“We probably have about 3,000 people that are creating artwork on the walkway,” says Robin VanLear, the museum’s community arts director. “We try to set up that kind of a space where everybody is able to get inspired by each other and learn techniques.”
Here, artist duo Jamie Cohen-Kiraly and Liane Engstrom offer tips for transforming your chalk drawing into a jaw-dropping masterpiece.
Carve out your section.
Create a stencil on heavy paper, taping it down over your square. Cut out one section at a time and color within it, ensuring a more precise creative process. “When you’re done, you have a nice crisp edge around your piece,” says Engstrom.
Blur the lines.
To really take your drawing to the next level, blend some of the colors together to create a multidimensional effect using small foam makeup applicators. “You can use very weird things that you wouldn’t expect to work,” says Cohen-Kiraly.
Make it pop.
Create depth by keeping pale colors in the background and using vibrant, saturated colors as focal points. Make it more unique by using a water spray bottle to blend colors. “Art is about finding what works and using it to make it into something,” says Cohen-Kiraly.
things to do
8:00 AM EST
September 11, 2019