Sounds & Sights Festival

July 26-28, 2018

Chalk Art Rules and Specifications

Event Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018  |  8am - 4pm

Rain Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Artists: 5'x5' Spaces can be created by one or more artists (limit 4).  | Free Children 2.5'x2.5' 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 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. All Children spaces are 2.5’x2.5’.

Check-In and Registration: Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. on East Middle Street. Artists may prep their spaces as early as 7a.m. but cannot begin chalking until 8a.m. 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
  • 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.