Artist Trading Cards Club with Elaine Woodhouse


In this class students will have the opportunity to use a vast variety of materials and art techniques to make their miniature art.

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Artist Trading Cards (A.T.C’s) are miniature works of art measuring 2.5” x 3.5”.  They are created using varied materials, and a multitude of art techniques, including painting, weaving, sewing and metal embossing.  They became an art form in the late 1990’s introduced by Swedish artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann.  They appeal to all ages, and are collected and traded throughout the world.  I have been teaching the art of A.T.C’s since 1999 to both children and adults. Student ages have ranged from 5 – 85 years of age (sometimes in the same group!)
Artist Trading Cards are meant to be shared and traded (however many students choose only to collect).  In this time of socially distancing it is a perfect art form for helping children, and adults maintain contact with family and friends!!

The class time format will closely resemble that of on-site classes at Bryant Elementary School.  I will present an inspiration sample card at the beginning of the class.  Students can then decide to follow my lead and/or create their own cards with the materials provided.  The remainder of the class will be working and sharing with other students.  Especially during this time of school closure, emphasis will be placed on creative socialization.  Students will be provided binders for collecting their cards, and each week they will receive blank cards and materials.  Details regarding pick-up will be arranged after registration.  It will be close to the school and the need for social distancing will be taken into consideration.  In addition, this is a perfect opportunity for students to consider mailing their A.T.C’s to family and friends.  I will be sharing my love of “postal art” and suggesting ways to showcase their art on envelopes.

Required Supplies
Basic art kit ( scissors, crayons, colored pencils, glue stick, markers, clear tape)

Instructor: Elaine D Woodhouse, Cert.Ed, CQSW

Day of Week: Tuesdays

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Dates of classes: 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 – 8 classes

Conferencing Format: Zoom

You will need access to a device running Zoom conferencing software to access video and voice communication.

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Elaine_Woodhouse_300Originally from England, Elaine trained in Early Childhood Education, and Fine and Applied Art, before moving to the United States in 1982. Since then she has acquired over 20 years of teaching experience, including several years in the Head Start Program. The majority of her experience however has been providing after school art enrichment classes at Seattle Public Schools.

She has also been retained as an Artist in Residence,

Elaine’s interest in folk art led to authoring a book on metal repujado, and several television appearances. She is responsible for developing and popularizing metal embossing techniques and products in the crafting industry.

Elaine has also received certification as a social worker, specializing in child care. Most recently she completed training as a sign language interpreter.

“Traditionally, folk art was created by people who did not even have a word for art in their culture. Art was simply what people did. It was a part of being human. My classes foster this philosophy in a contemporary setting. Folk art often has a practical purpose or meets a specific need. Many of my classes utilize found objects and recycling, reflecting our society’s need to conserve and repurpose”

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