The fun of these cards is to see what other artists from around the world are creating. Recently, all of the 7th grade classes currently taking art participated in an ATC swap! Each student made several cards with the theme of “Elements of Art.” This was the determined topic for all of the schools participating in the trade. Students had fun using a wide assortment of materials, such as scrap papers, magazines, gel pens, watercolors and colored pencil to create their cards.
After they created several cards, they picked their best one to trade with another school. They labeled their first name, title of card, date and state (MA) on the back. We then mailed the 100 cards Coolidge made to Ridgely Middle School in Lutherville, Maryland. Several days later, we received a box in the mail with 100 cards created by students from the Spring Oaks Middle School in Houston, Texas. Each Coolidge student picked one of the cards that were mailed to us to keep. They also traded the extra cards they had created with other students in their class.
This was a new experience for all of us, including me! It was fun to see all of the different ideas students came up with using a single theme. We also enjoyed seeing the variation of materials and concepts from one school to another. I think that students got a lot out of it and we hope to do more swaps with other schools down the road!