My favorite artist trading cards for kids project involves starting with a color photo and creating a world around it using only a thin black marker. After all, if a drawing looks interesting before it even has any color, you’re on your way to a really nice work of art.
To shortcut the magazine process, I’ve found these free images online and have created a blank template for those without access to make their own.
- Printed ATC Line Art template for each student
- White card stock paper
- Black marker, ultra fine tip
- Plastic Trading card sleeves or Penny sleeves
- Paper cutter, xacto or good scissors
- Print out a sheet for each student, preferably on card stock or good drawing paper.
- Challenge students to create a detailed world in each. Pencil is good to start, then trace with pen.
- I use a paper cutter to cut the cards out after students are done. It’s easier to draw on the larger format.
- Slide all the cards in a trading card sleeve, which you can find online or even at Staples.
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