Chalk Festival

Fine Arts Garden

Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.

2018 Chalk Festival

September 15–16, 2018

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Rain or shine

Chalk Your Own Pictures:

  • Large square and 24-color box of chalk, $20 each
  • Small square and 12-color box of chalk, $10 each

Drop-in registration. Groups larger than 6 squares are requested to preregister by emailing commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.


Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting

Learn to make chalk using an old world recipe with new world materials, along with professional techniques for masking, stenciling, shading, and enlarging a picture (fee).

  • Family chalk workshop (all ages): Sunday, August 26 and September 9, 2:00–4:30 p.m. (single workshops).  Ages 6 and under, free with paying adult; ages 7-12, $10/person with paying adult; ages 13-adult, $25/person. Fee includes materials and reserves chalk and a square for the festival. Classroom F/G. Drop-in registration in the classroom.
  • Advanced chalk workshop series (teens/adults): Wednesday, August 22, 29, and Sep 5, 12, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. $75/person. Fee includes materials and reserves chalk and a square for the festival. Classroom B/C. Drop-in registration in the classroom.

For more information, call 216-707-2483 or email commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.