CHALK ART FEST RUles and Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in becoming an artist at this year’s Chalk Art Fest. This event is designed to celebrate artists coming together to share their creativity and talents with the community. Before participating in the event please read the information and rules listed below.
Registration deadline………………………………… May 27, 2023
Event Dates……………………………………….June 24 & 25, 2023
Works must be completed by 2:30pm on June 25 to be eligible for judging
CHALK ART RULES
- Artist(s) are required to check-in and work on their art both days of the festival to qualify for awards.
- Artists will be assigned an 8' x 10’ section of pavement on first come, first serve basis upon arrival. Artwork that is to be judged must remain within the space provided.
- Youth category will have a smaller 6'x6' square and will be judged separately from other categories. *At least one team member must be 12 years of age or older and all team members must be 17 or younger by the time of the competition to be eligible for youth category award.
- Artists may create original works or reproductions of other works. If you are creating a reproduction of a pre-existing piece by another artist, you must credit the original artist and title in a visible location immediately next to your artwork.
- Artists will be provided a 48-count box of professional pastel chalk. Artists may bring additional chalk if they desire. (This is recommended if your piece involves heavy use of one or more colors.)
- Additional chalk may be available at the registration area.
- Artists may not use stencils in the creation of their chalk art works.
- You may bring your own additional chalk, but it must be non-oil based soft chalk/pastels in solid form.
- No spray chalk or marking chalk may be used. Since pieces will be judged, this keeps the competition fair.
- All chalk must be water-based. No paint, crayon, ink, fixatives, or other permanent products may be applied to the pavement.
- The art must be suitable for public and family viewing. No nudity, political statements, inappropriate content, or commercial or political advertisements are allowed. Quad City Arts reserves the right to make this judgment at any point in the process.
- Respect your fellow artists! Do not walk on their art or have open beverage containers that might spill. Keep your supplies contained in your space. Help your fellow artists by sharing or trading chalk. And take the time to chat...you might make a new friend!
- No boom boxes or loud music, please. Quiet music from a phone or other portable source is acceptable, but must remain family-friendly and suitable for public listening. Quad City Arts reserves the right to ask artists to turn down (or turn off) their music.
- Canopy tents are not allowed as they obscure the artist work. A hand-held umbrella, patio umbrella or beach umbrella is allowed if secured in a heavy base. The artist(s) assumes liability if the umbrella is not properly weighted.
- Artists' appearance and clothing should be suitable for a family-friendly, public gathering.
- Onlookers are an important part of this public festival. Please interact with the public, when possible!
- While you provide the artwork, our sponsors provide the financial support that makes the festival possible. As a sign of appreciation to our sponsors, a sponsor's name may appear near your chalk art area. You may enhance it by drawing a frame around it. However, it must always remain clearly visible, unobstructed, and clean throughout the length of the festival. If you are introduced to a sponsor or sponsor's representative, please thank them for their generous support!
- Works must be completed by 2:30pm on Sunday for judging.
SUGGESTED SUPPLIES TO BRING
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrellas or a hat! Remember that you may be out in the sun for many hours each day.
- Drinking water. Stay hydrated!
- Whisk broom or brush for cleaning the drawing surface.
- A piece of heavy fabric, carpet square or cardboard to sit or stand on to avoid smearing your work.
- A soft towel, gardener’s pad, or knee pads to kneel on.
- A chalkboard eraser, foam, terry cloth or short-cut brushes for blending larger areas of color.
- Water and a cloth or sponge to erase unwanted parts of your design.
- Old towels or rags to clean up as necessary.
- Additional chalk, if you need a lot of a certain color. A 48-count box of BLICK Pastel Chalk is provided. Additional chalk may be available at registration but is not guaranteed.
- Gloves to protect your hands.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t underestimate the power of the sun. Wear sunscreen, hats, and other items that can protect your skin, and drink plenty of water!
- Most artists start by outlining their entire drawing, then coloring it in with the pastel chalks. We recommend using the grid method. If you’re curious about how this works, feel free to contact us.
- Stand up and away from your drawing frequently to see it from a different perspective and check your progress.
- Take care of your hands! Try not to blend chalk with your fingers too much. Wearing latex or cotton gloves helps. We recommend using a rag, chalkboard erasers, brushes or foam noodles to help blend colors.
- Registration is free, artists need only provide their time, enthusiasm and talents!
- Artists will be assigned an 8’ X 10’ square space on a first come first serve basis.
- Youth category will be assigned an 6’ x 6’ square space on a first come first serve basis.
- Artists will have the opportunity to compete for over $1,800 in cash prizes.
- One complimentary 48-ct box of pastel chalk will be provided per individual/team and a free festival t-shirt for each team member.
- Artists will be assigned an 8’ x 10’ square Thank you for your interest in becoming an artist at the Chalk Art Fest!
- Judging will take place from 2:30-3:30pm on Sunday, June 25th.
- Judges decisions are final and will be presented at 4pm or shortly thereafter
- Judging will be scored based on the following categories:
- Overall Presentation: (form, line, composition, visual Effect)
- Creativity: (expression in design, thoughtful execution)
- Use of Color: (Saturation, Shading, Highlights)
- Technique: (skill in use of material / degree of difficulty)
SUPPORT THE ARTS THROUGH SPONSORSHIP
Quad City Arts' events would not be possible without the support of our many generous sponsors. Whether it is an in-kind sponsorship of goods or services, or a cash sponsorship towards an event or attraction, the opportunities are nearly endless. Contact us to learn more!
309.793.1213 ext. 104