In a few weeks of social distancing, art has proven a powerful way to remain connected to others. And with neighborhood walks now an essential outlet for exercise and fresh air, sidewalk chalk has become a popular medium for spreading cheer within the community.
When distance learning began at Peck last week, some Upper School students had the opportunity to get in on the artistic action. Ms. Belasic’s sixth-grade advisory was tasked with following the #chalkyourwalk trend that’s sweeping social media, and sharing outdoor drawings that celebrate their school spirit, favorite sports team, sayings, or expressions—anything that would make someone smile as they passed by.
“Everyone did it in a different way,” Ms. Belasic said, speaking to the many ways that students can interpret an assignment. And with homes taking many forms, and the supplies at hand differing as well, students proved that it’s not the chalk that’s important—it’s the feeling behind the piece.
“I really enjoyed it, but the best part about it is that I also get to help my family and everyone around me,” shared sixth-grader Ford Tufankjian. “I think that the art that people are creating is very inspiring and very thoughtful.”
There’s a reason all of these drawings and messages are making us feel warm and fuzzy. According to Peck’s Arts Department Chair Karen Dispenziere, “It has been proven that creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. It provides an escape and offers many of the same benefits of the practice of mindfulness, including lowering blood pressure, pulse rate, and breathing rate.”
Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." When life gets extra dusty, a little stress relief is only a paintbrush, song, or piece of chalk away.
Want to get in on the #chalkyourwalk movement? Check your GooseChase app tomorrow for a new mission celebrating #thankfulthursday!