Chalk Art Challenge

Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, August 29

Claim the concrete as your canvas and join dozens of artists who bring the streets of Lake Orion to life with color in the Dragon on the Lake Chalk Art Challenge!

Your spot on the walk will be an assigned to 5 foot by 5 foot area. Sidewalk chalk provided, but feel free to bring your own chalk or pastels for your biggest most creative designs. One box of pastels is provided with paid space. Winners announced Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Registration: $20 online at before August 28, 2021. $25 the day of the event if space is available. Registration fee includes 5’ X 5’ pavements space and a box of pastel chalk. Early registration is encouraged. The Orion Art Center (OAC) Chalk Art Challenge will be held rain or shine unless inclement weather closes the event. Sorry, no refunds.

To register, click here for an application. EMAIL completed application to


Best in Show: $300

Best Dragon theme: 1st $250, 2nd $100

Best Team (max 4 people): $100

People’s Choice (Voting at OAC tent): $100

Best Teen (High School): $100

Best Youth (Middle School): $50

Best Child (Elementary School): $25

Tips and information

Check-in: Check-in begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the OAC Information tent downtown Lake Orion – corner of Broadway & Flint.

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:  A pavement space will be assigned at random 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 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 29, 2020 at 5:00pm. Awards in the form of a check will be made available 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.

Release: By participating in the Chalk Art Challenge, you give consent to the OAC, DOTL, 360 Event Productions, 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.

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


Friendly competitive spirit

Tips: Use chalk sparingly. 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 — so think BIG & DRAMATIC.

Practice! The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become.