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Virtual street painting event pairs SBISD students, British artists and a new Space Center Houston exhibition

Photo from Urban Canvas Chalk Artists' Facebook page


A multilevel collaboration between a Spring Woods High School art teacher and students, a British street art group known as Urban Canvas, and Space Center Houston will soon become a six-day virtual arts event.

The chalk art festival known as Spaced Out is open to all interested participants – famous or amateur! The art format used can range from traditional canvas on easel to sidewalks, driveways or approved public locations.

The arts event, scheduled Nov. 17-22, is the third such virtual chalk art festival announced during the global pandemic by Liverpool, England, based Urban Canvas founders Phillip Battle and Catherine McMahon. The couple’s art festival is known around the world as the Urban Canvas Lockdown Challenge.

For this upcoming festival, Spring Woods High School art teacher Rebekah Tee joins Urban Canvas by adding Spring Woods High and Spring Forest Middle student art displays and campus chalk painting sessions. An astronomy class at Spring Woods High will provide related space topic research.

“Many of our schools have participated in street painting events in the Houston area in the past. This is a great venue for getting our students involved,” said SBISD’s Visual Art Coordinator Sally Doyle.

“This kind of art venue allows students to create art in an environment outside of the classroom and to share their art with the community. This type of experience is so important for student artistic growth,” she also said.

“We are very excited to have our students participate in Spaced Out, and make international connections with other street artists while engaging in discovery through human space exploration.”

Tee, meanwhile, will join featured artists Hung Pham and Henry Darnell at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Nov. 20-21 to draw and display their space-themed art for guests to enjoy as part of the international festival celebration.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of continuous human habitation aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the three artists featured at Space Center Houston will produce visual representations of the ISS, the James Webb Telescope and NASA’s Artemis program to return astronauts to the lunar surface. Space Center Houston guests can meet the artists and experience their art with an admission ticket.

Spring Forest Middle students will participate with art teacher Becky Mustachio. In other areas, Spring Woods High astronomy teacher Dan Wilkes collaborated with Space Center Houston’s education manager, Phyllis Friello, on topics that address current space exploration. Astronomy students will collaborate with art students on visual representations.

Spring Woods High Theatre students are also expected to create a brief video on the upcoming festival.

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Urban Canvas Lockdown Challenge video


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