1. Get inspired
—> Go to an art show or museum. We went to the Castellani Art Museum for a Saturday afternoon art workshop. Before the workshop started, the artist in charge took the girls on a brief tour of the museum.
2. Paint the real world
—> Paint a portrait of a friend, family member, pet, or yourself. Coincidentally, the workshop we attended focused on pets. The girls either brought a photo with them or chose some the artist provided. They sketched the photos onto newsprint, then re-drew and painted them on heavier white paper.
3. Paint a mood
—>My assistant leader (AL) was in charge of this step, and it was done at a meeting I was not at. She showed the girls several pieces of abstract art that showed different moods. The girls had to say what mood they thought the paintings represented and why they thought that. Then they painted their own abstract picture focusing on one emotion (happy, sad, mad, etc…). My AL wanted the girls to focus on lines and colors instead of concrete objects. Once the girls were finished, they had to guess what mood each others paintings represented.
4. Paint without brushes
—> My assistant leader (AL) was in charge of this step, and it was done at a meeting I was not at. She showed the girls pictures by Pollack and Seurat and had them make pictures copying their styles. She also brought in various items so the girls could make prints.
5. Paint a mural
—> Paint a mural about your Girl Scout fun. The girls paired up to paint panels for our mural. Each panel was an approximately 2’x3′ piece of butcher paper. The teams had to decide what to paint and how to divvy up who paints what. The girls ended up choosing to paint a camping scene and an aquarium overnight scene respectively. The two girls who missed the meeting will paint a picture on their own to be added into our mural.
**Alternatively, you could have each girl paint their own picture on a normal paper-sized piece of card stock, punch holes in it, and string some ribbon through them to make a banner.