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AAAH: CHALK WALK
September 21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CHALK WALK is here again! We’ll have professional artists working on reserved squares of blacktop, and PLENTY of chalk for everyone to add their own design to the community pathway. Stroll through Heritage Park and check out large-scale works in progress. There will be tons of fun photo ops! In case of inclement weather, we’ll have the Chalk Walk on Sunday, September 22. We’ll have 4’ x 4′ squares on the pavement and sidewalk. These will go to artists who register through the form below (first come, first served! Have questions or want to learn more? Check out more info below or email email@example.com). We’ll supply chalks, rags, knee pads, and drinking water! There will, of course, be plenty of chalk and room for passers-by to join in the fun.
AAAH: CHALK WALK!
Saturday, September 21 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Artists start their work in the morning – come later in the afternoon to see the finished work!
Harborwalk at Heritage Park, Downtown Belfast
(Rain date Sunday!)
Use the form below to sign up!
Throughout the year, All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH) events engage area youth and families through community-building “art parties” with memorable, themed, multi-sensory art experiences for all ages. AAAH events are led by Bridget Matros, Waterfall Arts’ Youth & Family Outreach Manager.
Waterfall Arts’ Youth & Family Outreach Program is made possible by local business sponsors Bangor Savings Bank, The Green Store, Little River Veterinary Clinic, Sundog Solar, and CG Bikes. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Onion Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, as well as individual donors.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There will be about 12-15 artists working on our stretch of the Harborwalk, with maybe ten feet between your 4′ x 4′ squares.
We’ll have rags, chalks, a gardener’s knee pad, and a folding chair for you.
There will be a few youth volunteers on hand. At least one will be a “runner”—you can give them a chalk you need more of (they run out fast!), hand off colors you don’t need, ask for a water refill, or anything else. PLEASE do not hesitate to put them to work! It’s more fun for them when they are busy and feel needed!
HOW TO PREPARE
We recommend having a drawing ahead of time AND trying it out with chalk on blacktop if you can. Just sketching out some outlines may give you a feel for whether your idea has too much detail for a surface that isn’t totally smooth. The magic of chalks is in the blending so experiment with blending colors, shadows, and highlights.
Two ways of transferring your own artwork or recreating an image or famous art piece are the pounce method or using a grid. To do this, I’d create or print a square image, and divide it into 16 equal squares. (Divide in half both ways, and split those sections in half again.) You can draw the same grid on your sidewalk square. Then you just need to copy one square at a time. Look at the images on this post for some clarity.
OR, wing it. But at least have an idea of what you’re going for, sketch it out, and simplify details.
- Pavement EATS chalk. To create a smooth, full background of color AND create a nice base layer for other colors, lay down chalk by rubbing it sideways across the surface then rub the dust in circular motions with a rag (provided 🙂 ). Your chalk will go A LOT further, and your color will be smooth.
- You can also use sidewalk chalk paint! Directions for making your own will be posted on our Facebook event page. Super easy to make and BOY does it make things easier! It fills in the holes on the blacktop, too. No black speckles!
- Chalk needs to STICK. Once you build up so many layers, you’ll just have powder sitting on top of powder. Rub in your chalk, blow off the dust, and beware of laying on color too thick if you want anything on top of it!
STAY TUNED TO THE EVENT PAGE and be in touch with any questions!
End goal: FUN TIME OUTSIDE PLAYING WITH CHALK!
In the end, it’s all going to wash away. Enjoy the process!!!