Visual Arts: Chalk-a-Lot

Lesson Plan: Chalk-a-Lot
Grade level: K-3
Duration: 1x class
Media Type: chalk / sidewalk
Subject Integration: Language Arts
National Standards for Visual Arts: (see below)
Objectives: To introduce students to world renowned sidewalk chalk artists, Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner.

(website for help with writing rubrics)


4 - Standards are exceeded
3 - Standards are met
2 - Standards may be met at a very low quality or with some exceptions
1 - Standards are not met

Vocabulary (elements/principles):

  • color
  • shape
  • line
  • texture
  • balance
  • unity
  • proportion
  • form
  • value
  • space
  • contrast
  • emphasis
  • movement
  • pattern
  • rhythm

Materials and Procedure:

Artist Julian Beever: YouTube: Julian Beever: (9:59) Julian Beever: (2:22) Julian Beever: (5:53) The PlayList Two Harbors Chalk-a-lot: (4:39) Julian Beever:

Day 1:
Present information about chalk art. Show visuals of artist Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner. Ask students “What do you see?” “What do you notice about these artworks?” “What do you notice? What stands out to you?” Have students come up to the visuals and point out things that they notice about the artworks.

Show PlayList video of Two Harbors, MN Chalk.a.lot event.

Weather permitting, take students outside to create their own chalk art on the sidewalk near your school. Have students claim their part of the sidewalk. Discuss possibly themes or topics. Read a story to start the idea juices flowing. Assign certain number of colors students must use to complete their work. Take pictures of finished work. Have fun!



National Standards for Visual Arts:

Grade K:
VA:Cr1.1.Ka - I can engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.
VA:Cr1.2.Ka - I can engage collaboratively in creating art-making in response to an artistic problem.
VA:Cr2.1.Ka - I can, through experimentation, build skills in various media approaches to art-making.
VA:Cr2.2.Ka - I can identify safe and non-toxic art materials, tools, and equipment.
VA:Cr3.1.Ka - I can explain the process of making art while creating.
VA: Cn10.1.Ka - I can create art that tells a story about a life experience.
VA: Cn11.1.Ka - I can identify a purpose of an artwork.

Grade 1:
VA: Cr1.2.1 - I can use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.
VA: Cr2.1.1 - I can explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.
VA: Cr3.1.1 - I can use vocabulary to describe choices while making art.
VA: Pr6.1.1 - I can identify the roles and responsibilities of people who work in and visit museums and other art venues.

Grade 2:
VA: Cr1.1.2a - I can brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.
VA: Cr1.2.2a - I can make art or design with various tools and materials to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.
VA: Cr2.1.2a - I can experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.
VA: Cr3.1.2a - I can discuss and reflect with peers about choices made in creating artwork.
VA: Pr6.1.2a - I can analyze how art exhibited inside and outside of schools (such as museums, galleries, virtual spaces and other venues) contributes to communities.
VA: Re7.1.2a - I can perceive and describe aesthetic characteristics of one’s natural world and constructed environments.
VA: Re9.1.2a - I can use learned art vocabulary to express preferences about artwork.
VA: Cn10.1.2a - I can create works of art about events in home, school, or community life.

Grade 3:
VA: Cr1.1.3a - I can elaborate on an imaginative idea.
VA: Cr2.1.3a - I can create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.
VA: Pr4.1.3a - I can investigate and discuss possibilities and limitations of spaces, including electronic, for exhibiting work.
VA: Pr5.1.3a - I can identify exhibit space and prepare works of art, including artists’ statements, for presentation.
VA: Pr6.1.3a - I can identify and explain how and where different cultures record and illustrate stories and history of life through art.
VA: Re7.1.3a - I can speculate about processes an artist uses to create a work of art.
VA: Re7.2.3a - I can determine messages communicated by an image.

National Visual Arts Standards link:

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