The first class is about Artist Trading Cards. What? You've never heard of them? Aw. They're fun! They're these little baseball-card sized things that you make and trade with other folks. Why? Because Tiny Things Are Fun, especially art. You'll make at least three in the class, based on models I provide. Here's a sampling of ATC's I've made:
Although I do use some new materials, I like to use things you don't have to buy new, things you might find in a thrift store (my home away from home) or lying about the house. The top left card has a bingo card for a base. The bottom right uses a map from an old atlas. Bottom left, the background is from an old hymnal. And top right is actually made only of bits and pieces I collected at the Minnesota State Fair.
It's a 1-night class, an introduction to making these wonderful little arty pieces. I'll use several different tools and techniques that students will get to play with, too. Last time I taught this class I had people who had never used rubber stamps before, and they loved it. I bring my embossing stuff, paper punches, images to collage with (I love cemetery photos, so I bring a few that I've taken), and just throw out lots of ideas of how you can make them.
I also bring with me a couple albums full of cards I've traded for and with, and books about making ATC's, all for students to browse and be inspired. And I give students a goodie bag full of stuff to take home so they can start making more ATC's as soon as they leave class!