Life Skills

Junior Drawing Badge Activity


Experiment with Different Materials

Find out which drawing medium you like best.

Activity Details

Time needed: 30-60 minutes

Materials needed: 

  • A still life object
  • Drawing paper or regular paper
  • 3 kinds of drawing tools (called mediums): colored pencils, regular pencils, charcoal, ink pen, markers, pastels or crayons.

Activity:  Set Up Your Artist Area.  Near your object, choose a surface where you will draw.   Set up your drawing tools (mediums), and paper.

Ready to draw? Look at your object and decide how you will begin to draw it. Experiment with different mediums. What you use to draw with can have a major effect on how your picture looks—and you might find you enjoy using some materials more than others! Find your favorite drawing tool—called a “medium”—by sketching the same still life three times, with a different medium each time. (A still life is an object that doesn’t move, like a bowl of fruit or a vase.) 


Try black and white. Draw your still life three times: with black pen, black colored pencil, and charcoal or regular pencil. 


Use color. Draw your still life three times: with colored pens, colored pencils, and crayons or pastels. 


Mix and match. Draw your still life three times with any combination you’d like. (Make each one different.) You might mix in chalk or outline color with black for a new look.

When you have finished your still life drawings, sign them at the bottom.  Clean up your artist area and put your drawing tools away so they can be used again. 

Will you give your favorite drawing a title like most artists do?  Which drawing medium did you like using best?  Share your painting with your family when it dries!  

Note: Girls, volunteers and families are encouraged to take the time and space they need to adjust to this period of rapid change and uncertainty. When they’re ready, we’re here to support Junior Girl Scouts to safely take action in their communities—whether it’s helping ensure kids are still getting the nourishment and enrichment they need out of school, responding to the possible ramifications of isolation during social distancing, adapting an existing project to positively impact local communities today or something else entirely! 

Troop Leaders:  The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your  Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from Step 1 of the Junior Drawing badge. Purchase the badge booklet to complete all requirements and earn the badge.