There are many faces in designing a building or other space. Architects, engineers, and decorators all play a part in completing a new space for use. These careers may be intriguing to young girls but only if they get to know more about them. Earning the Building Art Try-It helps girls explore these careers in a fun, educational way. To earn this Try-It girls must complete four activities. This plan is designed for troop completion, however, it can be done individually as well. We will work with a variety of spaces starting with one room and working all the way up to an entire neighborhood. My plan starts with the individual piece of one room and continues to grow upward to the neighborhood, however, you can arrange the order in the way it best fits your troops needs.
1. Troop meeting place
This is where the girls will get to create their ideal meeting place. The plans could include things that they need for every meeting so that they will never have to travel and no one will have to bring anything to the meeting.
To start, get a poster board and either you or one of the girls can stand and be the artist. If each girl wants to participate, then they can be allowed to come up and draw their ideas on the board. You should first make an outline on the poster or have the edges be the boundaries. Then whatever they come up with to have in their meeting place, it can be drawn into the space. Make sure to have colored markers available for design possibilities.
Talk with them as they are planning this space to make sure there is some type of sitting space, an eating space, and a craft space if those are things you do at each meeting. They may also want to think about having a library, computer area, garden, or even a swimming pool in their space. They can add beds for sleepovers as well. Whatever their minds can create, let them put it in this space. It is important to note that they need to pay attention to the arrangement to make sure they can easily move around in their space. One idea would be to have removable pieces for them to create their furniture on so that they can place and then move around later if they decide to do that.
2. Building for the future
Have the girls make a drawing or model of what they think a building will look like in 100 years. Let them choose from public service places that are familiar such as a police station, hospital, library, or school.
It is really neat if they all do the same one and then compare with each other to see what different ideas the other girls had for that particular building. Or if they would rather, they can all pick their own building or even have the whole troop design one building together.
Make sure they think about ways people are going to move around in the building and the different technology that will be used inside and outside that particular building.
3. Create the “real thing”
Have the girls create the building from #2 using only tape, paper, and scissors. This may get complicated depending on how detailed their future buildings were created on paper.
If you think time will be an issue here, have the girls choose one of the building designs and work together as a troop to create different sections of the building and then piece together.
This can get really fun if they use their imagination and take their time creating all the little details of the drawing. It will be amazing to see how they can cut out shapes and designs for their building.
By the way, when they are making their drawing in #2, do not tell them that they will have to cut out this model at a later time. If you do, they may tend to make their drawings more simplistic and it will be less fun for them.
4. Create your neighborhood
So far they have made an ideal meeting place and a futuristic building, now they will need a neighborhood to put these into. This is a very fun activity for the girls to use their imagination and creativity.
Make sure you have a lot of craft supplies on hand to do this because they can get very creative when making different landscapes and buildings.
Depending mostly on time and items available, you can either work with a drawing here or an actual 3D model. Also, keep in mind that girls can all create their own neighborhoods or you can make one large one as a troop.
No matter what way you will make your neighborhood, let the girls think about all the thing they have in their neighborhoods and what they will need to put in theirs. As they are working, question them to see if they have places for health and safety of the people and entertainment facilities as well.
If they make their own neighborhoods individually, have them show their designs to the other girls and explain what they created. If they did it as a troop, invite the parents to come in and let the girls show off the group neighborhood to their families.
This can be a great way to get the girls to express their creativity and have something they feel proud of when finished if they take their time and work to the best of their ability.
With all the drawing and creating that is necessary for this Try-It, it should not be done in one meeting time no matter how long the meeting. The reason is because you want to give them a lot of time on each portion to think about what they are going to do and then to work carefully and diligently at creating it so they do a good job and take a sense of accomplishment when they are finished. This Try-It is well worth the time and effort and girls will look at it for years to come on their vest and never forget the activities they did to earn the Building Art Try-It.