412 N Cherry St., Falls Church, VA 22046, US

FALLS CHURCH ARTS
Halloween Painting Festival

COME PAINT WEDNESDAY OCT. 11

3:30 PM   


PLEASE REGISTER


Contact Marty Behr-- behrmarty29@gmail.com



VISIT THE PHOTO GALLERY TAB 





Ready Set Paint

HOW TO REGISTER

Sign up and submit your sketch. Register on this site or email Marty Behr, behrmarty29@gmail.com


WHERE TO GO

Wednesday Oct. 11

Please come to the event table at  the Municipal Park on the north side of the 100 block of West Broad Street.

START TIME: 3:30 pm


ANOTHER RECORD YEAR

More than 100 painters

 and 25 downtown stores so far. 

Thank you everyone! 

Come see the Photo Gallery page.


The festival

Each October since 2008, store windows in downtown Falls Church come alive with images of bats, witches, scarecrows, pumpkins and ghosts--the friendly kind.


See the gallery on this site for past years' paintings. Check the Painter's Tips section below for instructions.


More than 150 painters--school children and parents, scout troops and soccer teams--sign up to paint in the festival, sponsored by Falls Church Arts, Falls Church City Recreation and Parks, the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, and the Business in Education Partnership. 


And without our Falls Church merchants, there would be no windows to paint. Thank you merchants!


 As one parent said, "My son Jack enjoyed painting so much tht he convinced me to buy our own set of paints so that he can decorate our front door at home. The program is a great way to encourage young (and old) artists, and build community."

Painters, parents and volunteers please sign up!

Painter's Tips

What to bring

Paint is supplied.

 But please bring brushes, water and small plastic containers for mixing paints


Newspapers and paper towels for spills are important just in case


A kitchen step stool is needed for tall windows.


It helps to protect window sills with masking tape.


Window prep

WIpe window down with dry paper towels. DOn't use Windex or other cleaners, which leave a film.



If your scene has light colors, you can put down a solid background "wash" color first.


Be sure to sign your beautiful work and take some photos. Check back at the desk when finished and get a (chocolate) kiss.

Painting your sketch

Keep your images big and bold so more passers-by can see them.


Start with darker colors first and let first coats have time to dry. Dabbing paint on a little at a time can make your images stand out.


Foam brushes are OK if they are dry, but brushes are best. Brown's Hardware has both

Clean up

We need painters to clean up after Halloween is over, between Nov. 1-4.        

But it's fun, too.


Sponges, old towels, newspapers and plenty of water required. 


Put newspapers down on the sidewalk. Soak the painting thoroughly with water, then sponge off. Then a second wash should finish everything.