Art Explosion

Webelos_AoL Art ExplosionArt Explosion,
a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

According to the Webelos Den Leader guide, “Many things inspire artists to create their work.  People, nature, feelings, textures (how things feel), colors–almost everything can be an inspiration!  In this adventure, Webelos Scouts will have the opportunity to find what inspires them y visiting an art museum or exhibit and creating their own pieces from any materials they choose.”

Below you’ll find the requirements for the adventure along with links to ideas you can use for your Webelos!

Requirements:

Complete Requirements 1-3.  Requirement 4 is optional.

  1. Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw.  What did you like?
  2. Create two self-portraits using two different techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and computer illustration.
  3. Do two of the following:
    a. Draw or paint an original picture outdoors, using the art materials of your choice.
    b. Use clay to sculpt a simple form.
    c. Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or air dried.
    d. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, papiermâché, or found or recycled objects.
    e. Make a display of origami or kirigami projects.
    f. Use a computer illustration or painting program to create a work of art.
    g. Create an original logo or design. Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or other object.
    h. Using a camera or other electronic device, take at least 10 photos of your family, a pet, or scenery. Use photo-editing software to crop, lighten or darken, and change some of the photos.
    i. Create a comic strip with original characters. Include at least four panels to tell a story centered on one of the points of the Scout Law. Characters can be hand-drawn or computer-generated.
  4. Choose one of the following methods to show your artwork:
    a. Create a hard-copy or digital portfolio of your projects. Share it with your family or members of your den or pack.
    b. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.

17 Ideas for Planning Webelos and Arrow of Light Projects

In the pre-2015 Cub Scout program, the Webelos Craftsman activity badge was my favorite of all the activity badges.  The boys had opportunities to make very fun projects, and they learned valuable new skills in the process.

So, I was a little bummed when I realized that there wasn’t an equivalent adventure in the new Cub Scout program.  As I read through the requirements, I discovered that there are several Webelos/AoL elective adventures that have the boys building or creating something.

These Webelos/AoL projects take time to complete–especially if you pick a project that is a little more advanced.  However, don’t let that deter you from doing the fun projects that the boys really want to do.  Yes, a craft stick picture frame is much easier to make than a cool Pinewood Derby car display, but which one will the boys still have 6 months from now?  Which one will help him learn skills he doesn’t already have? Continue reading

Free Summer Activities for Kids Ebook

free summer activities for kids ebookWhile looking for some summer activities for kids, I ran across a very cool website called Paper Toys.  They have images that the boys can download, cut out and fold to make paper models.  And it’s completely free!

Our Webelos will enjoy constructing their own Porsche 911.  Hmmm…  Maybe I’ll download one of these to give to my husband.  That’s his dream car, and I can say that I gave him a Porsche 911!  🙂

The t-rex is perfect for the younger boys, and Cub Scouts of all ages will love building the 3D model of the Capitol Building.  Check out all of the models that Paper Toys has available. Continue reading