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Monday, February 3, 2014

Artist Trading Cards in Eau Claire

Thanks to Jessi Peterson for this awesome guest post!

We decided this year to offer more passive arts programming in our Young Adult Lounge.  Targeting a time that works for busy teens to attend a program is often hit and miss, so we thought we would try unscheduling instead and have materials available for them whenever they are here.   We wanted something that would be low key, low cost, and definitely with low potential for mess, since the lounge isn’t staffed.  

I read a blog post a while ago about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and thought we would give that a try.  The cards are just cardstock cut into a mini canvas, most often 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches, which is about the same size as a baseball card or a business card.    Then we dug through our craft supplies and put out colored pencils, markers, embroidery floss, patterned paper scraps, punches and glue and waited for the mini-masterpieces to  be created!  Teens are invited to make  ATCs to take with them, to trade with friends or to leave in the Free Trade box next to the art supplies. So far teens have left collages, self-portraits, mandalas, as well as abstract creations.   I don’t know how many have been traded, but there are new cards in the box on a regular basis! 

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