We suggest bringing at least 20-25 cards to trade, because we never know how many people will attend. Please come prepared to trade with everyone, regardless of skill level.
Please make sure your name is legible on the back so that those receiving your cards will know who created them. (Many artists include their e-mail addresses and website or other contact information on the back of their cards.) For further information about making cards, see links below.
What is an ATC?
Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are small works of art measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches that are made to be traded between
artists. They can be made in any media on any subject. Here is a good introduction to the format. (Note: The original page no longer exists. This is the link to an archived version.)
The idea for the ATC format was developed in 1996 by Swiss artist m. vanci stirnemann as a way for artists to exchange art without worrying about the constraints of galleries and pricing. The first trading session was in Zurich in 1997. Trading on-line has become very popular, especially for artists who cannot attend live trades locally. You can read more about the history of ATCs here. One friendly site to start trading on-line is ATCs for All.
Why make and trade ATCs?
The small size of the card allows you to experiment with
new media and techniques without spending a lot of money
on supplies. For many participants, the interaction with
other artists and the opportunity to learn new things is
more important than the trading of the art itself.
To Bee or Not to Bee
by Dianna Reiter
Mark your calendar!
Dates may be subject to change
We ask that you pre-register if you plan to participate (in person or via Zoom) so we can notify you if there are unexpected changes. Please sign up for the email list for the latest updates.
Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Shorewood Village Center in the Village Center Meeting Room
3920 N Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI
(Same building as the library. Meeting room is on lower level. Entrance to parking lot is on Frederick Ave.)
Suggested Theme: Favorite Animals
If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Monday, March 18, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, March 21, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)
Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Muskego Public Library, Rooms 2-3
S73W16663 W Janesville RD, Muskego WI
Suggested Theme: Favorite Seasons (Times of Year, Holidays, Weather)
If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, April 21, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, April 25, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)
Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the New Berlin Public Library, Community Meeting Room
15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI
Suggested Theme: Favorite Art Techniques, Tools & Supplies
If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, May 12, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, May 16, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)
2024 Dates & Locations to be determined
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Favorite Artists or Art History Movements
Favorite Food & Drink
by Gary Warren Niebuhr