Chalk Art Challenge 2022


aim the concrete as your canvas and join dozens of artists who bring the streets of Lake Orion to life with color! All ages are welcome to participate.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 – 10AM-7PM
Sunday, August 28, 2022 – 10AM-2PM

● Best in Show: $300
● Best Dragon theme: 1st $250, 2nd $150
● Best Team (max 4 people): $150
● People’s Choice (Voting at OAC tent): $100
● Best Teen (High School): $100
● Best Youth (Middle School): $75
● Best Child (Elem School): $50



Check-in begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 27, 2022.  Spaces: 5′ X 5′ pavement spaces provided and occupied by one or more artists (limit 4). No pop-up tents or personal umbrellas allowed in the designated chalk art space.  Space assignments:  Artists will be assigned a pavement space at check in.  Some spaces may have cracks or texture variations. Spaces will not be changed once assigned.

Materials: One box of pastel chalks is provided to each registered space.  A communal bucket of free chalk will be made available at the OAC tent. Participants may bring their own chalk, brushes, or water. All chalk must be water-based. Only artist designed templates are permissible. Tempera (washable) paint is allowed for the base of the work space only. 

Award Selection: Winners are selected by a jury independent from the OAC. Judge’s decisions are final.  Award Criteria:  1) Creativity/originality 2) Composition 3) Use of color 4) Communication 5) Technical skill   Prizes: Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 28, 2020 at 5:00pm. Awards in the form of a check will be sent within 30 days. 

Eligibility: Content of the Chalk Art Challenge is to be appropriate for family audiences.  The OAC and its judges reserve the right to deny themes that may be deemed overtly political, violent, racist, sexist, or otherwise generally found as inappropriate. Artists are encouraged to focus on positive themes in harmony with a community event.

Things You Can Bring:

  • Blanket, chair, knee pads
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Sketches or inspiration pieces to guide your chalk design
  • Plastic to cover artwork during possible rain
  • Water/snacks
  • Friendly competitive spirit


  • Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artists prefer to lay all of their undertones first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • Creating a chalk-paint by crushing chalk into water and using a paint brush is also helpful when filling large areas.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface —  think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • Practice! The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become. 

Chalk Art Challenge Registration
Price: $ 20.00
Release: By participating in the Chalk Art Challenge, you give consent to the OAC, DOTL, its sponsors, and/or affiliates to use images of you and/or your artwork on/in but not limited to its websites, print media, and social media outlets.