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Chalk drawings lighting up lockdown

Katie van Dyk, 13, was unable to attend her one-year-old cousin’s teddybear picnic first birthday on Saturday so drew a teddybear on her footpath instead. Photo: Tina van Dyk.

Chalk art is adorning the streets as parents and children prepare for another four days of Level 4 lockdown.

On the weekend SunLive asked our readers to send in their chalk art pavement drawings, following Te Puke Intermediate art teacher Sarah Coates bringing out her chalks once again to create ephemeral art for people to enjoy.

We’ve had photos in from 'chalk-ists' from Rotorua, Hamilton, Athenree and surburbs around Tauranga.

It all started when Sarah, finding herself once again in lockdown, decided to do her part in cheering up not only her family, but her entire neighbourhood when she drew ‘There’s no place like home’ on the footpath outside her home.

'There's no place like home' chalk drawing created by Te Puke Intermediate School art teacher Sarah Coates. Photo: Supplied.

We encouraged our readers to get creative and draw their own chalk art in their driveways or footpath.

In Hamilton, 13-year-old Katie van Dyk was unable to attend her one-year-old cousin’s teddybear picnic first birthday on Saturday due to lockdown so drew a teddybear on her footpath instead.

Kyla Burd, 5, with her drawings. Photo: Stacey Butchers.

In Athenree, five-year-old Kyla Burd had broken her arm on Saturday morning, but still wanted some activities to do with her other arm. She drew puzzles, animals and people on her driveway.

“Practising animals and getting adults to guess has been a favourite of hers for a while now,” says mum Stacey Butchers.

Puzzle drawings by Kyla Burd, 5. Photo: Stacey Butchers.

In Welcome Bay, Link and Aeris Brown, age 9 and 4 respectively, drew a landscape with help from dad Jesse Brown. The colourful piece features trees, hills, a river, sky and a sun.

Chalk drawing by Link and Aeris Brown, age 9 and 4, with help from dad, Jesse Brown. Photo: Supplied.

Link and Aeris’s mum Monique was working inside in their home office.

“So dad and kids got stuck into some artwork out in the back yard,” says Monique. “Cute little dusty footprints through the dining room when they come into the house.”

Madison Garner. Photo: Supplied.

In Rotorua Madison Garner, 8, drew a picture with the words ‘covid 19’ and ‘2 metres please’, featuring hopscotch and a toadstool drawn by her Aunty Paige.

Moss Crawford-Saunders, 3, with his scary monster drawings. Photo: Che Crawford.

In Welcome Bay, Moss Crawford-Saunders,age 3, took to the driveway concrete with great energy.

“They’re big scary monsters and they make rawr sounds,” says Moss.

Chalk drawing by Dekyn and Zoe Parker. Photo: Supplied.

Dekyn and Zoe Parker in Pyes Pa wrote ‘Ther is nothing like Family’ alongside a drawing with a heart and sun.  They also drew a large square with coloured geometrical shapes inside it.

“Family is everything,” says Zoe.

Chalk drawing by Dekyn and Zoe Parker. Photo: Supplied.

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