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Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Painting Badge

paintingBadgeOne of the badges I’ve wanted to tackle for my troop is the Painting Badge but I’ve been putting it off for a while. My Brownies voted on this badge last year. I’ve had my ideas/plan all written out for this badge but I  knew that the supplies needed to earn this badge take a toll on the budget pretty quickly. also the meeting place we had really wasn’t an ideal place to paint at (not to mention the clean up involved).

Well thank goodness for a new art studio that just rolled into town, the Palette Station. They have absolutely saved me when its comes to this badge.

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This art studio is very different from other art studios in town. This is a drop -in art studio, with no commitments to scheduled art classes, you use their art supplies, get assistance from an artist, draw, paint, or color whatever is inspiring to you and they clean it all up, for just $10.00 an hour, per person.

I was pretty excited to hear about this studio, not only for my girls but for my Troop. I quickly setup an appointment with the Owner, Ray, he was so accommodating.  I called him told what I needed to accomplish and set up an appointment to talk with him and visit the studio.

When I walked in the following day, I found an inviting and bright location filled with inspiration. He was so prepared when I arrived for our appointment, he already had all the requirements and a game plan for my troop.

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When my troop arrived, the Palette Station staff had prepared a beautiful welcome sign for my Brownie Troop (that I will proudly display and use through the year for other troop events). My Brownies where obviously as excited as I was. The Pallette Station staff had arranged three separate areas set up and ready to go.

Girl Scouts – Legacy Painting badge requirements: 

1. GET INSPIRED: Learn more about the paintings you like and the artists who painted them.

2. PAINT THE REAL WORLD: Painting what’s around you is the first step to becoming an artist. Pick one choice and try to painting something from the real world.

3. PAINT A MOOD: Some painters create “abstract” art. They don’t paint objects or people. They use shapes, lines, and colors to paint a feeling or mood.  Pretend you are an artist who is trying to paint an emotion. Paint what you think one of these moods would look like.  Remember, it’s your idea, so it’s OK if other people don’t see it like you do!

4. PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES: Who says you have to use brushes? Try painting with one of the things below.

5. PAINT A MURAL: A mural is a really big painting that tells a story.  Murals are something painted on buildings (some take up whole city blocks!) Do you have any murals in your town? If not, team up with an adult to look at some online.  Then create a mural on butcher paper (or many pieces of paper taped together).

They started with one of the artist giving them an explanation of art and quick tour, they than moved onto a still life display and painted on canvas, they discussed how to paint a mood using colors and painted and did some finger painting station, lastly they all worked together to create a Troop mural.

Throughout the night, my Brownies were at times very focused , very passionate, very excited and very liberated while working on their art projects.  I loved watching them work on their troop project. All of them were huddled around it, all participating, all them felt free to express themselves without any expectations or preconceived ideas of what their art should look like.

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I apologize if this post sounds like an advertisement for this art studio but I have to thank the Palette Station for not only making this badge painless and worry free for me but for making this badge so much fun for my Brownies. They put together an awesome program for us and my Brownies loved it. If you are in or around Tustin/Orange County, this is the place to get this badge completed. They are reasonable and they take care of everything for you.

Congratulations Troop, consider this badge earned!

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Girl Scout Brownie Potter Badge

potterbadgeFor our second meeting of the Girl Scout Year, my Brownies earned their Potter Badge. This is one of the things the girls elected to do with the money they earned from cookie sales.

We visited Muddy’s Studio to complete this badge. This was a great introduction to the art of clay and creating pottery.

The steps of the badges are as follows:

1. Find some Pottery

2. Get to know Clay

3. Make a simple Pot

4. Make an Art Piece

5. Paint and Glaze

Muddy’s Studio is true professional ceramic studio. Muddy’s Studio a 5,400 square foot, fully equipped studio. We saw some beautiful creations, gorgeous pottery, sculptures and children’s art work.

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 To earn their badge my Brownies where each given a ball of clay, they where able to play with clay, get familiar with the feel and the smell of the clay and make some basic shapes. The teacher then proceeded with directing the girls on how to make a pinch pot. Each girl was to complete the process on their own and they all did great!

Next, they turned their inch pots into decorative animals. they each created legs, and faces and attached them to their pinch pots. It is amazing how creative all my Brownies are. Next, they painted their creations. Some with very muted colors are others where filled with colors. The entire process took about two and half hours. Their projects will be ready to pick up in about two weeks, I can’t wait to the finished products.

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Clay has been around for thousands of years. People who study history have found ancient clay art and everyday objects. Work your way through these steps to become a clay artist yourself.

From Brownie  – WOW

The purpose of this badge is that once earned, they will be able to make their own projects out of clay. Consider this badge successfully completed!

 

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Back to Scouting and my Girl Scout Leader Jitters.

I have the most adorable Girl Scout Troop! 11 bouncing Brownies, full of energy, opinions and spunk.

Tonight, is our first meeting after taking a summer break. At our end of year celebration in June, I fully intended on getting together for at least one meeting during the summer…but we didn’t. Summer was busy and I took my Girl Scout Leader hat off, I’m glad I did. I really needed the rest, leading a troop meeting can be exhausting.

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10 of my brillant Brownies at Carol Fallon Riding Center

As I am preparing for tonight’s meeting I find myself feeling nervous. Why I am feeling so jittery about leading 11 girls through an 1.5 hour meeting? Quality. I really believe in the Girl Scout program. I love what it does for the girls and the opportunities it presents. I want to give them the best experience, the best quality I can possibly provide.

I want them engaged, learning and having fun. I want them to want to be involved in Girl Scouts, even if I’m not their leader. So, I feel the pressure of providing good content. I’m usually exhausted at the end of meeting because I give it everything I’ve got for those 1.5 hour meetings, which is good but exhausting. These girls  have no idea how much they motivate me to do better.

Tonight’s meeting agenda is set. Today, I will be shopping for everything needed to complete our badge work and I will (as I always do) continue thinking of ways to make it better….all day.

As with all things in my life, I am my biggest competition. My jitters come from a desire to have these girls look back at these times as some of the most refining times in their lives. So, with this in mind – please pray for me and I’ll update you on our meeting next week.

Until then, Happy Scouting!

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Girl Scout Brownie meeting – end of year celebration

Last night was our end of year celebration for my Brownie troop. The majority of the of my Brownies voted on having a “candy” party at the park. They wanted to eat candy,  play games, to have no parents or siblings in attendance, have music to eat pizza and have more candy.

I went to target and bought brightly colored plates, napkins, tablecloths and cutlery that all went in line with their “candy” theme. I bought popcorn, cookies and of course, candy. My head was spinning walking through the candy aisle. I had text my co-leader to refocus. I kept walking through the aisle, I couldn’t  think anymore. Not only is this stuff unhealthy, it’s expensive.
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Thanks to her, I was able to refocus and complete the shopping. I ordered 2 pizzas from Costco and (for my sanity) bought a veggie and fruit tray, which almost all the girls ate.

Here’s my agenda for the party:

Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30

Playtime at the playground

Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35

Flag, Promise and Law

Snack/Dinner: 30 minutes/6:35-7:05

Pizza time/Candy time

Games/crafts: 25 minutes/7:05-7:30

Make Felt Pipe Cleaner bubble wands and have some bubble time

Balloon Games

Frisbee Golf

Family/Closing Time: 15 minutes/7:30-7:45

Pass out Badge Bags

Special Thank You’s to parents who went above and beyond

Here’s how the party actually went:

Bubble time (without the pipe cleaner bubble wand craft) playtime at the park, eat, playtime at the park, get badge bags, special thank you’s and it was over.

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So much for all the planning. It was their party, they re-planned it and had fun. One girl said “this is the best party ever”. This party was definitely girl led!

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