ART CARPET: a world wide, temporary, outdoor art event

Join artists and educators in creating a carpet of connection! The Art Carpet occurs the 2nd Wednesday of every October.

Teaching Resources

Researching impermanent artforms and participatory art has led us to explore endless ideas that we can share with our students. Each collective art making experience is created with intention and working with other people.  Working with other people involves compromise, an important problem solving trait for students to practice.

This is kind of the way we envision the sidewalks…

art carpet example

…with our circle of hands serving as the “joints” between chalk drawings. We are imagining that our work will be roughly a foot wide, focusing on length and connections between our schools and our central point. Our goal is to cover just about .5 miles with our students!


Please use the resources below in your own planning process.

Symbol for dry painting
This symbol can be easily made by tracing a pizza pan or 12 by 12 circle and tracing 5 colored hands inside. This need not be perfect. It just serves as a unifying element in our carpets, linking us together.


Lesson Plans

K-5 Lesson Plan: Dry Paintingpdf

6, 7, 8, Art I Lesson Plan: PDFsidewalk chalk dry painting-1

Art II, III, IV Lesson Plan: PDFArt Carpet Art 2,3,4

Spanish Lesson Plan:PDFTranslated Alfombra Lesson Plan

Permission Slip Example:   walking-trip-draft- editable

Examples of Geometric designs:simple geometric designspdf



Visual Presentation

Images as a PDF file: Dry Paintingpdf

Powerpoint Presentation: Dry Painting Presentation ppt

Mongolian Powerpoint Presentation: dry-painting-MONpresentation-ppt

Video clips 

In April 2014, Guatemala City’s flower carpet makes the Guinness Book of World Records!!!

Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 8.08.28 AM


Antigua Alfombras

Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 8.09.27 AM



Rangoli Sand Painting Video

Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 8.11.12 AM



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