This is one of my all time favourite art challenges, but it’s the FIRST time I thought to time lapse each painting. Students get into a group of 4 or 5, and have one canvas with 3-4 ovals drawn on it in chalk, these ovals will be turned into faces. The results were fabulous!


  • You have 10mins to discuss a plan, no touching the canvas.
  • You have only 60mins to complete this painting.
  • No black paint until the end.
  • Use expressive colours (realism is not needed).
  • The portraits need to follow the rules, as demonstrated.
  • Everyone must be involved.
  • Fill the whole canvas- no white canvas is to be left.


Aren’t they so much fun? The students loved seeing their videos at the end.


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Not only were the students engaged during the entire class, but they learnt about the rules of portraiture in a unique way AND now we have some stunning, loose, expressive, large canvases to hang on the walls! All achieved in 80mins (5min intro, 5-10min planning, 60min painting, 5-10min clean up and photoshoot!)

I can’t wait for the next class to do this! 🙂


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