Chalk Arts Festival

Out and About

This coming weekend is the Chalk Art Festival. It will take place in Downtown Denver on Larimer square. To find further details please visit their website: This is a wonderful event to see artists of all levels creating works of art on the pavement of Larimer square. Bring the family, and take time to look at the drawings.

While looking at the bright colors and different pictures, think about what you would draw if you were a chalk artist. Some things you may want to think about:

  • What colors do you see?
  • What are the pictures of?
  • What would you draw if you could be one of these artists?
  • What do you think happens to the artwork when it rains?
  • Is this artwork meant to stay here forever or will it eventually disappear?

Spend time soaking in the sights and getting inspiration for your own work because when you get home it is your turn.

Your Turn

Now, that you have gotten all sorts of ideas, pull out that sidewalk chalk and draw your own wonderful pieces of artwork on your driveway or sidewalk.  If you want more of a challenge and a wider range of color, use chalk pastels (found at your local craft or art store) instead of the side walk chalk. This is the type of chalk that the artists at the Chalk Art Festival use for their masterpieces.   Please be aware though that chalk pastels tend to be more expensive than sidewalk chalk, so you may want to reserve this chalk for accent of colors in your drawings.  If you are like me and don’t have access to a sidewalk or drive way, never fear.  You can use a large piece of paper such as poster board, or butcher paper, or glue together several pieces of paper together to form a larger paper (which is what I did) to create your chalk art drawing. Just be sure to use your chalk outside as it tends to be rather messy.

This is an example of something you could do

When doing this project with your children, challenge them to work on a large scale. Children often work on small piece of paper in their drawings, so this may be a fun challenge for them.  Older children especially may have trouble working this large. As children get older, they tend to become obsessed with detail, and their drawings will get smaller. While this is an important developmental stage, it is also a good challenge for them to work on the larger scale.

When your artwork is done, have a discussion with your children about what will happen to your artwork, and how it won’t stay around forever.  Ask them why someone would spend all that time working on a piece of artwork, only to have it be washed away by the rain or run over by a car. There is no “right” answer to this question, but it’ll be interesting to see what they say.

Above all have fun at the festival and with your own chalk art drawings. I would love to see what kinds of drawings you and your children come up with. Please share them and your feedback at the end of this post. Please note though that Inquisitive Lantern will approve all posts for their family friendly content before they become public.

Thank you and happy experiences!



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