Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Class Portfolio of Trading Cards

We ended our Wednesday After School Studio class with an artist trading card exchange.

Artist trading cards are small works of art about the size of a trading card (2.5 by 3.5 inches).

The photo above shows the assembled collection of cards on the light table before the trading began.

What was so exciting to watch was how many variations on technique the artists explored.

A communal work table allows for lots of sharing of materials and ideas.

Collage and water-color crayons.

Paper weaving, stamping and paper sculpture.

It was fun to see techniques that “think outside the card” and push the boundaries of the small 2-D format.

Also lots of affirming messages and a broad range of experimenting with technique. The small format seemed to lend itself well to experimentation, inspiration from friends and trying new things.

A bonus at the end, each artist got leave with a small portfolio assembled of classmates’ images.


  1. I love the idea of exchanging or trading works of art as an adult artist. How do the young children react to trading their art? Do they have trouble trading their art? I bet they love making small works of art and possibly might enjoy mail art or postcard art. The variety of art techniques tried is impressive. Would love to read about what the children think. Consider having them write about their work and putting it up on your blog if you have not done so already. I am new to your blog and so you might have done so already.

  2. I love your blog and added a link on my blog to this post to go with Reggio Emilia inspired posts for Wednesday. I have signed to follow your blog and hope that you will pop by to see mine as well.
    Have a nice rest of your week,