid a particularly important role in the Impressionists art movement. The Impressionists utilized both sides of their artist trading cards, art on one side and a kind of brief resume on the other. The Impressionists were the first known artists to use the cards in trade for anything other then more art. Impressionists often traded the cards with art collectors in exchange for room, board, and art supplies.

M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996, holding trading sessions in Zurich, Switzerland. This resurgence of interest of Artists trading cards has spawned the popular ACEO (art cards editions and originals) movement. Many people consider art trading cards and ACEO cards to be one and the same. Others feel they are decidely different pieces of art".

For more examples of ATC's check out these sites:

ATC TIPS From Art Junction... external image atc5.jpg"When creating a card, follow the “Rule of Three” by including a background, focal image, and an embellishment. This principle is especially helpful when working with young artists as they have a tendency to overwork their compositions.

When working on collage, arrange the main shapes on your card before adhering them to the surface. Apply an adhesive to the back of your shapes and position them on the card. Lay a sheet of scrap paper over the surface and use a brayer or your fingertips to make sure that good contact has been made over the entire surface and that air bubbles are removed. Any excessive adhesive will stick to the scrap paper when it is removed.

Tone the edges of cut or torn shapes with a soft-leaded pencil to help them blend into the background."

Our first collaboration will be to exchange our cards with Debbi Bovio's high school art class in Rochester, Michigan!

Our theme for this exchange will be Culture and Language