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    Art Merit Badge

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    Art Merit Badge is one of the easiest programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    Most young love to do Art, and many have probably had to do lots already for school requirements. Highly recommend for young scouts and it is quite easy for scouts to complete without much assistance.

    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    Why Do Art Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject?

    This merit badge concentrates on two-dimensional art, specifically drawing and painting in various media, including an introduction to design applications in the fields of graphic arts and industrial design, history and design principles, and how these fields relate to fine art.

    Art is Fun!
    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!

    B) Patrol Leader Plan & Setup Aids
    Prepare Your Patrol Plan - FUN Starts Here:

    10 Tips for Merit Badge Counselors
    Get the most from your Merit Badge Adventure.
    This is a popular mentoring topic for Scout Moms or anyone with an interest in handicrafts.

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Start working your Merit Badge here:

    C2) Prerequisites: Art Supplies
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    Art Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

    Art Merit Badge D) Patrol Activity
    This patrol activity may be combined with a Field Trip Plan. It is recommended that the patrol activity take place in a artist's studio where you have the necessary supplies to do activities in Req #4 and #5, plus getting tour credit for Req #6. and #7.

      Req #4: Artistic Renderings (4):
      Render the Subject in your choice of FOUR of these ways:

        a. Pen and ink
        b. Watercolors
        c. Pencil
        d. Pastels
        e. Oil paints
        f. Tempera
        g. Acrylics
        h. Charcoal,
        i. Computer drawing or painting.

      Req #5: Creative Design:
      Do One of the Following:

        Model Design
        Picture Story
        Logo Design

    F) Field Trip
    Recommended tour of artist's studio which may also double as a location for the activities above. Look for the following activities.

      Req #6: Artist's Workshop Tour: - "visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's workshop."
      Req #7: Artist Interview - learn about career opportunities and requirements.

    Art Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the artwork activities as well as to discuss the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.


    Extra Credit:
    The story created for Req #5 could also be used towards any of the following: The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community could be given as a Communications #3 five-minute speech using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story and Art #1 to tell a story which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.

    The Art merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.


    If you like doing Art, then check out it's close cousin, the Animation Merit Badge.


    H) Art Famous Quotes:

      Scott Adams (Creater of Dilbert) - Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
      Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philopher) - The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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