Crossroads of America
The Artist Activity
badge isn't intended to make an artist of every Webelos Scout, but instead,
help him understand how the artist works and how they express themselves. If
you are not familiar with color charts, design, sculpture, mobiles and
constructions, you should enlist the help of an experienced parent or an art
teacher. Beginner's books on art will also be helpful to you.
Ideas For Den Meetings:
Attend an art exhibit or visit a museum.
Hold an "Art Can Be Pun" night.
Have each boy prepare a color scheme for his own
Make drawings from nature. birds, animals,
Start simple sculptures to be finished at home.
Study a color wheel and practice combining paints.
Ideas For Pack Meeting:
Exhibit drawings, paintings, designs, mobiles.
Demonstrate: Mixing paints; beginning a sculpture;
making a mobile.
Obtain some water
colors with brushes that will be easy for the boys to use, and will not create
the hazard to clothes that other forms of paint might.
If you decide to use
the string art for your design segment, you will need: Hammer, small nails or
brads, scrap wood, felt; colored thread.
purchase the oil-base modeling clay, which will not dry out.
construction consists of collected "garbage," from around the yard, put
together to form a collage. For this, you will need: 1/2 size poster paper,
Elmer's glue; scissors.
For a mobile, you
might use plastic straws as the supporting bars.
For an original
painting, you might like to try water color blot pictures, made by folding a
paper in 1/2, opening it out and applying small dots of paint, then quickly
folding the paper and smoothing it together from the center out, then opening
it up to dry.
Using leaves, paint and your pen or
pencil, you can make an interesting landscape.
Diversification of leaf form is the key to
the basic formation of these designs. Select many leaves and press until
partially dry. Place on a sheet of construction paper until the design and
pattern fits the individual taste and need. Hold various leaves in place with
a straight pin. Lightly spray with various colors as your own individual
creativity dictates. Remove leaves that have provided a stencil effect for
the leaf scapes. Additional artistic effects may be obtained by using a brush
or pen and appropriate colors. Mount and frame as desired. This activity
would be a good way to study complimentary colors or shading and blending from
the color wheel. It is also a way to make a design using both straight and
Press and dry many leaves of various
species of trees. (Leaves can be dried between sheets of wax paper, weighted
down with heavy books.) These leaves are carefully glued to construction
paper and are again pressed to insure their adhesion to the paper. As leaves
dry, their colors are frequently lost.
1/4" x 2" x 2" block of pine
Drill and 1/4" bit
Toothpicks (round or flat)
Paint (red, yellow, blue)
Cut an artist palette from a small piece
of wood. Drill a 1/4" hole where shown on the illustration. Smooth all edges
and paint white. Use 1/2 a toothpick for the paint brushes. Dip each tip in
a different color of paint. Allow to dry and the drop of paint will appear to
be the brush bristles. Epoxy the brushes into the hole as shown. Epoxy the
plastic pipe on bottom of the palette. Drop some fairly thick acrylic paint
onto the palette to look like to artist's paint.
If you feel the need for help, call in: Talented
parent, neighbor, art teacher or commercial artist.
Local colleges and high schools are a good source
for art displays of all kinds. Watch for announcements of traveling exhibits
in the society section of your local newspaper.
Remember that Boys' Life and your BSA
publications are continually adding to the list of ideas that can be utilized
in this exciting badge area.
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