Visual Arts Badge - Author Janet Valcho & BHSGSU          Back to Junior Programs

Complete these activities:
1. Find out about primary and secondary colors. Make a color wheel and explain it to others. What are complementary colors? Practice mixing colors to make new ones. Create a picture using all the colors on a color wheel and some of the new colors that you created.

2. Make a design or picture using only black and white. Look for examples of drawings, advertisements, and photographs that are in black and white instead of in color. Share some of these with others. See if you can figure out why the artist or photographer chose to use black and white instead of color.

3. Look for design in everyday objects. List at least 10 different designs you can find in nature (example: a spider web) and 10 different designs that are man-made (example: unusual buildings). Make a drawing of one of the designs you see.

Nature DesignsManmade Designs

4. Visit one or more places where you can see many types of visual arts. You could visit a museum (such as the NJ Center for Visual Arts - 68 Elm St, Summit, NJ 908-273-9121), an art exhibit, an art gallery, a gift shop, a department store, a card shop, an art collector's home, an artist's studio, an art show or festival, a ceramic studio, a class in weaving, embroidery, or crewel work, or an advertising agency or graphic design studio. If possible, visit a place where you can see the artist at work.

5. Create a visual arts work that shows different feelings or emotions. Try to use color or form to show happiness, sadness, calmness, joy, excitement, or any other emotion.

6. Create a still life picture. Collect a variety of objects with unusual and interesting shapes, such as: shells, rocks or jewelry. Place them on a blank piece of paper and trace around them. You may also want to glue some of them to the paper. Complete your design by coloring in the traced objects.

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