Artist Trading Card Exchange

It has been an amazing experience to have participated in an Artist Trading Card Swap with other schools from overseas. These are posts from previous years about this experience and some ideas for your own Artist Trading Cards.

It has been stated before that when we are able to share what we have learned it helps to develop and improve our understanding. The opportunity to share our artwork has arisen through an international project called "Artist Trading Card Swap".

The idea of  Artist Trading Cards was started in 1997 in Switzerland as a Project for Artists to share their work with one another. The card is about the same size as a regular Trading Card (63mm x 89mm). The artwork can be any subject or medium. On the back, there needs to include details about the painting, the artist and where it comes from. 

An opportunity arose to participate in a school version through a group of Art teachers. Mini Matisse, otherwise known as Mrs Hahn, has given some of her time to organise this project.  More details of the project can be seen at her website: Mini Matisse.

To first create our cards I gave the students the following criteria that they had to make each of their cards for:

  • One had to monochromatic
  • As many different lines as possible
  • use only primary colours
  • Use a letter in the design.
  • featured a cow
  • own choice
  • use perspective


The next group of  cards that we created, needed to include a robot in one of the designs. We also used the following template so that all of our cards were labelled. 

Artist trading cards from Kate Todd

Last year, Year 3 created ATC's which were sent to a variety of places:

There are three schools from Canada, three from Australia, Cambodia, Germany, two from Hong Kong, Scotland, Thailand, and the U.K. That's not to mention the other 80+ schools participating from the United States of America. We have all ages participating.Many of the schools are primary but still have a variety of ages in this trade.
Year 3 have started creating our cards, some of which have an Australian Aboriginal dot painting theme. We will complete another set of cards before Term 3 so that we can get them in the mail.

One of the schools that received our ATC's was in Bangkok in Thailand. Teacher Lem wrote a post about it on his blog Classy Art Class.  It is exciting to see other classes responses to receiving the little artworks that we have made.


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