What is Amazing Street Painting?
Technically, it's not painting but chalking. Amazing Street Painting creates custom chalk art for special events.
Street painting has it's roots in 16th century Italy, when artists who adorned the churches were finished with a project, they would take to the streets and recreate the art in chalk for a living. The artists were called Madonnari, because many of the images were religious in nature and featured the Madonna and child. Nowadays, images can be of anything, ranging from reproductions of great masterpieces to photos to 3D anamorphic art that tricks the viewer into seeing something different than what is actually on the street.
In 1972, Italy began holding the first annual street painting festival. Now there are many in the United States (mostly in Florida and California), and also in Europe, Australia and Asia. In Lake Worth, Florida (www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org) boasts the largest festival in the U.S., with thousands of visitors and 350-400 artists participating in the two day event.
Using mostly soft pastel chalks (which are environmentally friendly), we transform the streets and sidewalks into living art. Watching art come to life is considered a performance art and has an immediacy that gives every piece a uniqueness that can never be truly duplicated. The light and surface elements are constantly changing, making the art a constantly evolving entity.
3D Street Painting
If you want the best - you've just found it! Street Painting at special events can mean a lot of different things. See what my clients say!
Street Painting Festivals
Family Friendly Festivals
Street Painting Festivals are unique community events that have been gaining popularity for a variety of reasons over the past 20 years. Some events are sponsored by local merchants or the local chamber of commerce, and sometimes they are fund raising events for charities.
These events are family friendly, earth friendly and attract visitors who love and support the arts. The audience is able to interact with the "performers" or artists in a unique way that makes the arts more accessible to all. Kids LOVE these events, and many offer an area for children to express themselves. They also encourage visitors to return more than once during an event, because they want to see the process and the progress of the art as it unfolds.
I am available to help you put together an event of this kind, acting as a consultant and/or as a featured artist.
Workshops and seminars are a great way to engage the next generation of artists in your community! I can lead workshops for all ages and skill levels of artists. Many artists want to participate and try this artform, but are intimidated and don't know where to start. Often I am brought in as the featured artist to a festival, and also lead a workshop or two before the event. Sometimes we do it a couple of days before the event, to give the artists a chance to use some of the techniques taught to help them prepare their art for the upcoming festival.