Darwin Martin House
Scouts are invited to the Darwin Martin House to explore architecture as art. The Martin House boasts beautiful art glass windows, Japanese prints and furniture. The complex itself is a composition, and can be considered an art piece on its own. Scouts will view the site through an artist’s eyes, design their own block print, and learn about the many artist careers that have touched the Martin House. Completion of the pre-visit materials as well as the two hour workshop will fulfill the requirements of the Art Merit Badge.
Please bring all pre-visit materials with you, as you will discuss in small groups.
Parents and chaperones will have the opportunity to go on a separate tour of the Martin House Complex while the scouts are participating in the merit badge workshop for a separate cost of $10 each payable at the Darwin Martin Complex.
To satisfy the requirements for the Art Merit Badge, all scouts must complete the pre-visit activities, and bring all materials with them to the Martin House on the day of the program.
1. Choose an architecturally significant building in your community. If you want to venture to the City of Buffalo, you will find many! Research that building and find out why it is an important building.
2. Visit that site and create a rendering using the medium of your choice:
Sculpture- clay or architecture modeling
Remember- you can sketch the building when you are there, and then do your painting or sculpture once you are home. Make sure you really put time and effort into the piece- you will bring it with you to display to other scouts. Include in your rendering significant views. Are there art glass windows? Are there sculptures at the top? Is there a beautiful door? If so, include it!