Chalk art by Wendy Pramik

Dabble in public art this summer


Chalk art by Wendy PramikArt can help kids process their thoughts and emotions, or simply get them engaged a bit more during the summer.

Our kids took to the driveway with a pail of chalk sticks, after seeing there’d be a stretch of sunny days. They spent hours turning a section of the drive into a patchwork of colorful shapes that now delights others who walk by.

Preparation is easy. You can buy basic chalk and other newfangled chalk-application devices such as powdered chalk in a bottle. You add water and apply with a spongy roller. Other products allow you to spray on liquid chalk, but we found this technique didn’t work so well. Basic chunky chalks worked best.

Our kids used masking tape to define the boundaries of their design. They also used tape to create a geometric pattern that when finished resembled stained glass.

Up your game by encouraging others on your street to do the same and have a neighborhood gallery. It’d provide a great backdrop for an evening stroll.

Chalk art by Wendy Pramik

Chalk art by Wendy Pramik