Chalkfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge

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The Island in Pigeon Forge

131 The Island Dr.

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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Chalkfest at The Island

The Island invites ALL artists - professional and aspiring - to join us for the 3nd Annual Chalkfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge!

Location: The Island in Pigeon Forge

Date: Saturday, October 5th with a Rain Date of Sunday, October 6th

Check-in begins at 7 am

Artist Registration Fee: Free

Chalkfest is free to those that preregister! The check-in table will be in front of the fountain. Chalk is provided.

Working Time: Participants will have from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to complete their work. You may continue to work on your piece after this time, but judging will begin at this time.

Working Space: After checking in we will direct you to where the concrete squares are for you to complete your work. We ask that you complete at least a 4' X 4' square in order to be eligible to be judged. Many of the squares available will be much larger than this, and you are free to do as large as piece as you feel you are able to complete!

NOTE: We are strongly encouraging artists to use a tempera base for their piece. If you don't know what this is, don't worry! This is basically a way to make a white canvas on the concrete for you to work with. White tempera paint will be provided by The Island, and our staff are happy to do this for you the night before so your space is ready to go. You are welcome to put down tempera the day of, we just recommend you arrive early to do so. If you would not prefer to have tempera paint in your design, just let us know when you register.

Theme: Food plays a key role in the cultural identity of the Smoky Mountain's. Recipes, traditions, and stories continue to be passed down around the table, and form an important part of our heritage. For these reasons, our theme this year is food! This can be as specific or as broad as you would like - whether it's a portrait of your favorite chef, or a representation of how your grandma's cooking makes you feel. Perhaps it's an ensemble of your favorite foods, or a terrifying display of broccoli and spinach from when you were a child. The sky is the limit, so turn on the Food network and start brainstorming!

Judging: There will be 4 professional chalk artists that will act as judges. They will judge on these criteria: creativity, composition, adherence to theme, and use of the medium.

Chalk: You will be provided one box of 36 Reeve's Soft Pastels, however, you are welcome to bring your own. You may also exchange some of your chalk at the check-in table to get more of a particular color. We will have extra blocks of black and white chalk to use for large areas.

Awards: Awards will be presented on the Ole Smoky Moonshine stage at 7:00 pm.

  • Best in Show (There will be a cash prize)

  • People’s Choice (There will be a cash prize)

  • First, Second, and Third in these categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult.

Suggested Supplies

  • The Island is providing white tempera paint. If you will be requiring a different tempera base, (black, brown...etc.), you will need to bring this on your own. The Island may have some black tempera available.

  • Large sheets of cardboard or foam squares to stand or kneel on to avoid smearing completed work and protect your knees. The Island will have some cardboard available.

  • Chalkboard eraser for blending large areas or laying your basic undercoat of color. Also foam brushes, and/or paint brushes.

  • Measuring tape or string for making straight lines.

  • No Duct Tape! Please use masking tape or blue painter’s tape to make straight edges, sharp lines, or define your perimeters.

  • Disposable gloves to protect your fingers.

  • Baby wipes for cleaning off your hands and face.

  • Sunscreen, a hat, and/or a small umbrella for sun protection.

  • Snacks, or money for lunch on The Island. Bottled water will be provided by The Island.

General Information

  • If you are reproducing an image or photo originally created by another artist, it is important to credit the original artist with name and title. Remember that creativity will be one of the criteria for judging. If you copy, change it up to make it your own.

  • Family friendly art only.

  • Make sure you are not doing any copyrighted work. (i.e. Disney, anime, and other cartoon characters)

  • No business logos, but allowed to recognize when a piece is sponsored by a particular business

  • No permanent fixatives can be used (i.e. hairspray), however sugar water may be used to help stick chalk to the pavement.

  • Some water can be used to spread chalk into large areas.

  • No added embellishments that stand above the pavement, ie. gems, flowers, toys

  • Please stay within the defined perimeters. We will be walking around the property to make sure you are within your perimeters. We have to make sure we are not in the entry to stores, and that there is space for the public to walk.

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