Exploring ways of making portraits with out focusing on the face.
- Hand prompt sheet (PDF)
Print out multiple copies of the hand prompt sheet.
a) Students work in pairs or small groups.
They are asked to:
- Think about someone they are close to, a friend or family member, and act out what they do with their hands. e.g. sister pointing for a younger brother to fetch something, parent kneading dough to make bread.
- Students share these actions with the group
- Facilitator starts a discussion about how much we can gather about a person’s personality from the way they move their hands.
b) Pairs or groups are given a camera.
- Each pair or group is given a hand prompt sheet and tasked with creating 3-5 hand portraits taking inspiration from the sheet.
- They can respond to words, phrases or the images.
- Once a group have a few images from the prompt sheet, they are encouraged to come up with their own ideas.
- choosing new words or phrases, or using the actions from people they mentioned earlier.
- The session ends with each group sharing their portraits with another group or to the whole class.