Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Brownie Badge: Painting

Our troop worked on the Brownie level Painting badge and completed all five activities in one meeting. They are a very artistic and creative group. The girls were extremely excited about the painting activities. I really didn't think we'd get it all done in 1 1/2 hours, but they did.

Project 1: Paint a canvas/modern art
Supplies: Canvas, masking tape, washable paint, brushes

Project 2: Paint without brushes (Spin Art)
Supplies: Spin Art machine with batteries, paper, washable paint

My step daughter had a Spin Art machine and we thought it was so cool. One of the Painting badge requirements is to paint without brushes, so we did Spin Art. 

I actually cut glossy white card stock in the sizes we needed, instead of using up all the papers that came with the machine. We also used just regular washable kid paint, rather than the paint that came with it. They turned out great. 


Project 3: Paint the real world (portrait, outdoor landscape, still life)
Supplies: Watercolor paper, watercolor paints, brushes, cups of water, paper towels for blotting brushes

The girls were given a sheet of 6x9" watercolor paper and asked to paint something they have seen in the real world. They could paint a landscape, a portrait, or an object. It just had to be real and using the real colors, so no purple cows.

Project 4: Paint a mood (abstract to show calm, happy or angry)

Supplies: Watercolor paper, watercolor paints, brushes, cups of water, paper towels for blotting brushes

Once again, the girls were given a sheet of 6x9" watercolor paper and paint supplies. This time, they had to choose a mood and paint an abstract to show that mood. I stressed that most of the time you relate black to sad, yellow to happy, blue to calm, but they were free to interpret colors however they chose. Art is interpretive and I wanted to make sure they were given the freedom to create.

Project 5: Look through paintings books and find a fave
This was by far the least messy. My wonderful husband went to the library and checked out a few fine art books. We flipped through the books together and discussed the different types of art. It was interesting to hear the girls point out what they liked and didn't like. By the end of the third book, they each could say what style they really liked and hopefully had a appreciation for the different styles, too.


  • You have to complete five activities to earn the Painting badge. Since paint takes a little while to dry, we pushed snack time to the end of the meeting. 
  • I also structured the painting items in the order of which ones I felt would take the longest to dry to least amount of time. 
  • For the first and second project listed, I actually gave the directions for both projects at the beginning. My co-leader stayed at the canvas table station and I had one of the girls at a time come to the spin art station. This worked great for us. 
  • We also had an area set up for drying that was separate from where they were painting. We didn't want to chance any spills or splatters ruining a masterpiece.
  • Our girls were familiar with the terms abstract, landscape, still life, etc. because they had been studying it in Art class at school. If your girls aren't familiar with the terms, you may want to look through books first with them to show them the styles before creating the paintings. 

The whole meeting outline can be found here: 


  1. I love your creativity and your blog! Thank you for taking the time to document your ideas for us. It helps make me a better Brownie Leader!

  2. How did you do requirement #5 - Paint a Mural? I am looking for a creative way to fit this into a meeting, however it is so big I am not sure what to do with it when we are done. We meet in a public space at the library and cannot leave it out to dry.

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

    1. We did a sidewalk chalk mural! :)

    2. We did a little research on cave paintings and are doing a cave painting outdoors with homemade paints!

  3. Our troop has decided to paint a mural this fall, with a Thanksgiving theme, and then donate it to a local nursing home to use as a decoration. We will also paint placemats for the residents to use.

    Thank you for the other great ideas!!

    1. Do you know what will you paint the mural on? Paper/canvas? I'm worried that the paper I had planned to use will rip too easily.

  4. I like the placemat idea...I was thinking of doing a fall project with them this might work out...We meet on a community center so not sure what all we can do yet..

  5. The mural requirement is OTT for Brownies in my opinion. I have no idea what I'm to do with a wet, newly-painted mural on paper (as suggested in the book) at the end of the meeting. Not practical. I'm hoping to find some great idea somewhere soon!

    1. If at all possible with a large mural, do the mural outside and remember that paint brushes aren't always the only thing used which will get the paper really wet... how about foam/sponge stamps? And murals come in all sizes... my girls did a 16x20 "team painting". They each added something to it and we have a "micro mural". It's all about interpretation and making it work for your space and time. The main agenda behind the mural is for some teamwork and awareness of large size art.

  6. Good point about the teamwork aspect - it's so obvious, but I didn't think of it that way! I'll stop worrying about exactly what they paint and focus on having them paint something together. Thanks. :)

  7. For the mural, we used a large paper roll from Micheals ($4.99). It worked out well.

  8. How many meeting do you suggest it takes to earn the badge? 1 meeting per step? Or combine how many steps in a meeting?

    1. We had meetings that were 2 1/2 hours long, so we got most of a badge done in one meeting. You'll have to adjust that based on the length of your meetings and the number of girls.



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