suggest bringing at least 20-25 cards
to trade, and it helps to have them in a binder or
small album that can be easily viewed and passed
around during trading. Please come prepared to trade with everyone, regardless of skill level.
make at least one card in the monthly theme to
participate in the Potluck Draw (in which
everyone throws their theme card into a box
during introductions and then we all randomly
draw someone else's card in trade).
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
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 This is the link to an archived version.)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
For 2019 we have 2 suggested themes each month - one material or technique theme and one subject or topic theme
(You can try one or both or, as always, you can make whatever you like!)
Some Locations and Dates still to be Decided
Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9-3 p.m.
Art playdate and live trade at the Muskego Public Library
S73W16663 W Janesville RD, Muskego WI
9 a.m. - meeting room open for art play date
1-3 p.m. (approx) ATC live trade & meeting
Suggested Themes: Printing Techniques and/or "Eat, Drink & Be Merry"
Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Zablocki Library
3501 W. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI
(We have the room starting at 12:30 p.m.)
Suggested themes: Shiny or Transparent Things
and/or All Things Art History
Suggested Themes: Natural Materials and/or History & Politics & Culture
Suggested Themes: Moving Parts and/or Design & Pattern
Suggested Themes: "Not Just a Rectangular Card" and/or "All About You"
Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 12-4 p.m
End-of-Year Potluck & Live Trade
in the Ladish Meeting Room at
the Cudahy Family Library
3500 Library DR, Cudahy WI
We will be having a potluck meal and art play date in addition to the ATC trade. Please sign up for our group's e-mail list before 12/1/2019, if you want to get all the details.
Theme: Open theme
(and bring your leftover cards to trade)
Spring by Gary Warren Niebuhr