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This is the Art merit badge for Scouts, Lone Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts.
Venturers can earn the Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award
Scouts, Lone Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts can also earn the Graphic Arts merit badge.

Art merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 021
Requirements revision: 2013
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013


This merit badge concentrates on two-dimensional art, specifically drawing and painting in various media, including an introduction to design applications in the fields of graphic arts and industrial design, history and design principles, and how these fields relate to fine art.

Art merit badge requirements

  1. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    a. What art is and what some of the different forms of art are
    b. The importance of art to humankind
    c. What art means to you and how art can make you feel
  2. Discuss with your counselor the following terms and elements of art: line, value, shape, form, space, color, and texture. Show examples of each element.
  3. Discuss with your counselor the six principles of design: rhythm, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity.
  4. Render a subject of your choice in FOUR of these ways:
    a. Pen and ink,
    b. Watercolors,
    c. Pencil,
    d. Pastels,
    e. Oil paints,
    f. Tempera,
    g. Acrylics,
    h. Charcoal
    i. Computer drawing or painting
  5. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Design something useful. Make a sketch or model of your design. With your counselor's approval, create a promotional piece for the item using a picture or pictures.
    b. Tell a story with a picture or pictures or using a 3-D rendering.
    c. Design a logo. Share your design with your counselor and explain the significance of your logo. Then, with your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, put your logo on Scout equipment, furniture, ceramics, or fabric.
  6. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.
  7. Find out about three career opportunities in art. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Art is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Art requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Art merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #5a, 5c, 6.
  1. The Art merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
  2. Art is a popular merit badge.

Requirement resources

1. Tell a story with a picture or pictures or using a 3-D rendering.

Video Lesson: How to Make Clay Sculptures
The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community

could be given as a Communication #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story
which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.
2a. Graph paper is provided in the workbook (PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Microsoft Word DOC document).

Lesson Videos: How to Draw - Online Drawing lessons

2b. Permanent marker is often used but also consider stenciling and silk screening.

Silk Screen: How to Silk Screen - Lesson Videos: Wonder How To: Silkscreen print a t-shirt
Stencil: How to Stencil - Lesson Videos: Wonder How To: Stencil

3a. Pen and ink: Pen and Ink Illustration - How to Use Pen and Ink to Draw a Cartoon Character
3b. Watercolors:Lesson Videos: Introduction to Watercolors - Lesson Videos: Watercolor Painting
3c. Pencil: Lesson Videos: How to Draw - Online Drawing lessons
3d. Pastels:Lesson Videos: How to Draw with Pastels
3e. Oil paints: Lesson Videos: Paint with Acrylics Oil Painting
3f. Tempera:Lesson Videos: Sample Tempera Painting Project
3g. Acrylics:Lesson Videos: Introduction to Acrylics - Lesson Videos: Paint with Acrylics
3h. Charcoal: Lesson Videos: Drawing with Charcoal
3i. Computer drawing or painting:

National Gallery of Art: JUNGLE - Create an interactive imaginary landscape online
National Gallery of Art: Flow - is a motion painting machine.
National Gallery of Art: PixelFace - is an interactive portrait maker and drawing board.
National Gallery of Art: PaintBox - Choose a background image or start with a blank slate, then draw something.
Complete the Picture - Practice drawing using part of a picture from a magazine.

4. Art Museums in the US - Wikipedia: Art Museums in North America
5. Art Careers - More Art Careers - Careers in Art History (UC Santa Cruz)

Related awards

Art-related awards
Hobby-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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