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Exploring Art with Teens: Find an Art Festival

We’re new transplants to the Atlanta area – just moved here in August – so we’re having fun discovering all of the annual “fests” of this area. When I find one that’s only fifteen minutes from our house and involves art, that’s a must-see “fest” to me.

Marietta Square hosts an annual Chalktoberfest and, let me tell you, it’s fantastic. You know I’m already a fan of street art, so of course I’m going to think it’s fantastic. But even my teens loved it and they aren’t as into street art as I am.

Obviously one way to a nerdy birdie’s heart is with geek art.

And it was funny to recognize famous paintings with playful slants…

“Mom, it’s the girl with the weasel painting!”

Or just replicas.

“Hey Mom, it’s the girl with the towel painting!”

The kids may not remember the official title of the paintings, but they do recognize it’s a famous painting so I’m giving myself a gold star in teaching art appreciation.

And the color, you guys. Just wow.

The 3-D designs were fabulous.

Don’t forget winter is coming.

This one has to be my favorite of the bunch. Yes, even beating out Star Wars. Look at her skin!

If you’re in the area for Chalktoberfest, I recommend going Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday. The artists haven’t had enough time on Saturday to make much progress, so you get to see more finished work on Sunday. We went right after lunch on Sunday and there were still quite a few artists still working on their piece. And I can tell you that Jack’s New Yorker Deli has one fabulous cuban sandwich too.



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