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Gold Award Girl Scout: Brittney Smith, Colorado Springs, ” Exploring an Artist’s Viewpoint”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project,  I wanted to empower and inspire my community and local artists. To achieve this dream, I created an annual art show tradition, at my high school, to showcase student art. The student art that is showcased targets a worldwide issue or a controversial perspective. These projects have allowed people to connect with others through their similarities and differences, and open people’s perspectives on a worldwide issue. For my art show, I was able to achieve these goals through art in a unique and non-verbal way. I created eight different ocean-themed sculptures on Altoid mint cans. These cans represent how sea animals turn our trash into their homes. The idea of ocean pollution is a controversial subject, but something that needs to “sea” change.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

To vocalize this controversial topic, I hosted an art show for the public to discuss their opinions and different perspectives. At my art show, I used surveys to see and prove that art can bring different perspectives together and inspire others.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

I created an art show curriculum to continue to inspire other artists and people for years to come.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

This curriculum has been sent out to all of District 20 in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Fine Arts Center, and the National Arts Honor Society.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I have not only learned about other people’s perspectives, but I have learned many things about myself too. For example, I learned that I tend to put more on my plate than what I can handle. During this project, I was working three different jobs, going to college as a full-time student, and somehow made time for the gym and the ones I love.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Although I had way too much on my plate, I am proud to say that I persevered and earned my Gold Award. This award will help me earn dental scholarships and future jobs. I am currently completing my first of 14 years of college to become an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, and every scholarship helps.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience? 

By earning my Gold Award, I can say I completed Girl Scouts. The satisfaction of finishing something that once appeared so much bigger than myself is what continues to drive me as a person, artist, and G.I.R.L.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

To be a G.I.R.L. a person must be gusty, iconic, robust, and loyal. My Gold Award has helped me become more brave, different, strong, and more of a leader.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Aarzoo Aggarwal, Aurora, “Girls are SMART (Scientists, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Researchers, Talented)”

What did you do for you Gold Award Project?

I created a program called Girls are SMART (Scientists, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Researchers, Talented), during which I instructed a young group of girls in elementary school to make art projects utilizing STEM topics. We made chromatography butterflies, constellation boards, salt watercolor painting, painted pinecones, and drip art. After each project, we discussed the science behind the project and had some amazing women from the School of Mines talk with us about their lives as women in STEM. At the end of this virtual five week session, we had a virtual art show to showcase all of the girls’ beautiful and creative STEM art work.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on you target audience?

I measured the impact my Gold Award project made on my target audience, girls in elementary school, through trivia sessions and the activity on my website. After each session, we played a few rounds of trivia that included recap questions about the content that we had just gone over. I was able to gauge what topics the girls understood and what they didn’t through how many of them answered correctly. This was a fun way to engage young girls and measure the impact of my Gold Award virtually. Additionally, I was able to keep track of the activity on my website which allowed me to see how many girls were accessing my resources and learning.

How project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after you involvement?

Girls are SMART is sustainable because of its partnership with the Colorado School of Mines. They have added a link to my website to theirs, which reaches out to a larger audience. I have many resources on my website such as the five project videos that I made, a curriculum for the science behind each project, interactive slideshows for young girls, and much more! Because the School of Mines’s SWE program promotes my resources to become a member of Girls are SMART, my Gold Award will continue to make an impact.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project’s global/national connection is its link to the national SWE program. The national SWE program will similarly promote my resources on their website, allowing more and more young girls to access my projects and resources and learn about the ubiquitous reach of STEM!

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout the course of earning my Girl Scout Gold Award, I learned so many things about myself that if I were to write it all out it would never end, but one of my main takeaways from this amazing experience was that I realized that although I might be afraid to venture out of my comfort zone, in the end I find it surprisingly enjoyable. My curiosity drives my love for experiencing new things, even if they scare me at first.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will have a great impact on me for the rest of my life. Not only will I remember the wonderful memories from teaching and communicating with young girls forever, but I will also be less scared to take risks and try new approaches. I will always remember that if you don’t try something new and explore your curiosities you can never grow.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of you Girl Scout experience?

Earning my Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I was able to culminate all of my experiences from selling Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door in the cold, to exploring the wilderness and making s’mores. By combining all of these unforgettable journeys, I made another memorable memory that marks an important step in my Girls Scouts experience. Although earning my Gold Award is not the end to my time as a Girl Scout, earning my Gold Award is an amazing way to complete this era of being a Girl Scout.

How did earning you Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L ( go -getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader) because I learned the necessity of exploration, which has been an idea that has continued to grow since the day I began Girl Scouts. Had I not explored numerous possibilities and been a risk-taker, I wouldn’t have come up with the idea for Girls are SMART. Although everything that I tried didn’t work out, being a risk-taker allowed be to then become an innovator. I had to come up with creative ways through which my Gold Award would have the impact I wanted it to.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Art With Girl Scouts – Denver Metro – Virtual

In this free four-part series, your K-3 girl will complete an engaging art activity at home. She’ll enjoy interacting with other girls in a creative environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. In each session, girls will complete one activity and receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity in between sessions. Your girl can attend all four sessions, or simply try one activity.

Families who register will receive a supply list the week before each session and a link to the virtual meeting. Activities are designed to be completed with low-cost, easily accessible materials. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

The Art With Girl Scouts event will be held on Thursday’s, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each session will feature a different activity.

Please select from the dates below:

  • November 12 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, November 10)
  • November 19 – (Registration end date: Friday, November 16)
  • December 03 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 01)
  • December 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 08)

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/art_with_girl_scouts_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If the deadline has passed, or if these dates don’t work for your family, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. If you are registered, please ask me how you can join our Girl Scout Art Club!

 

Art With Girl Scouts – Denver Metro – Virtual

In this free four-part series, your K-3 girl will complete an engaging art activity at home. She’ll enjoy interacting with other girls in a creative environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. In each session, girls will complete one activity and receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity in between sessions. Your girl can attend all four sessions, or simply try one activity.

Families who register will receive a supply list the week before each session and a link to the virtual meeting. Activities are designed to be completed with low-cost, easily accessible materials. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

The Art With Girl Scouts event will be held on Thursday’s, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each session will feature a different activity.

Please select from the dates below:

  • November 12 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, November 10)
  • November 19 – (Registration end date: Friday, November 16)
  • December 03 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 01)
  • December 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 08)

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/art_with_girl_scouts_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If the deadline has passed, or if these dates don’t work for your family, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. If you are registered, please ask me how you can join our Girl Scout Art Club!

Art With Girl Scouts – Denver Metro – Virtual

In this free four-part series, your K-3 girl will complete an engaging art activity at home. She’ll enjoy interacting with other girls in a creative environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. In each session, girls will complete one activity and receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity in between sessions. Your girl can attend all four sessions, or simply try one activity.

Families who register will receive a supply list the week before each session and a link to the virtual meeting. Activities are designed to be completed with low-cost, easily accessible materials. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

The Art With Girl Scouts event will be held on Thursday’s, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each session will feature a different activity.

Please select from the dates below:

  • November 12 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, November 10)
  • November 19 – (Registration end date: Friday, November 16)
  • December 03 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 01)
  • December 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 08)

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/art_with_girl_scouts_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If the deadline has passed, or if these dates don’t work for your family, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. If you are registered, please ask me how you can join our Girl Scout Art Club!

Art With Girl Scouts – Denver Metro – Virtual

In this free four-part series, your K-3 girl will complete an engaging art activity at home. She’ll enjoy interacting with other girls in a creative environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. In each session, girls will complete one activity and receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity in between sessions. Your girl can attend all four sessions, or simply try one activity.

Families who register will receive a supply list the week before each session and a link to the virtual meeting. Activities are designed to be completed with low-cost, easily accessible materials. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

The Art With Girl Scouts event will be held on Thursday’s, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each session will feature a different activity.

Please select from the dates below:

  • November 12 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, November 10)
  • November 19 – (Registration end date: Friday, November 16)
  • December 03 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 01)
  • December 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, December 08)

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/art_with_girl_scouts_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If the deadline has passed, or if these dates don’t work for your family, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. If you are registered, please ask me how you can join our Girl Scout Art Club!

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Art Club: Origami Kusudama Flower

CSA Art Club is back for Fall 2020! Join us twice a month on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. We’ll get creative together and work on new projects like origami lotuses, self-esteem paintings, and matchbox art! Upcoming Meetings: October 20; November 3 and 17; and December 8. Register here.

Join us in creating pieces like this origami kusudama flower.

  1. Gather five square pieces of paper.
  2. Using one sheet, fold into a triangle by folding the bottom corner to the top corner.
  3. Fold the triangle into a diamond by folding the left and right corners to the top.
  4. Take the flaps and fold them outward to the left and ridge edges of the diamond.
  5. Open one side and insert finger into pocket of flap and squash down. Do both sides.
  6. Fold down the corner tips and fold triangles in half.
  7. Gently glue to sides together, forming a petal.
  8. Repeat steps with remaining paper and glue petals together!

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.

Girl Scouts at Home: Senior Collage Artist Badge Part Three of Five

Earn the Senior Collage Artist badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! This badge is an opportunity make art as unique as you are, so get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects.

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.

Girl Scouts at Home: Senior Collage Artist Badge Part One of Five

Earn the Senior Collage Artist badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! This badge is an opportunity make art as unique as you are, so get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects. For Step One, we are going to explore collage and we have two activities to help you do that. For both of these activities, you will need a computer (with internet access), lined/notebook paper, and a pen.

Option One: Get Inside a Collage Artist’s Head

Find out what it takes to be a collage artist. Dive into the minds of at least two modern-day collage artists and pay attention to their inspirations and creative processes. Write down your observations.

Which artist do you identify with the most? Which colors or artistic elements jump out at you from their pieces? What are the artists’ motivations for creating collage art? Start brainstorming about what elements you would want to use in your own collage art.

Option Two: Understand the Fundamentals of Collage

Collage art is as unique as the artist who creates it. Some collage artists use magazines and other ephemera, some use vintage books, and some use elements from nature. So, what makes a piece of art a collage? Why are found objects so important in collage art? Read-up on the basics and history of collage and come up with what you think are three tenants of collage art.

Feel free to do your own research, but if you need some reading suggestions, you can start with one of these articles:

Bonus: What treasures does your home hold? After learning what collage art is, hunt around your house for potential materials to include in a collage. Search for inspiration in magazines, newspapers, food wrappers, cloth scraps, or even old books that your family isn’t using anymore. Gather elements that stand out to you and start an “idea box” for a future mixed-media masterpiece.

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.

Girl Scouting at home: Outdoor Art Explorer badge for Girl Scout Juniors

Hi, my name is Juliette! I earned the Outdoor Art Explorer badge. The requirements for this badge can be downloaded from the Girl Scouts of the USA website. To earn this badge, there are five steps.

  1. Exploring outdoor art
  2. Making something
  3. Finding music in nature
  4. Being a nature photographer
  5. Designing with nature

The purpose of the badge is to find the art in nature and create your own. There were three choices under each step and you just have to pick one!

  1. The first project I did was paint a picture of a sunset and an elephant. This represents the first choice under step 1, create art inspired by wildlife. I used a canvas, taped the sides to create a border, and then painted the sunset and elephant. 
  2. For step two, while my paint was still out, I took a wooden spoon and painted a small meadow on it. This activity represents the section option under step 2, making something with wood.
  3. Step Three was to find music in nature. The second option was to make rainy day music, so I played “rain rain go away” on the piano. If you don’t play an instrument, you could sing outdoors or even create your own instrument.
  4. Step Four was to be a nature photographer and play with light for the first option. I found a place outdoors and I took 3 photographs at different times: one at 10 a.m., one at 3 p.m., and one at 8 p.m., this is how they turned out. You can see how the shadows change and the colors change based on the position of the sun throughout the day.
  5. Step Five is designing with nature. For this, I went outside with a piece of paper and took different shapes in nature and used the shadow to create art.

If you are a Girl Scout Junior and want to do this badge, go for it! There are so many options to choose from, so be creative, get outdoors, and have fun!

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.