The Ashland Beacon
In the scenic Armco Park, children gathered to adorn the wrap-around road and Shelter 7 with chalk drawings. Parking was provided in front of shelter 7. The event began at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 8:00 p.m. Parents had a 12 hour window to bring their children by the park to leave some beautiful chalk artwork at shelter 7. The park office offered free chalk to the first 50 kids that showed up between the hours of 9:00-11:00 a.m. They prepared 50 bags including five pieces of chalk for the kids. Families were also welcome to bring their own chalk and creative supplies.
When I think of Chalk Art, it reminds me of the jovial character Bert played by Dick Van Dyke in the classic Disney movie Mary Poppins. Bert could make his pictures come to life, with just a little bit of imagination. Although, I doubt anyone will be jumping into any chalk drawings at the park. It’s always a possibility, when you use your imagination. A fox hunt or a horse race are never too far away.
During the hot summer months, children from all over the United States dabble in the age old tradition of chalk art. There are so many possibilities, when chalk is involved. Chalk can be used in so many different ways.
Some people like to dip their chalk in water before drawing to give the picture a heavier texture and brightness. You might like to trace your shadow or trace letters to make a message. Did you know that frozen chalk can make a great art, science and sensory experience all rolled into one? If you like, you can draw a maze with chalk or you can draw hopscotch or even a game of twister. In the fall, you can make chalk art leaf stencils. The possibilities are endless.
Christian Lee, the Park Director, mentioned that they often find creative chalk art pieces, following reservations at shelter houses. This prompted him to designate a day and the space for the children to enjoy just being kids. Lee said, “We not only love the outdoors, but we are very supportive of creative pursuits and the arts.” Therefore, Parks and Recreation are finding new ways to encourage those pursuits and areas of interest, where they can. “We’re so excited to have the opportunity for the children to have a space to create,” said Lee.
Due to COVID the Parks and Recreation department encouraged social distancing and discouraged folks sharing chalk with others outside their family group.
It’s time to get back to the simple things. Chalk is inexpensive and it can be rinsed right off with water. Chalk drawing is adored by adults and children alike. Chalk drawing can be a family activity. Chalk drawing can be a cathartic means of expression. Nobody can resist a clean sidewalk and a few sticks of chalk, it simply draws you in.