Chalk Festival

When: Sat., Sept. 11 2010

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Chalk Festival, now in its 21st year, is one of the institution’s signature events, grounded in an old Italian tradition where people copied art works on the plazas outside cathedrals using charcoal. CMA’s festival invites professional area artists and enthusiastic amateurs to make their own designs, inspired by the museum’s collection, on the walkways south of the museum by the lagoon (11150 East Blvd.). If you’re one of those amateurs and don’t want to go into the event next week unprepared, take heart: The museum is offering workshops in which you can make your own chalk and learn drawing techniques to get you off on the right foot. The workshops, at 2 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Wednesday, are $25 per person or $75 per family, but also includes workshop materials and chalk and registration for the festival — $8 for a small square and box of chalk, $16 for a large square and bigger box of chalk. The festival next week (which is free to observers) also features music by Dubflex (Saturday) and Cats on Holiday (Sunday), plus previews of community mural designs the museum is sponsoring. Call 216-707-2483 or e-mail commarts@clevelandarts.org to register for the class or the festival. Go to clevelandart.org for more information. — Pantsios

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