Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm X 9cm). They have to be small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold. Accepting money for a trading card takes the novelty out of it. As their name indicates, Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are collectables, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards.
All GMG Elementary students will create a small series of ATCs over the year. Currently 5th and 6th graders are working on theirs. They gathered small objects to incorporate into the cards and brought them to class. Each student will create 3 cards and each card will have a different theme.