Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet

Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet

by Julie Kirk-Purcell


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Discover this vibrant art form that lives at your feet with examples from leading artists who also give insight into how to create your own chalk pavement art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565235649
Publisher: Design Originals
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 764,531
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Julie Kirk is a Professor of Art at Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA. In addition to teaching, Julie is an internationally recognized street painter and professional artist. She is also an artist on the education roster at both the L.A. Music Center and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She holds a B.F.A., Art Center College of Design, 1997, and M.F.A. California State University Fullerton, 2004.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
*History and Tradition
* Ephemeral Art
* Modern Festivals and artist trends
II. Themes
* Old Masters The historical tradition of street painting
1. Paintings of the Madonna and the historical context
2.The value of copying master paintings as a method of artistic education
3. Reinventing the masters use of humor and/or perspective as applied to classical motifs in current original designs
*Modern Twists
1. Political and environmental themes
2. Mythology and fantasy
3. Commercially driven and publicity images
4. Pop art/Manga/Graffiti influences
*The Use of Illusion
1. Historical tradition of the mural as a way of creating alternative space
2. Trompe l'oeil effects
3. Single point perspective
4. Anamorphic perspective mathematics and application
5. The use of reflection and perspective
6. The combination of these processes to create alternative environments
III. Materials
*Painting materials
1. Pastels a. Commercially made b. Home made pastels i. pigments ii. binders iii. recipes specifically for street painting c. Travel and storage
2. Tempra paint
3. Pigments
4. Other materials for painting
*Surface Preparation
1. Temporary paintings a. Preparation for asphalt b. Preparation for cement c. Preparation for alternative surfaces

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Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SDPogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sidewalk art began in 16th century Italy. Artists at that time used the surface to illustrate religious icons and expressions. Over time the artists became known as Madonnari after their images of Christ and the Madonna. These themes have remained though the artists have changed. Today street painting is often filled with copies of Renaissance art. This particular art is more about the creation of the piece than the piece its self. The masterpieces are not meant to remain. Street painting or sidewalk art is becoming a growing phenomenon. Julie Kirk invites the reader into this transient world and has captured some amazing images while instructing the reader on how to create their own.I can¿t help but think of my own experiences with sidewalk art. The first image that popped into my mind was from Mary Poppins. The street art was magical but untouchable for me. I got to experience sidewalk chalk and dream about those artists who make art. I never thought that I could be such an artist. However, Julie Kirk just might convince me.The book walks through all the information needed to create sidewalk art including a recipe to make your own pastels. It¿s quite informative and doesn¿t lose the reader like some art books can.Even if you are not interested in creating sidewalk art, the pictures provided are worth your time to read this book.
lit-in-the-last-frontier More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Europe, sidewalk art was an almost daily occurrence. It was not at all unusual to see Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile glinting up at you as you exited the bakery or have the sudden necessity to skip over one of Titian’s voluptuous beauties as you switched busses at the main terminus downtown. For those of my readers unfamiliar with the world of sidewalk art, Julie Kirk provides a lovely introduction; she talks about the tools of the trade, the history of recreating great masterpieces on the sidewalks of urban landscapes, and other subject matter that is frequently chosen for depiction by sidewalk artists. And as might be expected, the book is full of gorgeous photographs. I was very impressed by this book when I received it a year ago in e-format as a review copy from the publisher; however, I wanted to view a print copy before I put out a review. The print copy, I am happy to say, is full of high quality prints that do justice to both the original artwork and the chalk art versions. My children and I had a lot of fun with the e-format version, in that it allowed me to project the images up on our TV screen. As a homeschooling parent I used this book for a number of art lessons; the kids were fascinated by the style of the art, by several of the original works copied and the artists, and even by some of the cities featured. The book is not available in ebook format, but the print version is large enough to be used in a small class setting. For kids reluctant to learn art history, the originality of the chalk art is a great way to catch their interest. Our librarian admitted to me that while shelving my hold books she got side tracked for a good fifteen minutes looking through Sidewalk Canvas-she was impressed by the unique subject matter and eye-catching layout. This is the type of book that just about anyone, young or old, will enjoy. Some will be interested enough to read it cover to cover, but the pictures are surely a visual feast that will be enjoyed by all, and I highly recommend it as a part of any art curriculum as a wonderfully original way to expose kids to the great masters, chalk art, and outdoor art.
casual2atee More than 1 year ago
A Professor of Art at Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA and a professional artist, Julie Kirk-Purcell possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the art of sidewalk painting. Sidewalk Canvas is a well organized survey of street painting as a fine arts profession. The book begins with a historical overview of street art and artists, giving credit to both the 16th century masterpiece painters as well as the first street artists and their replications of religious Renaissance art. Kirk-Purcell then moves into modern street painters and segways into the main portion of her book, the preferred mediums and technical aspects of street painting, and advice for the aspiring artist. An abundance of colorful photographs provide an overview of some of the modern "greats" in the street painting profession including Bugatti, Fabriani, Grossi, Hefferman, Kirby and others while Kirk-Purcell discusses mediums, palettes, and the finer technical aspects of layout, illusion, shading, and the use of color. At the end of the book there is an Appendix with recipes for homemade pastels, a resource list, a festival list, advice on conducting workshops and working with children, and an Index. While the bulk of the book focuses on the reader as a novice street artist, beautiful photographs and a well-organized overview of both the history of street painting and its technical aspects make this book is a great addition to any fine arts/non-fiction collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago