Girl Scouts Get Creative

An art museum is a place for the community. They’re accessible and inviting and they’re educational and inspirational.  Museums bring people together.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is proud to partner with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for nearly ten years, to bring arts education and creative opportunities to Girl Scouts.

It’s easy to see why this is one of our longest standing partnerships.

There are opportunities for every level of Girl Scout, from Daisy to Senior and Ambassador, to learn a little about art and spark girls’ creativity.

In October, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1418 attended a “Clay Creations” class with troop leader, Lindy O’Rourke. Lindy has been taking her troops to the Nelson-Atkins since 2011 and loves the activities that her girls participate in.

“I like most about working with the Nelson are the variety of different classes they offer for different grade levels, the cost of the programming (very affordable at $9.00 per girl), and teachers are great with the girls.  The girls always come home with a project, which they are proud to show their parents.  I couldn’t teach the subject of what the class was about for the cheap prices that the Nelson offers.  I like how the Nelson gives the girls a mini tour of the facility depending on what project they are working on.  The girls are always amazed at what the museum looks like,” said Lindy.

Each workshop is a hands-on activity that builds on an experience with pieces of art in the museum. The instructors have a way of bringing the art to life in the galleries, giving the girls an experience they wouldn’t normally get.

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 21 recently attended their very first class at the Nelson this month. The 11 brownies learned the differences between American, Impressionist and Flemish landscapes and tried their own hand at painting.

“The instructors were very knowledgeable and worked well with the girls. They were able to communicate the history behind works of art and art techniques at a level the girls could understand. They did a wonderful job of involving the girls and listening to their impressions of each piece we viewed,” Cory said.

In addition to clay and painting, there are classes on printmaking, drawing, jewelry and mixed media.

Whether you need to work on a step for a badge or are just looking for a unique way to expose your girls to an art museum, the Nelson-Atkins is great for any troop!

“It is important for our girls to explore Kansas City gems like the Nelson-Atkins and appreciate the incredible works of art we have in our community. The Nelson’s educational programs have a great reputation,” said Cory.

For a list of classes currently scheduled, check out the Nelson-Atkins Community Partner page!


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