Split the group into two equal halves. One group is 'the models' one is the 'artists'. Models form an inner circle facing outward; artists form an outer circle facing inward.
Each model should have an artist standing in front of them. Every artist should have a white card/paper (their canvas), and a coloured pen - ready to draw their model.
Explain the exercise:
start by saying hi and noting the name of the model on the piece of paper
artists will draw their model’s face while only looking at them; they cannot look down on their paper.
artists will have around 30 seconds to draw; once time is up the artists will hand their card to the model for them to hold (without letting the model sneak a peek)
artists then take a step clockwise, so that they are stood in front of a new model
Before letting the group start - practice the rotation as explained above.
Let the Artists begin drawing, play music in the background. Encourage them 'beautiful pictures - practically photographs - make sure you capture the glimmer in their eye - best smiles models' etc.
After 30 seconds or so, shout 'rotate', instruct artists to hand over their card to the model, and take a step clockwise.
The artists should then take the piece of card/portrait from the model, and pick up the drawing where the last person left off.
Continue this rotation for 4 or 5 rounds. When the portraits look complete, turn off the music and reveal the beautiful crowd-sourced portraits to the models
Now the artists and models switch roles, and you repeat again so that everyone has a portrait.
DEEPEN TEAM CONNECTION: HUMAN GALLERY
Annotate your portrait
Bring the group together again, and introduce the theory of 'comfort zone vs stretch zone'; describing the power of moving into stretch zone and explaining the difference between 'panic-zone'
Invite people to annotate their portraits, choosing a 'stretch' they could challenge themselves to explore during this session.
Alternative annotation prompts include: add your superpowers or kryptonites to this paper, add your preferred communication style, write a fun fact or your personality type.
Depending on the group size, you can stand in a circle and have each person share back their portrait
Or, tape up all portraits on a designated wall.
Walk through the gallery, admiring your colleagues' portraits to learn more about their unique qualities.
Ask a couple of people to share back:
Which portrait resonated with you the most?
What's the most intriguing discovery you made?
What would you like to learn more about other participants?