Mind-Blowing Chalk Art Featured at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

by | Jan 21, 2021 | EPCOT, WDW Blog

Works of interactive chalk art have been a staple of the EPCOT Festival of the Arts. See what the “Chalkers” have been up to at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts!

One of my absolute favorite parts of attending the festival multiple times is seeing what the artists, particularly the chalk artists, come up with. This love might stem from my best friend being such a great chalk artist herself. (note: many pictures are from 2020 before the closure of the parks due to COVID-19)

3D Chalk Drawings Make YOU Part of the Art!

Nate Baranowski recreating a scene from the live-action Mulan in chalk on the streets of EPCOT

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Nate Baranowski, street painter and chalk artist from Chicago, is the creator behind these 3-dimensional designs. So far this year he has created interactive pieces with Beast’s rose, Elsa’s horse and this epic scene from the live-action Mulan. 

You can help carry pails of (chalk art) water up the mountain at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Rapunzel’s tower is probably my favorite from last year. Look how fun the photo ops are!

Hoist yourself up by Rapunzel's golden locks at the 2020 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Balancing over the streets of Agrabah was pretty fun too!

You could glide above the streets of Agri-bah at the 2020 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

And who wouldn’t love to hold Remy in the palm of their hand?! 

This chalk drawing of Remi could fit in your palm- at the right angle, of course!

Photo by Julie de la Fe

The festival isn’t even half over yet and I can’t wait to see what else Nate has up his sleeve!

Vibrant and Playful 2D Chalk Art

Artists creating new pieces of chalk art for the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Disney characters and serene landscapes are created live in front of your lives by Leigh Alfredson and others. They draw you right into the scene or movie and it’s so incredible. The talent is unreal! 

Leigh has been chalking for 26 years and loves chatting to guests while chalking, appeasing her extrovert personality.

She loves the stanchions that prevent her, and her art, from being walked on and that they draw people over to see what masterpiece they are creating. She says her favorite work is Fantasia Mickey!

Pi was part of the background for Bruni at the 2020 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

In year’s past, Leigh allowed others to create a small space in her artwork. Last year I added my own flair, the math symbol pi, to one of the squares!

Photo by Julie de la Fe

And then pi became part of the background for Bruni! She wishes this could happen again this year but COVID precautions prevent this. Hopefully next year!

I love that she incorporates classic and new Disney/Pixar characters as well as landscapes. The colors alone make me happy! I’m always excited to stop by and see what they have come up with on my next visit.

See Joe's soul in chalk at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Where does her vision come from? Leigh said, “I love to search images and see how other artists created the characters. The Old Masters are also inspiring. I like trying techniques I am unfamiliar with, for example Impressionism.”

Chalk Art at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Figment is acting as the mascot of the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Photo by Julie de la Fe

If you’re looking for these chalk artists at the festival they are located behind Spaceship Earth before you get to the World Showcase up the middle walkway. Stop by to chat and tell the artists how much you appreciate their work!

Are you going to make it to the 2021 EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts and see all of the new chalk art? It ends on February 22 and there is still so much food, art, music to be experienced!


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Written by Julie De la Fe

Written by Julie De la Fe

Julie is an avid Disney-adventurer, social media enthusiast and enjoys writing about all things Disney. She maximizes her Gold Annual Pass, dresses in Disney style, and attends all the special events she can. If she could live on a Disney Cruise she just might but Animal Kingdom would be a close second.

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