Thursday, December 10, 2009

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) early tests

Continuing to brainstorm material for art enrichment classes for Elementary school children next year, I am focusing on small format activities that could be accomplished in 50 minutes class periods while keeping supply requirements and clean up to a minimum for a quick turnover of the classroom. Given the popularity of Kodomo (Manga for kids) card-based games like Pokemon and more recently Bakugan, young kids (9-12 yeras old) are likely to get drawn to an activity where they could create their own Manga style trading cards. Creating Artist Trading Cards (ATC) is an ideal creative activity for kids that allow for effective experimentation with a variety of sketching and coloring tools (crayons, colored pencils, markers, pigment liners, watercolor, and even some collage) in a short time period. While cutting your own 2.5" X 3.5" cards typically used for ATCs from larger sheets is certainly a cost-saving option, they are also available in convenient packs of 20 Strathmore 300 Bristol cards (with smooth or vellum finish depending if the intended media will be India ink or graphite pencil) for when we might be a tad short on prep time.
For drawing the coloring outlines, I used a brush pen loaded with a Platinum ink cartridge, Copic multiliner SP pens, and a Staedtler Technical drawing pen since their waterproof ink would better resist smearing when coloring with alcohol and water-based media.
Always a good idea to have a larger piece of scrap paper beneath the ATC to facilitate coloring all the way to the edge.
Coloring stages.
Close up of the finished card.
First sample set of ATCs colored with Copic Sketch Markers and Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens.A few coloring cards ready for testing.
The small format allows for quick completion time with fairly satisfactory results. Nicole here looks quite pleased with the card she just colored in a few minutes.
Colored Mermaid card close up.

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