Artist Trading Cards 2015 exchange

Our class was offered the opportunity to create and send some Artist Trading cards to a class in Victoria. Mrs Smith and Miss Crowther, their teacher, had participated in a trade 2 years ago. They have since participated in several other exchanges of ideas and information. This year they both hoped to have another turn at exchanging Artist Trading cards and discussed the idea via a flurry of emails.

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Trading and admiring our new cards.

Artist Trading cards are small pieces of art created on cards that are always 64mm x 89mm in size. Most cards are traded or exchanged for other cards. On the back of the cards there is often some information about the artist and the cards they have created.

Both classes have worked very hard to create their cards and at last we have made our exchange by mail.

We had posted off our parcel and have been waiting for a parcel to arrive. It arrived on Thursday and this was a good day as both Mrs S and Mrs C were at school. This meant that our class and both teachers could have fun finding out the contents of the package that arrived at the school office during the morning.


An intriguing parcel awaiting opening.

We had to wait until after recess before participating in a lucky dip to receive a set of cards. Each set of cards came with a neat label describing the artist and their interests. There was also a little treat tucked in amongst the cards.

Each member of the class had a lucky dip to find some cards and a surprise.

Each member of the class had a lucky dip to find some cards and a surprise.

Thanks very much to Team 5/6 from UPPS for creating some great trading cards. Follow the linked text to see more about the cards created by the class in 5/6 at Upper Plenty in Victoria.

More of the great cards we received.

More of the great cards we received.

Mrs S created an Animoto of the cards we sent off to Victoria. We chose to use a theme for our cards.

Have you ever created any very small art? What would you use to decorate a set of trading cards? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Read 5 comments

  1. Hi we are Emily, Olivia and Ella,
    We liked your post because it showed us how much you enjoyed receiving our artist trading cards. To make our artist trading cards we used textas, pencils, paper, pens, and our imagination to think of some ideas of what to draw on our artist trading cards. Yes we have created a piece of very small art as we made the artist trading cards and swapped them with your class.

    We had heaps of fun making them and we hope you did to. Good bye for now Olivia Emily and Ella, from upper plenty primary school.

  2. Hello 5/6 Clark/Smith. I am Ruby from 3/4 Bayside Learners. I absolutely LOVE your trading cards. As I am only grade 3, I cannot do art as amazing as yours. I am Mrs E’s daughter and I have three older sisters, one being my twin who is 5 minutes older than me.

    My blog adress is:

    I hope to hear back from you,
    3/4 Bayside Learners.

    • Thanks for a great comment, Ruby.

      We really enjoyed creating our trading cards but it was very difficult to wait for our trading to arrive from our exchange partners. There are some more examples of children’s trading cards on Flickr.

      Your class blog looks great and I saw some very interesting rotational symmetry art using your names. Was it hard to do? Looking at all the art on your blog I am sure that you could make some very interesting trading cards.

      Mrs S

      • Hello to Mrs S and the 5/6 class, Ruby here.

        Thank you for looking at my class blog and replying to my comment so quickly! I haven’t tried your link yet, but I will if/when I have time. The rotational symmetry was rather tricky, but in the end we all got it done.

        I do want to make my own set of trading cards one day, but I might wait until I’m a bit older.(At least as old as you.)

        Next time I comment to you, I hope I will be along with the rest of my class and my teacher.
        Bye for now,
        3/4 Bayside Learners.

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