Art Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.
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Preparation Page

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Art Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Art Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST!  If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Blue Card Process

Please check out this page for the Blue Card Process:

Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process

Art Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Art Merit Badge Workbook
Art Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Art Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Art Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Scouts should consider bringing a smock or an old shirt for in-class project work

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general expectations for participation in a Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Class.


Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements.  An example to note:


"Tell", "Explain", "Describe", and "Discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class.  When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading off responses is not acceptable, it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. What art is and what some of the different forms of art are

b. The importance of art to humankind

c. What art means to you and how art can make you feel


2. Discuss with your counselor the following terms and elements of art: line, value, shape, form, space, color, and texture. Show examples of each element.


3. Discuss with your counselor the six principles of design: rhythm, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity.


4. Render a subject of your choice in 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

This requirement will be done during the class under the guidance and direction of the merit badge counselor/instructor.


5. Do ONE of the following:

a. Design something useful. Make a sketch or model of your design. With your counselor's approval, create a promotional piece for the item using a picture or pictures.

b. Tell a story with a picture or pictures or using a 3-D rendering.

c. Design a logo. Share your design with your counselor and explain the significance of your logo. Then, with your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, put your logo on Scout equipment, furniture, ceramics, or fabric.

This requirement will be done in the class however Scouts should come with an idea for their useful item, the story they want to tell, or logo in mind. Time will be allotted in the class to finalize the design and share with the counselor and class. Scouts may want to get a head start on this requirement by sketching out their idea to start with to ensure they have enough time to complete this requirement as a part of the class.


6. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.

Scouts may work on this requirement prior to the class, but please note that the counselor reserves the right to accept or deny your work on the basis of meeting the expectations of this requirement to their satisfaction.

Scouts should bring proof (a note signed by the host, your parent, teacher, Scoutmaster, or other) to help validate their completion of the visit noted in this requirement. Ideally the note could/should be signed by someone from the museum, gallery, exhibit, or workshop you visited. Pictures and items from your visit are an ideal way to capture this experience and will help enhance your presentation and discussion with the counselor and other Scouts in the class.

Scouts not having done preparation work on this requirement will have an opportunity to review options with the counselor to pursue after the class.


7. Find out about three career opportunities in art. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2020