2020 Chalk the State | Oshkosh

Chalk the State | Oshkosh

July 25, 2020 to July 26, 2020

Chalk art is taking over Wisconsin at the end of JulyChalk the State is a statewide event organized by the Museum of Wisconsin Art and is an expansion of their annual Chalk Art Festival in West Bend. This summer’s chalk event includes organizations and communities across the state. During the weekend of July 25-26, Wisconsin residents are invited to create chalk art on their driveways and sidewalks and to share their creativity on social media.  

The Paine Art Center and Gardens and the Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk are collaborating to support this event in Oshkosh. The Chalk the State – Oshkosh event is meant to be an engaging and educational arts experience for families in the greater Oshkosh area. It is a way to encourage families, adults, and kids to take to their sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots to create bright, joyful art, and spread positive messages to share with friends, family, and neighbors that remind us all that even apart, we can share and enjoy art.  

This is this an all ages, all skill levels, totally inclusive, free-for-all explosion of creativity and expression.

Timeline of Events

Throughout July: Find chalk-art tips, ideas and videos created by the Paine and artists participating in Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk. Follow the Paine on Facebook for updates. 

July 24- September 10: See the Magnificent 12, an alternative to the 2020 Chalk Walk event, in downtown Oshkosh. Twelves local artists will have chalk art on boards on display in storefronts throughout downtown. You can vote for your favorite piece on the Facebook event page: https://bit.ly/2D5ejk7. Voting will take place August 1st-August 10th. 

July 25-26: Create art in your neighborhood and share photos on social media using #chalkthestateoshkosh. 

July 25: See photos and videos on Facebook of local artist Annette Koepke creating chalk artwork on the Paine’s front driveway inspired by the 'Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau' exhibition. 

Colorful chalk on a wood surface
Close up box of chalk
A little girl drawing on sidewalk with chalk

Chalk Art Inspiration

In preparation for the Chalk the State
weekend, these resources will give
you ideas and inspiration for
practicing your chalking skills and
creating some truly extraordinary
chalk art.

[PDF] Official Chalk the State
Activity Guide

[Article] Chalk 101 - Using a grid to
make chalk art

[Printable] Free star stencils
[Video] 3 ways to use water in chalk art
[Video] How to make a chalk art flower
[Article] Best chalk for street art

Tips from the Paine

Each Friday in July the Paine will
share an instructional video by our
education staff that teaches you
some great chalk art-making skills.

July 24 - How to Make 3D Drawings
with Chalk

July 17 - How to Blend Chalk Pastels
July 10 - 3 Interactive Chalk Art Ideas
July 3 - How to Make Chalk Paint

Chalk and Share

We hope you will join us in
celebrating our community and state
by creating and sharing your own chalk
art on July 25-26!

Help us spread the word about Chalk
the State throughout the Fox Valley!
Please use #chalkthestateoshkosh when
you post photos of your work on social
media. You can also post your photos in
the discussion on the Facebook event
page for Chalk the State – Oshkosh.

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