Scouts

Can't Wait ©1972 Boy Scouts of America

“Can’t Wait,” 1972, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©1972 Boy Scouts of America.

Norman Rockwell Museum’s
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Guided Visits and Workshop
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Boy Scout Programs

Highlights of the Collection Guided Visit

From his first interview with the editor of Boys’ Life magazine in 1912 to his last painted scouting illustration published in 1976, Norman Rockwell enjoyed a long relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. During their visit to the Museum, scouts will explore the extensive collection of original Norman Rockwell art to discover how the artist used visual imagery to tell stories that captured and reflected 20th-century American life. Throughout the visit, scouts will look deeply at a variety of iconic Rockwell paintings and engage in lively conversations that will lead them to a fuller understanding of the artist’s work, life, and enduring legacy.
Length: One hour
Fee: $5 per boy scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Art Merit Badge Discussion Tour
satisfies requirements 4 and 5
During this guided visit through the Museum’s collection, scouts will discover Norman Rockwell’s artistic process and the illustration techniques he used for over 60 years to create his enduring images. Scouts will also learn about various museum-related careers, including curatorial work, art education, and visitor services, through direct contact with professionals in these areas. Scouts should come prepared with questions for the staff members they will be interviewing.
Length: One hour
Fee: $5 per boy scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Art Merit Badge Art Workshop Additions
Scouts can complete their Art Merit Badge by completing three Art Workshop Additions with the Discussion Tour. These workshops are designed to further develop scouts’ art skills while giving them an opportunity to explore their creativity. All materials are provided.
Length: One hour
Fee: $5 per boy scout for each Art Workshop Addition when combined on the same day as the Art Merit Badge Discussion Tour; $7 per boy scout when booked without the tour. Chaperones and group leaders free.

A note about planning your visit
To complete all badge requirements in one day takes approximately five hours with a lunch break. To complete two of the options takes approximately two hours with an optional lunch break.

Art Workshop Addition Option 1: Create and Design
satisfies requirements 1 and 2
This art addition will involve scouts in two distinct activities:
• Create: Draw or paint a picture that tells a story or uses 3D rendering. Using Rockwell’s art as inspiration, scouts create narrative or realistic works.
• Design: Scouts will design something useful or a logo. After the workshop, scouts will explain their design to their scout master and they will use it in either a promotional piece or on a personal possession (e.g., logo on one’s own equipment or clothing).

Art Workshop Addition Option 2: Drawing and Watercolor
satisfies requirements 3, letters b and c
In order to understand the unique qualities of different art materials, scouts in this workshop will create two artworks using different materials: pencil on drawing paper and watercolor on special watercolor paper.

Art Workshop Addition Option 3: Tempera and Acrylic Paints
satisfies requirements 3, letters f and g
The individual qualities of two different types of paint will reveal themselves through this workshop, during which scouts will create two paintings: one in tempera on tag board and one in acrylic on canvas board.

Call 413-298-4100, ext. 260, or e-mail scouts@nrm.org for more information or to reserve your program.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum’s Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scout Programs

"Good Scouts (Portrait of a Girl Scout)," 1924, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978).Cover illustration for "Life" magazine, November 6, 1924. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections.

“Good Scouts (Portrait of a Girl Scout),” 1924, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978).
Cover illustration for “Life” magazine, November 6, 1924. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections.

Brownie Try It Programs
Colors and Shapes
The secrets of Norman Rockwell’s paintings will be revealed as Brownies discover how the artist used simple color and shapes to create his enduring images that capture 20th-century American life. After a guided visit of the galleries with discussions focusing on the artist’s mastery of colors and shapes, Brownies will create two Try It art projects using tempera paint: Stencil Stampers and A Rainbow of Colors. All materials are provided.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per Brownie, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Write Away
Inspiration for creative writing abounds in the art of Norman Rockwell, who used images to tell stories about the world around him. During an extended guided gallery visit, Brownies will discover some of the many stories in Rockwell’s art, and then use the paintings to inspire their own short stories exploring characters and their actions. Try It activities will include at least two of the following: Group Giggles, All About Me, and Become a Reporter. All materials are provided.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per Brownie, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Girl Scout Guided Visits and Workshops
Discover and Connect Guided Visit

Explore the Museum’s extensive collection of original Norman Rockwell art to discover how the artist used visual imagery to tell stories that captured and reflected 20th-century American life. Throughout the visit, scouts will look deeply at a variety of iconic Rockwell paintings and engage in lively conversations that will lead them to a fuller understanding of the artist’s work, life, and enduring legacy.
Length: One hour
Fee: $5 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Take Action Art Workshop
Using the Museum’s Norman Rockwell and illustration art collections, scouts will tour the galleries to view and discuss a variety of artworks, talk about career opportunities in museums, and participate in a hands-on art workshop based on their gallery discoveries. This multi-faceted program will broaden the scouts’ awareness of the world of Norman Rockwell, illustration art, and museum work while giving them an opportunity to develop their art skills.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Junior Badges Programs
Drawing and Painting Badge
Capture your creativity! After an inspirational guided visit of the galleries exploring Norman Rockwell’s original paintings with discussions focusing on his art-making techniques, juniors will unleash their own creativity through two drawing and painting art projects. Drawing and painting badge activities will include at least two of the following: Primary-Secondary, No Brushes, In Shape, What’s Your Line, and Shades of Color.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Visual Arts Badge
Discover the some of the many rules, techniques, and tricks artists use when making works of art. In-gallery discussions based on the art of the Norman Rockwell and the Museum’s changing exhibitions combined with hands-on experiences will deepen juniors’ understanding of the creative process. Visual arts badge activities will include at least two of the following: Color Wise, Color Your Mood, Black and White, One Color, Many Shades, Still Life, and Tour It.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Write All About It
Sharpen your writing skills using original works of art to inspire the creative use of language. Norman Rockwell’s highly detailed paintings will provide the inspiration needed for juniors to write their own original prose while fulfilling selected badge requirements. Activities will include at least two of the following: Story Starters, True Fiction, A Pocket Full of Poems, and Good News.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Interest Projects Programs

Museum Discovery
Discover the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell artwork. This program will focus on Skill Builders #1, a gallery experience followed by a behind-the-scenes tour and a discussion of the museum’s mission. Career Exploration #1 can also be added upon request. Scouts should come prepared with interview questions for Museum staff. Available interviewees will be identified during the reservation conversation.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Visual Arts
Develop your visual arts skills through a visit to Norman Rockwell Museum. Depending on the length of program requested, Skill Builders options will include: #3, create a painting or drawing; #4, visit a gallery and do an art activity; and/or #6, practice using composition, color, and design or light and shadow in your artwork. Career Exploration topic #6 will be met though using Norman Rockwell as the artist in focus.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.

Once Upon a Story
Original art and a love of storytelling can inspire many different types of writing. Depending on the length of program requested, Skill Builders options will include: #2, describing life in the future for one of Norman Rockwell’s characters, and/or #4, writing poetry inspired by the works on view. Service Project #4, writing a humorous story, may also be included.
Length: Two hours
Fee: $8 per girl scout, chaperones and group leaders free
Minimum group size: 8* ;  Maximum group size 18.
Call 413-298-4100, ext. 260, or e-mail scouts@nrm.org for more information or to reserve your program.

* The minimum group size is 8 scouts. Groups smaller than 8 will be accommodated; however, you will be charged for a minimum of 8 participants excluding troop leaders.

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