This week at the Boys and Girls Club we played a portrait game titled “Switch”. This game was designed in order to have the children interact with one another through portraiture. One side of the table stays still while the person across the table begins to draw them with a limited amount of time (such as 15 seconds). When the timer goes off, the people who were drawing, move one seat over to the right and continues the drawing the other person started. When everyone has gone, the people who were being drawn, now will start the game over, only this time, they are the ones who will be drawing the other person across the table. Sounds confusing? Well its not! Try it for yourself and comment your results and experience with this portrait game. Now Switch!
1. Have an even amount of kids and make sure someone is sitting in front of another student.
2. Pass out a sheet of drawing paper to the students on the right of the table that will do the drawing.3. Set a timer for 15 seconds and instruct the children to draw the person infront of them.
4. When the timer goes off, each person on the right side of the table will move over one seat to the right. Call out Switch!
5. Instruct the children to continue the other persons drawing.
6. Continue the game until the children are seated in the same seat they started off.
7. Continue steps 1-6, only this time, the people who were being drawn (the models) will now draw the other students.
Results: The kids were really excited once they got the hang of the game and understood the instructions. The kids were joking and interacting with each person they would drawn and really had a great time. The timing mechanism really added to the game and made it a success!