I have technically been a Master Street Artist since about September last year, however I had to wait till the President of the Florida Chalk Artist Association was at the same festival as me to officially get my certification... so YAY!
What exactly does being a certified Maestro mean?
For many years, street painters have demonstrated their
skills and talents. A certification system has been established in Italy to
recognize the three levels of skill and proficiency. Likewise, the FCAA has
established a certification-recognition system with three levels for its
SEMPLICE (APPRENTICE) - Student – entry level
• Beginning street painter, chalk artists
• Participate in 5 street painting festivals or events as
part of a group or solo.
• Attend street painting demonstrations or classes.
• Produce artworks of people or nature (landscape, animals,
QUALIFICATO (QUALIFYING ARTIST)
• Participate in a total of 10 street painting festivals or
events; 7 as a solo artist.
• Provide a program or demonstration on the art of street
• Write an article or column for an art publication or
newsletter covering street painting techniques, events, or observations about
the art form.
• Demonstrate an understanding of gridding, pouncing, and/or
freestyle street painting techniques.
• Produce artworks from an original composition and a
portrait (facial image)
MAESTRO (MASTER ARTIST)
• Qualify as an apprentice and qualified artist (meet those
• Participate in 15 street painting festivals or events, 12
or more as a solo artist.
• Participate in at least one Large Festival similar or
equal to Disney Masters of the Arts Street Painting Festival. (Lake Worth
Street Painting Festival / Sarasota Chalk Festival)
• Provide educational programs, instruction, or
demonstrations of street painting.
• Receive an award in a festival of 30 or more street
• Produce street paintings in 3 of 5 categories such as a
master reproduction, portrait, landscape, still life, abstract,
impressionistic, black and white, or pop art as part of your entries to
demonstrate your skills and proficiency.
So needless to say I feel pretty accomplished having
completed everything above. It is something I have been working on for a few
years, meeting most of the qualifications but just needing to participate in
certain festivals to achieve it. I guess now I will have to pick a new goal…
This weekend I had the pleasure of recreating a piece by Jasmine Bkecet-Griffith in Winter Garden, FL. It was 6x6ft and took about 7 and a half hours... I am beyond happy with how this came out, it is beautiful and my proportions are pretty spot on, something that is always a challenge when you freehand...
Here is the original piece just for reference and to credit the original artist...