Sounds & Sights Festival

July 27-28, 2017

Chalk Art Rules and Specifications

Event Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017  |  8am - 4pm

Artists: Spaces can be created by one or more artists (limit 4).  | Free Children spaces must be created by 1 artist (0-17 yrs. old).

Material Restrictions: Participants may bring their own chalk, brushes or water. All chalk must be water-based. Water based chalk paints are permissible. ONLY artist made templates are permissible.

Space Assignment:  Artists will pick their own 5’x5’ spaces or 3’x5’ Art Boards on a first-come, first-serve basis during check-in.  At check-in, artists will be asked to provide the number of the space they wish to work in. Some spaces may have cracks or texture variations. A limited number (30) 3’x5’ Art Boards will be available for use. Only those artists utilizing the art boards will be eligible for the Auction Award, to be given after the chalk art auction. Artist using art boards are also eligible for all other awards. All Children spaces are 2.5’x2.5’.

Check-In and Registration: Check-in will begin at 7:30a.m. beneath the Chelsea Clocktower at 300 N. Main Street. Artists may prep their spaces or Art Boards as early as 7am. Any artist failing to check-in by 10am will forfeit their space. Spaces are non-refundable but are transferable.

Prizes: Award winners must be present to claim his/her prize at 4:15 p.m.

Additional Rules:

  • Drawings must remain within the designated square area. Drawings on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited.
  • ONLY artist made templates are permissible.
  • This is a family event. Artwork containing nudity, profanity, or content deemed inappropriate by the festival committee will be removed and the artist will be disqualified from the contest.
  • If an artist promotes that any prize money will be donated to a non-profit or special cause, the prize check will be made out to promoted non-profit or cause.
  • The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used.

Failure to comply by these rules or guidelines may be grounds for dismissal.

Things You Can Bring:

  • Blankets or chair, knee pads to stay comfy while you draw
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Sketches or inspiration pieces to guide your chalk design (but final chalk designs must be free-hand drawn)
  • Plastic to cover artwork during possible rain
  • Water and snacks


  • Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artist prefer to lay all of their undertones first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • Creating a chalk-paint by crushing chalk into water and using a paint brush is also helpful when filling large areas.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface — so think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become. So practice on the driveway at home.