Each participant will start a portrait (head or full body), of a real person or an imagined one, on an 8×10 board (foam core or matte board). This portrait will be mailed to the next person on the list, who will add another part of the portrait. Once the portrait makes its rounds, it will return to the first participant, finished and ready for framing!  As with other projects, each artist must (MUST) mail projects by the first and fifteenth of the month and must (MUST) email Charlotte a photo of his or her contribution. Artists without cameras and/or email should arrange with a friend or the subsequent artist to take the photo.

A note regarding “rules”: Since this is meant to be a quick and fun summer project, the simplest way to add to the portraits is for each artist to add one feature–the eyes, the ears, the nose, etc. with collage materials cut from magazines. But initiating artists can set whatever specific rules they would like.

Finally, thanks for Jim for suggesting this project idea!


Initial artists:

1. Start with an 8 x 10 base. This could be foam core, illustration board, matte board, or anything appropriate for your project.

2. Begin your portrait. Collage will probably be easiest, but you could also draw, paint, write, sew—anything that is basically two-dimensional (so it can be mailed easily).

3. Come up with a title and write the title on the back. Sign the back, too. It would also be helpful to add a note identifying your contribution.

4. Write any specific instructions for your portrait, such as specifying a medium, asking subsequent artists to be realistic or abstract, or assigning specific tasks to each subsequent artist.

5. Take a photo and email it to Charlotte.

6. Mail your art piece to the next person on the list in sturdy enough packaging so that the same packaging can be re-used by each of the remaining recipients.

Subsequent artists:

1. A few days after the 1st or the 15th, you will receive the art piece. Add to it, sign the back, and mail it on to your recipient. What do you add? If the initiating artist has given specific instructions, follow them; otherwise, add anything that inspires you. The only request is that you don’t unduly burden the following recipients in how they have to package the piece for further mailing.

2. Take a photo of the piece and email it to Charlotte, who will post it to


You will have each art piece for about two weeks, with mailing deadlines on the 1st and the 15th of each month. This is important, as it will keep all pieces moving at the same pace and will ensure that the projects get completed at the same time.

Charlotte has created a mailing order. If you will be traveling and not able to receive or send mail, it’s fine to arrange for a “sub”—a friend or perhaps asking an arting arounder who is not participating this round to stand in for you. If you will be at another mailing address during the project, just let your mailer and mailee know.

Two more people in the same household can work as a single artist, or they can work separately one after the other or in a different order or different group.

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