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.