An excellent way for a Scout to express himself and an opportunity for
him to try working in a few art media.
To allow Webelos to experiment with
different art media. To give boys a sense of pride and accomplishment in
their work. To familiarize Webelos with the color wheel. To introduce Webelos
to various art supplies.
Challenges: The Artist Activity Badge isn't intended
to make an artist of every Webelos Scout, but instead, help him better
understand how the artist works and what he is trying to express.
Color charts, dishing, sculpture, mobiles and constructions,
you should enlist the help of an experienced parent or an art teacher.
First projects should be simple.
SCOUT MERIT BADGES
TO GO; WHAT TO DO
Visit an Art Museum and/or
Arrange to have a local architect explain
his business to your den. Have him show how to read a blueprint.
Have each Webelos make a logo for himself
or his family. He can get inspiration from looking at business logos. Use
various drafting tools to make a design.
Invite the school art teacher to demonstrate
various art media.
Reproduce a pattern using a grid technique
and make a project.
Have the boys design a patch for a council,
district, pack, or den activity. Learn how embroidered patches are made
and how colors are used.
Design a Badge-a-Minit button and make
several to commemorate a special occasion.
Attend an art exhibit or visit a museum
Hold an "Art Can Be Fun" night.
Have each boy prepare a color scheme
for his own room.
Make drawings from nature (e.g. birds,
animals, flowers, trees, etc.)
Start simple sculptures to be finished
Study a color wheel and practice combining
Sponsor a den or pack art show that would
encourage all boys to create something in various media for judging and
display. Invite parents to judge and be part of the fun. Create awards
for the judges to give:
MOST KALEIDOSCOPIC -- using all or at
least many different colors.
MOST TRANQUIL -- anything that looks
MOST AUTOMOVISTIC -- relating to cars,
hot rods, trucks, etc.
MOST ACHROMATISTIC -- meaning free from
color, a black and white picture.
MOST CAPTIVATING -- catches your eye.
MOST SYMBOLIC -- representation of a
symbol or emblem.
MOST DUPLICITIC -- a double, in pairs,
using two as part of the design.
MOST NATURALISTIC -- anything to do with
nature: trees, flowers, animals, etc.
Eye are funny things, sometimes they
can fool you. Here is proof.
Get some pieces of brightly colored paper,
cardboard or cloth, Be sure the colors are bright.
Use red, green, blue,
yellow, orange and violet.
Cut 3 inch circles from the colored sheets.
You'll need a sheet of black and a sheet of gray or cardboard too.
Go outdoors and in the bright sun light
or sit under a bright lamp indoors. Put the red circle on the black paper
and look at it steadily for at least thirty seconds, be sure that you don't
move your eyes. Sometimes the experiment works better if you shut one eye.
Now take the red circle away and continue looking steadily at the black
background. You should see circle on it, but the color will be green, not
Try the experiment again, with a
gray instead of a black background. The gray will also appear green. Turning
off the light or moving into shadow sometimes increases the effect.
Try again, using a green circle. The
afterimage will be red. Use a blue circle and the afterimage will be orange.
An orange circle will give a blue image. Yellow will give violet and violet
will give yellow.
We say that opposites are complementary
colors, We can arrange them in a circle as shown here. The order of colors,
starting from violet to blue is the same as in the rainbow. Many of the
beautiful effects in paintings come from the action of afterimages.
The afterimages case
from "retinal fatigue". The eye can get tired, just like a muscle. It gets
tired from looking at just red. And so, when you take the red away, the
retina of the eye tries to see just the opposite, or complementary color,
Look at the circle again and see if you can determine the afterimage or
complementary color to red-orange. What about blue-green?
Paint each can a different
color, then fill each can with equal amounts of hot water. Add food coloring
to the hot water, mixing drops of all the colors together to get black.
Put a thermometer in each can, then record the temperature every three
minutes until the water cools. Make a graph showing your results. Which
color held heat best?
COLOR HOLDS HEAT?
4 juice cans
poster paint: white, black, green and
hot water, close to boiling
On a piece of cardboard, draw a design.
Since the American Indians are the foremost exponents of sand painting,
an Native American scene or design could be used. Indicate on the design
the colors which are to be used. Color clean sand with food coloring. Cover
the area to be "painted" with white glue and then pour on the proper color
of sand. Shake off excess. Work with only one color at a time, and if the
area is large, do it in several pouring. The painting can be framed if
Or you might like to try a free-hand
sand painting. Cover entire cardboard with white glue. Then add colored
sand hers and there, forming an abstract design. The cardboard should be
small, so the glue won't dry before you're through. This is an interesting
technique and can turn out some unusual designs.