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Denver Chalk Art Festival

Denver Chalk Art Festival: Larimer Square will kick off summer with the annual Denver Chalk Art festival, a free two-day street-painting festival. Perfect for the entire family, hundreds of artists spend hours turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of beautiful chalk art. The interactive art festival takes place on June 2-3, 2018 on Larimer Square in Denver.  DCAF follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming asphalt into canvas using chalk. The artists were called Madonnari after their customary practice of recreating chalk paintings of the Madonna. Today, artists worldwide are taking to the streets, bringing with them new ideas, techniques, and excitement for this ancient form of expression. The creation of a chalk painting is not as easy as it seems, artists draw an outline of a painting in proper proportion, then begin to lay the base of colors. Using a number of colored pastels, the artist layers the chalk, blending the colors to create shadow, contrast and depth

  • Dates: Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3
  • Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public