Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part One of Four

 

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! Let’s start by getting inspired.

Option One: Take an Art Walk Through Your Home

Art can be found anywhere, including in your home! Get inspired by the art you walk by every day, but don’t always have the time to stop and appreciate.

Materials:

  • Blank piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens/Pencils/Markers

Directions:

  1. Make a simple “art journal” to record your observations about the art that you find around your house. Watch our “how to” video for step-by-step instructions for making your own “art journal.”
  2. Look for any art that is hanging on the walls of your home.
  3. Discover art that might be sitting on shelves or tables.
  4. Check hallways, bedrooms, on the outside of the refrigerator, and even in bathrooms for any art you might have missed.
  5. Write down your observations about the art that you find. Here are some questions to get you started:
    1. Are there paintings? Photographs? Drawings? Sculptures?
    2. Are the artists who created these works famous or are they members of your family?
    3. Where in your house is most of the art located? Is it all a specific type or style of art?

Bonus: Draw an “art map” that shows the locations of some art in your house.

Option Two: Explore Two Virtual Art Museums

Did you know that you can explore some of the most famous museums in the world from the comfort of your couch? You can even explore art made by other kids! The International Museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway is just one of many museums which you can visit virtually.

  1. Use a blank piece of paper as a simple “art journal” in which you can record your thoughts and observations! Watch our “how to” video for step-by-step instructions for making your own “art journal.”
  2. With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online and virtually tour two amazing art museums.
  3. In your art journal, you can:
    1. Sketch some of your favorite pieces that you see during your tour, or
    2. Try to answer questions like: Which museum is your favorite? Do you have a favorite painter? What type of artistic movement do they belong to?

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.