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!
The entire pieced measured 5×5 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.
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.
And the top was lifted up to reveal the drawing.
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.
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.
The kids got to help screen print bandanas.
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.
And Skyler loved chalking his own creations in the street, too (which was blocked off and barricaded, by the way).
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.
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.