Thursday, October 17, 2013

Leaf Themed Artist Trading Cards - A Multi-Generational Family Friendly Craft For Thanksgiving or Fall

I love Artist Trading Cards. Their small scale makes them easy to crank out several mini 
masterpieces in one setting and it allows the artist to work with a less intimidating format to explore various media or themes with their artwork. I shared our Mark Rothko inspired ATC project with you earlier this year.

ATCs (or Artist Trading Cards) are tiny pieces of art the size of a baseball card (2.5" x 3.5".)  ATCs are a great way for kids to explore and make art on a small scale. 
It also allows them to experiment with a variety of techniques quickly. They can create as many pieces of art as they want without taking up a lot of room! 

There are no wrong or right ways to do this project. Just set up a table full of various art supplies: we used, markers, crayons, leaves, construction paper, glue, and scissors. 
Add some small pre-cut rectangles of card stock as your ATCs (artist trading cards.)

Artists of all ages can participate in this project. I think it would be a wonderful family table activity at Thanksgiving. Set up a craft table while waiting for food and encourage everyone little kids to grandparents to make some leaf-themed ATCs (artist trading cards) to trade with each other. 

The girls and I sat down one afternoon and made this series of leaf-themed ATCs.
By sticking with one theme (leaves) we produced a bunch of little cards that all go together but no two are alike!   

We even made some of our artist trading cards in the style of famous artists. 
Can you find our Van Gogh, Matisse, and Piet Mondrian Leaves?

Why not set up a little ATC making table this holiday season for your own 
kids, grandparents, and family to create memories and miniature art together?! 


Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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