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Webelos
ARTIST ACTIVITY BADGE

ARTIST REQUIREMENTS

 

Purpose:  An excellent way for a Scout to express himself and an opportunity for him to try working in a few art media.

Objectives:  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. 

Resources:  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. 


RELATED SCOUT MERIT BADGES

  • Architecture,

  • Drafting,

  • Pottery,

  • Model Design and Building.

WHERE TO GO;  WHAT TO DO

  • Visit an Art Museum and/or art galleries

  • 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.


DEN ACTIVITIES

  • 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 at home.
  • Study a color wheel and practice combining paints.

ART SHOW

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 restful.
  • 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.

 

AFTER IMAGES

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 red.

  • 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.

Color CircleWe 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?

WHICH COLOR HOLDS HEAT?

Materials needed:

  • 4 juice cans
  • poster paint: white, black, green and red
  • hot water, close to boiling
  • 4 thermometers
  • food coloring
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?

 

SAND PAINTING

 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 you like.

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.