Drawing with chalk always reminds me of two things, firstly Hopscotch, carefully numbering the paving slabs in readiness and seeking out the perfect stone. Secondly it reminds me of Mary Poppins, or more specifically Bert and his wonderful chalk pictures that came alive when the children stepped into them.
We haven’t used a lot of chalk previously in our art club and it was nice to mix things up a little and discover what could be created with this medium. Chalk drawing is very relaxing, the chalk glides so smoothly across the paper and so many interesting effects can be achieved.
I have fond memories of watching the children create beautiful wintery landscapes, carefully dotting the chalk to depict snowfall or of them blending and blurring yellows and blues to create a stunning sunset. Chalk is so versatile.
We had a lovely time creating our chalk masterpieces, just freestyling, letting our imaginations do their work. We actually produced some interesting pieces; it was a little hit and miss however we were really quite proud of what we achieved.
I enjoy art club, we try lots of new things and uncover hidden or long forgotten talents; as adults we don’t always take time to do fun activities, activities that are enjoyed for the process rather than the end result, we often feel a sense of guilt, we feel a need to justify the use of our precious time.
We are often asked for advice, hints and tips for a long and happy life and we each have our own views and experiences to share, however if I can give you one tip right now, it’d be do more of what you enjoy, more of the things that make you smile, don’t focus on the end result, enjoy the process, even if it feels like a waste of time. Time that you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.