Girls’ Camp Activity – Minerva Teichert Paint by Number Pointillism

Girls' Camp Activity - Minerva Teichert Paint by NumberWhen I saw this Girls’ Camp Activity, I immediately asked if I could share it. It is such an incredible object lesson. The young women had no idea what they were creating. Each girl was asked to complete a small paint by number on a piece of paper. Each paper looked like nothing but colored dots. But when it was all put together, the picture became clear. It was a gorgeous pointillism portrait of the Savior.

Allen Berg created the pattern and tiles, and then Miko Baca was nice enough to give further instructions on how she put it all together. Some other stakes have done this same activity as well. If you have done this project before, I would love to include any other tips or advice.

Girls’ Camp Activity Minerva Teichert Paint by Number Tutorial



1. Allen Berg created two templates. One for “Christ in a Red Robe” and one for “Rescue of the Lost Lambs.” You can download the files from his site. If you are having trouble, let me know and I can help get you a copy.

You can see the “Christ in a Red Robe” one above and the “Rescue of the Lost Lambs” should look something like this.

Girls' Camp Activity Rescue of the Lost Lambs Pointillism

2. Print the PDF in color on regular card stock. The youth will need the color key on the side to know which colors to use. For this activity, Miko had them printed at Office Max to keep the colors consistent instead of using her home printer. There are 108 tiles (squares). PRO TIP: When printing on cardstock at a copy center, you can save a ton of money by bringing your own cardstock for them to print on instead of paying their cardstock rate.

3. After they are painted, each tile will be cut out and you will lose the labeling on the front. So make sure to label the grid letter and number on the back of each one.

4. Buy acrylic paints at your local craft store. They used the following colors, but you may need to substitute depending on what is available. The first page of the PDF includes swatches of all the colors that you can use to find alternative colors if needed.

A – espresso bean/burnt umber
B – charcoal/grey storm/pewter grey
C – burgundy
D – black
E – latte
F – rainy day grey
G – dark red
H – coffee
I – vivid pink
J – burlap
K – toile
L – pale grey
M – earth brown
N – taffeta pink
O – Christmas red
P – royal fuschia

Miko said she bought 4 bottles of paint per color and it was way more than they needed. She would recommend only buying three bottles per color. She ended up spending about $48 on paint.

5. Label each bottle of paint with the paint letter from the color key.

6. Get Q-tips for painting or small brushes. Miko bought two packs of Q-tips and then stuck them in plastic cups at the paint station.

7. Buy mini sauce cups with lids (Target, Amazon) to divide paints up for paint stations.

8. Label each mini sauce cup with the paint number. This worked out great because they had a big group and about 30 leftover tiles to finish. This allowed them to hand out the right paint color to each individual.

9. Have each girl paint the tile by dipping the Q-tip in the paint and making a dot on the corresponding paint letter. They had over 120 girls at Girl’s Camp for the 108 tiles. They set up 3 paint stations with the mini sauce cups, Q-tips, and tiles. It takes about 45 minutes to finish a tile. Not all the girls wanted to do one and some didn’t finish.

They broke the project up to give them time in between to finish the tiles and glue everything on. However, other Young Women groups who have done this and had each girl come up one by one to add their tiles to the plywood.

10. Once the tiles have dried, cut out each tile. Since the edges are jagged, this takes forever. It will be easier if you have each girl cut out their own tile.

11. Buy a piece of 6×4 foot plywood, foam board, corrugated plastic, or cardboard to use as the base. Miko used plywood and spray painted around the edges first to give it a frame.

12. Assemble the tiles in the right order using the key. Use a can of spray adhesive to glue the tiles to the board. As you glue and place tiles together, fill in any bare spaces with paint.

The Big Reveal

They didn’t tell the girls what they were painting, which made for a fun reveal later on. However, some girls threw their tiles away in the trash because they didn’t like how they turned out and didn’t know each tile would be needed. They had to count them all after they collected them and reprint the ones that were thrown away, about 7 or 8.

But they used the missing tiles as part of the object lesson at the reveal. They revealed the painting at the Girls’ Camp evening program with 4 empty tiles and then added the missing tiles as they spoke about how sometimes we feel like what we contribute doesn’t matter, won’t make a difference, we don’t show up or we get frustrated when we can’t see the bigger picture/plan of what God is doing in our life.

Miko said it was a TON of work, but definitely worth it. There were so many powerful lessons they were able to teach from it.

Rescue of the Lost Lambs

Natalie Jacobson did the “Rescue of the Lost Lambs” painting for her girls camp and it came out great!
Rescue of the Lost Lambs finished painting

Natalie said, “It was an incredible experience for the girls to paint and assemble. And then we literally had the Savior with us for the remaining days at camp, it was awesome! It added so much to our camp experience!… We displayed the picture in the church foyer a couple Sundays ago when I spoke in Sacrament Meeting, along with a few of the young women and another leader. It was awesome to have it there and for members of the ward to see something that we had worked so hard on!”

Thank you so much for sharing with us Natalie!


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73 Responses

  1. Amy Huber says:

    Hi! I am interest in doing the Minerva Teichert painting activity. I am having trouble with the links to the projects. Can you please send me the pdf information for Christ in a Red Robe PDF?
    Thank you

  2. Kat says:

    Could you email me a link for Christ in the Red Robe? This is an amazing activity

  3. heidi Payne says:

    Hello! Would you please send me a link to the red robe template also? Thank you.

  4. Natalie says:

    could I please get a pdf for the red robe template. This is such an awesome activity. thanks

  5. Amanda says:

    We would love to use this for Girls Camp! I also can’t get the links to work. Would you send me the files please? Thanks!!

  6. Kate says:

    I would also love this PDF. I tried to find it on the website, but couldn’t. Thank you!!

  7. Ashley says:

    Love this idea! Looks like the links aren’t working. If you get a chance could you send me the files? Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Tiffany Gunnerson says:

    Hello! I am hoping to
    Get the link for the lost sheep one? Could you email it to me please?

  9. Tamara Rowley says:

    I’d love to get the links for both the paintings, such a beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Betty says:

    Hi. I would love to love to get more info on this project. We would love to do it at our camp in July. Do you mind emailing the PDF and letting me know where I Could get more info for everything. Thanks so much!

  11. JoLyn Stevens says:

    Hello! I would also love an email with the pdf’s if you’re still willing to share! Would love to do this at a family reunion next month. This is amazing!

  12. Angel says:

    Love this! Could you please email me both pdf’s?
    Thank you!!

  13. Monique says:

    This is such an awesome idea! Can you send me both pdfs as well?

  14. Natalie says:

    Hi! I would love to do this at our upcoming girls camp!! Neither link is working for me. Would you mind emailing me the one for Rescue of the Lost Lamb? Thanks in advance!

  15. Lisa says:

    Hi Angie,
    Will you please email me both pdfs as well? Thank you so much!

  16. Jannah says:

    Hi, can I get the PDF of the lost lamb? We want to do this for our YW camp this month.

  17. Krista says:

    Love this so much! Can I get a copy of the files? Would love to do this at girls camp! Thank you!

  18. Kristy says:

    I would love a copy of the Christ and the lamb project for YW Camp, but the links are not working for me. Can I get a copy of the file?

  19. Laura says:

    I could not download the files. Could you send them to me??? I love this so much!!

  20. Betsy Long says:

    I would love a copy of the Christ and the lamb project for YW Camp, but the links are not working for me. Can you please send me a copy of the file?

  21. Adreanne says:

    This is such a beautiful activity! I’d love to do this for our family Christmas dinner/reunion. If it’s not too much trouble will you email the files to me? Thank you!

  22. AMS says:

    This is beautiful! Could I get the files, please?

  23. Michelle Perry says:

    Love these so much!! Would you send me both links please.

  24. Carrie McCrory says:

    I’m having issues with the links not working, and I would love the links to both of these pointillism paint by number pieces. Please and thank you!!

  25. Carrie McCrory says:

    I would love to have both file links. When I click on the current link above, it isn’t working, could you please send me an email with working links to access both of these pointillism paint by number activities.

  26. Bonnie says:

    I can’t make the downloads work either. Would you be able to send them to me?

  27. Anne says:

    Please can you send me the links for the Minerva Tiechert paint by numbers? I saw the Lost Lamb one at Camp Alpine (Oregon) and thought it was super cool. There was so much awesome texture in the final result because everyone approached the painting differently. I wish I had taken a picture to share!

    • Angie says:

      I just sent them in an email. I wish you had gotten a photo too! I have been wanting to see the end result of the Lost Lamb. Thanks!

  28. Jason says:

    Hi, same here! The links aren’t working. Can you please email them to me?

  29. Shannon Sundberg says:

    Can I please get a copy of the templates? What a powerful idea. Thank you!!

  30. Sherri says:

    Would love to get the info to the website for both paintings if you don’t mind. Thank you

  31. Heidi says:

    Hi! Could I get both files? I love this so much! Thank you!!

  32. Carolyn larson says:

    Would you mind sending me both links to the paint by number mosaics of Christ? (Christ in a red robe and rescue if a lost lamb). I saw a finished one today and I can’t get it out of my mind! Thank you!

  33. Sue Jensen says:

    Thank you very much for sharing however the 2 links are timing out for me every time I try. If you could also send me a pdf or a link to both pictures to try that would be awesome. I am in Australia and see this as being a wonderful group activity in my ward. Thank you in advance, Sue Jensen

  34. Marsha Smith says:

    This is a beautiful project!
    Could you possibly email me the info for both pictures?
    Thank you so much!

  35. Sendai says:

    I would like the links, please.

  36. Chantel says:

    Please can you send me the links for the Minerva Tiechert paint by numbers? This looks like an amazing activity. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  37. Claudia Eufemia De la Cruz says:

    Thank You for sharing such a Great Activity. I couldn’t download it, would You send them to me. I Will apprecciate your help.

  38. Heidi L says:

    Hello! I just want to be on your email list for this project!

  39. J Morris says:

    Can you send me the files, please? I can’t get the links to open. Thank You!

  40. Julie says:

    This is so amazing. Could you please send me the files for the Christ in a red rob?
    Thank you so much!

  41. CIndy McClelland says:

    I would really appreciate these files also. What a great project!

  42. Katie Gauger says:

    I love this! I am sharing to my extraordinary ministering Sisters Facebook Group, but can’t find access to the PDF. Would you please email me the ODF if this Minerva Teikert painting by number?

    • Angie says:

      I have sent you the links via email. However, when sharing via social media I ask that you share the link to the blog post and not to the individual PDFs. I did not create the pattern and tiles. So I want to respect the ownership of the files by not sharing them publicly. However, I will share them privately for personal use. Thanks!

  43. Tiffany Ganem says:

    I love this idea! I am having trouble getting the file to open. Could you email it to me?

  44. Rachel says:

    Can I get the files also? Thank you!!

  45. Deborah J says:

    I also could not download. Please send links for both pictures. This is an awesome activity.

  46. Kate says:

    I can’t seem to download it either. Please send files.
    Thanks so much!

  47. HM Denhalter says:

    I have been unable to download a copy of Christ in a Red Robe. Is it possible to get the proper link to that download? Thank you so much!

  48. Lori says:

    Can I get the file for Rescue of a Lost Lamb?

  49. Paula Chugg says:

    It looks like sharing this is becoming quite a job for you! I would love to ask for links to both of the pictures if possible. Thank you so much, you are doing all of us such a service!!

    • Angie says:

      It is no problem at all 🙂 I just sent you an email. I did not create the pattern and tiles. So I want to respect the ownership of the files by not sharing them publicly. However, I know that lots of people want them, so I will share them privately for personal use. If you share with others or on social media I ask that you share the link to the blog post and not to the individual PDFs. Thanks!

  50. April Frayde says:

    Hello! I am also not able to download the links for these projects. Could I possibly get the files? You are so kind to help everyone, this is a beautiful project!

  51. Please send me the links as well. This looks like a lot of fun!

  52. Tiona Gorman says:

    I am also having trouble with the links. Could you send the instructions to me via email.
    This looks amazing!!

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