Not your average sidewalk chalk drawings

elaborate sidewalk chalk drawing in Glen Ridge NJ


I was out for a walk getting some exercise in Glen Ridge (NJ) today, when I happened upon a woman and two young girls working on a series of sidewalk chalk drawings. I thought they were quite sophisticated and beautiful, so I stopped and asked if I could take this picture (below).

The girls were only 4 or 5 years old, so I’m going to give the nod to the adult on the design of these panels along with the use of the blue painter’s tape to help section off the colors. I wonder if the adult is familiar with Sol LeWitt’s art?

elaborate sidewalk chalk drawing in Glen Ridge NJ

What is Sol LeWitt’s art?

Sol LeWitt was an American artist who was a pioneer of conceptual art and minimalism. He is best known for his wall drawings and structures, which are geometric forms made of simple materials such as lines, colors, and shapes. LeWitt believed that the idea of an artwork was more important than its physical appearance, and he often gave instructions for others to execute his works2 He also experimented with different media such as drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, and installation.

How to make easy chalk drawings inspired by Sol LeWitt

If you want to create your own chalk drawings inspired by Sol LeWitt, you don’t need any special skills or tools. All you need is some sidewalk chalk, painter’s tape, a ruler, and a work surface such as a sidewalk, a driveway, or a blackboard. Here are some easy steps to follow:

  • Choose a geometric shape that you want to draw, such as a square, a circle, or a triangle.
  • Use the ruler and the painter’s tape to mark the outline of your shape on your work surface. You can make it as big or as small as you want.
  • Choose two or more colors of chalk that you want to use for your drawing. You can use contrasting colors or similar shades.
  • Fill in your shape with parallel lines of chalk, using one color at a time. You can make the lines horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved. You can also vary the thickness and the spacing of the lines.
  • Remove the painter’s tape carefully and admire your finished drawing. You can also add more shapes or details if you want.
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2 thoughts on “Not your average sidewalk chalk drawings

    1. I’m not sure if the adult woman had found inspiration from Pinterest, she didn’t say … she was just outside with the two kids drawing and coloring these on their front sidewalk.

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