Instructors Jennifer Isham
and Jeff Ursillo

Saturday April 25, 2020 12 to 4 PM
Jaffe Book Arts Gallery, FAU Library

ATCs are self-made miniature works of art, measuring only 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” in size, the traditional size of sports cards. Made of any art medium––watercolor, acrylic, pencil, ink, paper collage, mixed media and more––and intended to be traded with other ATC artists, the possibilities are wide open. What’s more, making ATCs have an international following and making them is fun for artists of all levels, even if you don't consider yourself an artist.

The concept was first introduced in 1997 in an exhibition by Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann. For the show, Stirnemann created 1,200 small works of art on 2 1/2" x 3 1/2” cards, and he encouraged others to make their own cards and swap with his… leading to the foundation of a new kind of art community.

In this Saturday afternoon workshop, we’ll pass a fun few hours creating our very own Artists’ Trading Cards. We'll make a variety of cards and perhaps you’ll be inspired to trade a few cards with other artists in the workshop. You’ll also learn how to make a booklet perfect for housing your cards. Supplies will be provided but you're also encouraged to bring a few of your own supplies from home––whatever suits your fancy and sparks your creativity. You may just leave the workshop with the start of your own collection of small art works!

Tuition Schedule

General Public: $60
FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions: $55
FAU Students: $50


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone Sending your email will begin the registration process.


Jennifer Isham is a crafter, cardmaker, iris folder, ATC artist, crocheter, mini loom weaver, and penpaller. More often than not, than not, her penpals can expect to receive a handwritten letter and mini journal, scrapbook, or other handmade surprise tucked inside one of her handmade cards. Is she could start a new career, it would have been a kindergarten/grade school art teacher, professional crafter, fiber artist, or librarian.

Jeff Ursillo is a longtime and accomplished paper artist. His love of handmade crafts goes back to childhood. He has been making handcrafted greeting cards for a number of years, and particularly enjoys making ones that require precise measuring and paper manipulation. Three dimensional papercrafting projects and bookbinding are also favorites of his. In addition to his skills as a paper artist, Jeff is also a mineralogist who has been cutting cabochons for jewelry for over 20 years.

Both Jeff and Jennifer are longtime participants in Jaffe Center for Book Arts classes and activities. You can also find them at our JCBA marketplaces as Paper Owl Artists.