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.

trading cards

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.

Creating with a Programming Language called Alice

Some of our class have had an opportunity to create some animations using a programming language called Alice. It is a 3D programming environment that can be used to created animations and stories.

The students are part of an online class and their online teacher uses Fronter as a workspace. There are challenges to complete and students must create their animations, using Alice, and then hand them in. Some of the animations are featured on the start page of the Fronter online environment.

Watch the animation that was created by Elizabeth and featured in Fronter.

And here is one created by Amy.

Each movement of a character needed the correct programming to ensure that the animation worked correctly. The screenshot below is an example of creating using Alice.

A screenshot of Georgie's Alice work.

A screenshot of Georgie’s Alice work.

Have you created a digital story? How did you do it? Leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

A New School Year Begins

Clip Art created by Bev Evans

Clip Art created by Bev Evans

Time has flown by and February 2014 is here already. Here in Tasmania we have just finished our summer school holidays and are getting ready for a new school year. Our class blog welcomes some new students and our record of learning for this year is about to begin.

Over the summer break Mrs S spent time relaxing, reading, creating, listening, chatting, resting, thinking, fishing, cycling, celebrating birthdays and enjoying the company of her family. Mrs C spent time gardening, swimming, reading, creating, resting and enjoying the company of her family.

What do you enjoy doing over a summer break? What long list of verbs describe your summer fun? Please leave a comment to tell us about your holiday activities.