Final Step - The Two Minute Portrait Painting
The basic idea is to have the students look at their portrait painting and using the same colors, try to paint a creative expression of themselves in two minutes. They will try to use the face proportions they have learned, but will find that there is no time for details.
On a separate canvas, students are to paint themselves in a timed short interval of 2 or 3 minutes only. They should use the same colors that they have previously mixed for their self-portaits for skin color, eye color and hair color, so that they do not have to spend time mixing colors, just applying them.
They can use anything but a paintbrush to try to paint their portrait. These include: cotton swabs, toothbrushes, popsicles sticks, sponges, and sticks. Fingers are often used as students are not used to the other materials. The fun is in trying to create what they had spent much more time on in the past lessons.
The two minute painting is for fun and is for the purpose of creating an expression of their face. About every 30 seconds the teacher should give the time left so students get the basic face parts such as eyes, mouth and hair painted in.