Last week I talked a little bit about shame, and my own fears of inadequacy on the drawing/chalking front! Here’s a couple things I’ve been doing to build my “chalk confidence”. 🙂
1. chalking more, because hey, the more I chalk the more my chalk drawings start to resemble actual creatures/beings/scenarios, and less like silly shapes and smudges- I for one, can see improvement!
2. copychalking – there is nothing wrong with learning by imitation! And letting others (perhaps more experienced chalkers and/or artists) show you what to do. I hope to learn a thing or two this weekend at the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival!
3. Chalking the streets, this one can be intimidating because let’s face it not everyone is out chalking on the sidewalk after say, age 7, but people sure our interested in what you are up to when you take out your chalk in public spaces. It is exciting, exhilarating, if you’re nervous about trying it, convince a friend to chalk the streets with you, (that’s what has helped me the most!! yay teamwork!) and hey, you are never to old (or young) to get creative and have a little fun with CHALK!
My confidence in our project was boosted as we chalked out our sneak peek at Robson Square last night. We were met with many curious looks, and approached again and again, given compliments on our chalkwork and asked questions.
The chalking really is getting everyone talking! Just as we hoped! This conversation about word use, equality, social justice, shared vocabulary, art and chalk is all starting to spread. Join in, talk with us, and chalk with us!