Chalk It Up 2011 (Featuring a Giant Spirograph)

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We went to Artpace's annual Chalk It Up this past weekend, and although there was rain in the forecast, we had a great time. This was our third year at the free event and it was as great as ever, but I was really impressed with the Kid's Zone this year. Not only did they have some clever crafts for the kids, but there was also a giant elliptical drawing machine!
 

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The entire pieced measured 5x5 feet and worked by spinning the handles on the top wheel. It was fun to watch the kids (about four or five at a time) working together to turn it, even more so because I loved Spirographs as a kid.


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I wish I had asked the designer (Reagan Johns, a San Antonio cabinet maker) more questions about the construction, but the chalk was placed in the metal tubes before spinning over a large piece of butcher paper.


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And the top was lifted up to reveal the drawing.


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Pretty amazing, huh? I wish I had a video to show the piece in action. The artist had asked if anyone wanted to take the drawing home and I responded with an immediate "We'll take it!" and got him to sign it for us first.


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The kids wanted to sign their names, too, of course. At this point I wasn't entirely sure where we'd put the drawing at home, but I ran back up to the parking garage to stash it in the van while we checked out the rest of the event.


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The kids got to help screen print bandanas.


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And although Amelia spent most of the time in the stroller, I did let her do her own little drawing in the public street mural.

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And Skyler loved chalking his own creations in the street, too (which was blocked off and barricaded, by the way).


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Here's his little drawing plot. The kids also made cool little movie theater light boxes inspired by one of their exhibits. And lucky for us, we left before it rained.


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And we decided on hanging the giant Spirograph drawing in the girls' room. We just pinned it up with tacs for now, but I'm trying to convince Chris to build a giant frame to go with it. I know that must sound a little crazy, but it would be fun to keep it for a while.





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And to preserve this family memory in a piece of art. If not, no biggie, we'll enjoy it while it lasts. (And so far, so good, even with it above Eleanor's bed--she hasn't touched it!)

Have you been on any fun family outings recently? How do you expose your kids to art?
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