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Art - In-Person Class Notes

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

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 (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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 Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Art Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Art merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • Scouts should consider bringing a smock or an old shirt for in-class project work
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Art - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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 for taking notes to help you prepare.

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.

Art Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of May 17, 2022

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations 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 responses is not acceptable since 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
Scouts will need to be able to share their findings on these requirements during the counselor led discussion. Requirements 1a and 1b can easily be found in the Merit Badge Pamphlet. Scouts may find it beneficial to organize their notes for these requirements on a separate sheet of paper or in a Merit Badge Workbook for easy reference during the class.
c.
What art means to you and how art can make you feel
Requirement 1c is not a requirement you will find in the pamphlet, but rather is your own thoughts and feelings. Please be sure to have given this some thought prior to the class. Saying, "art makes me feel good" is not enough to complete this part of the requirement.
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.
Scouts should look up and learn each of these terms and be prepared to share their understanding of each of these terms in class discussion. All terms can be found in the Merit Badge Pamphlet. Some Scouts may find it easier to write down their findings in their Merit Badge Workbook for quicker and easier reference for use during the class.
3.
Discuss with your counselor the six principles of design: rhythm, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity.
Scouts should review their merit badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for discussion in the class about the six principles of design; as outlined in this requirement. It is highly recommended to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes of your findings. Scouts in attendance that have not reviewed their merit badge pamphlet for the principles and/or do not actively participate in the class discussion will find it difficult to complete this requirement.
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. Note that the requirement says A subject, meaning one subject rendered in four of the following methods. Scouts may choose to work on this requirement prior to the class and bring their work to the class.

Scouts will need to do their renderings prior to the class and have them ready to share during the class. Please note that the requirement asks for a single subject to be rendered in four different ways. Note that the requirement says A subject, meaning one subject rendered in four of the above methods.

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.
Scouts will need to choose one of the requirement components prior to the class and prepare ahead of time so that they are ready to share their work during the class.
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.
Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.