ATC's (Altered Trading Cards) are really popular with the altered book
enthusiasts. I even had some of mine shown on the Carol Duvall Show! Another
concept is to have each student create their own personal playing card,
after assigning each student a specific card (Ace of Hearts, Two of Clubs).
After the students have created their card you scan them into the computer.
I put mine into a word document so that I would have 7 (?) per sheet.
Students can then print them out and have an entire deck of personalized
playing cards. I have done this twice myself, once at a conference, once in
an online collaboration.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
>I am going to try an idea with my high schooleres from
> Michael Bell's site, visualjournaling.com, which is
> that the students alter old playing cards for
> conceptualizing personal ideas and themes for their
> art. I hope we can produce lots at the beginning of
> the year and use them for ideas for larger works. I
> liked the idea that they could all be laid out on a
> table, sorted, traded, and of course altered. Mostly
> tiny drawings, digital prints, collages, maquettes. I
> liked what Robert Genn recently called bozettos, if
> you get his postings. I also liked the size and how
> they can fit into your pocket. I liked the idea of
> rubber banding them together or even enhancing somehow
> the little package they sometimes come in.