Duration: 45 minutes/Group Size: Large group
- Easel, marker board or drawing table
- Drawing tools (pen, paint, pencils, etc.)
- Mechitzah or room divider
- Choose one of the following options. (They are listed in order of our recommendation.)
- Hire an artist or caricaturist.
- Invite a volunteer artist to your event i.e. a community member not so familiar with the teens.
- Choose an artistic teen to act as your artist.
- Prepare an easel, marker board or drawing table for the artist.
- Place an opaque Mechitzah or room divider behind the artist’s chair and in front of another chair.
- Create seating space for your group.
- IMPORTANT: The artist should not see any of the teens before the game begins!
(Depending on the size of your group, decide whether to give all the teens a chance to be drawn or only a few to demonstrate the concept. )
- Each teen is given a number.
Once the artist is seated, call up teen #1 to sit in the portrait chair. The teen will then describe all his/her features to the artist who will attempt to draw him/her.
This activity serves as a test of our a) personal appreciation and b) interpersonal appreciation. The contrasting images can help us learn which areas we need to improve in (i.e if our self- portrayed image is nicer, we can work on appreciating others and vice versa.)
- Teens write their names on a paper and place them in a bag.
- Have each teen choose a name from the bag.
- The teens will then take turns describing the features of the person whose name they chose to the artist.
- Once the artist finishes drawing all the teens, hang up each set of 2 images (self-described and friend-described) for teens to review.
- Teens complete the “Self Portrayed Portrait Activity” in their CNotes Journals.