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Apologies to Irving Berlin

Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927. The song first appeared in the 1930 film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). This...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by jamevang, on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm | 4 comments | 656 Views

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Agrarian Graffiti

Graffiti: the word conjures images of urban blight, tagging, spray paint, non-color-matched swaths of painted patchwork rolled on to cover up the offending...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by JasonBub, on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm | 3 comments | 1553 Views

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Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by mpbse.nic.in, on Feb 10, 2017 at 1:20 am | 11 comments | 2341 Views

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The Art of Protest Placards

Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired. Protests signs can generally be categorized thus: • X is thus • X will...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 21, 2017
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | 2 comments | 873 Views

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Political Performance Art

During the endless nearly-two-billion-dollars-down-a-rathole presidential campaign, many pundits and prognosticators opined that Donald Trump didn’t...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 5, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:20 am | 7 comments | 510 Views

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Anatomy of a Summer Camp Project A Visual Essay, Phase 2

==I Setup for painting involves taping two 9 x 12 drop cloths and surrounding protective cloths and tarps to the pavement, resulting in an approximately...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 23, 2016
Last comment by Ricky jones, on Nov 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm | 3 comments | 1126 Views

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BAMPFA

From a drought perspective, the last day of January was not goo, a sunny and warm Sunday. But for art-lovers, it was a good day. I was one of many attending the...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2016
Last comment by ares, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm | 6 comments | 1029 Views

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Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by alex, on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:40 am | 6 comments | 1343 Views

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trAction Abstraction

In January I profiled Rossmoor resident Karl Livengood, a retired social worker involved with the Rossmoor Senior Tutors Program. He also coordinates the Fine Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2016
Last comment by mike, on Sep 24, 2016 at 9:26 am | 5 comments | 776 Views

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Teambuilding, Teamwork

Over the past year, I've reported in this blog on efforts by my colleagues and me to bring trAction Painting to kids—and adults. In all of these efforts,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 13, 2015
Last comment by rembo, on Aug 19, 2016 at 4:27 am | 5 comments | 1983 Views

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Anatomy of a Summer Camp Project: A Visual Essay, Phase 1

This summer marks the third art camp event my associates and I have staged at Los Medanos Village in Pittsburg. The first year, the kids painted a 7 x 15–foot...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 14, 2016
There are no comments yet. 1678 Views

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Day 2: Geometry

Too difficult to draw figures on the painted canvas. So instead ten teams each draws a geometric figure on an 18 x 24 sheet of paper and cuts it out...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by Mike Hudson, on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:53 am | 2 comments | 949 Views

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July Symbolike

What else? ...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 4, 2016
There are no comments yet. 1127 Views

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Symbolike June

Mid-June, and the surrounding hills are bathed in golden yellow/brown, with still a splash of color from wildflowers and patches of green that...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 11, 2016
There are no comments yet. 526 Views

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Symbolike March

Green for excessive drinking and puking. Aquamarine (or as close as I could get with spray paint) for my birth month’s birthstone. Decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2016
Last comment by Aahna, on May 30, 2016 at 8:06 am | 3 comments | 793 Views

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Hang Eight

In my August 19, 2015, posting, “Adult Ed,” I chronicled a trAction Painting event held in my garage. To briefly recap: a group...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 19, 2016
Last comment by JAB, on May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am | 2 comments | 1295 Views

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Fautisme

Since I created trAction Painting, students, my associates, and I have employed bikes, skates, scooters, rollers, and other wheel-wielding objects...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 1, 2016
Last comment by Shane, on May 7, 2016 at 9:54 am | 3 comments | 817 Views

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Learning the Ropes: Curating 101

Recently my husband and I were driving through a small town on our way home from Mendocino. It exuded charm and quaintness, good food, good wine. . .all the expected...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 2, 2014
Last comment by Tora Satterfield, on May 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm | 1 comment | 2144 Views

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Symbolike May

“In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.”...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 4, 2016
There are no comments yet. 898 Views

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Site Parasites

“I visit this blog first time and inspire by this good stuff work. Incredible post keeps up posting such great information. If you like...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 23, 2016
Last comment by Michael Austin, on Apr 29, 2016 at 7:51 am | 4 comments | 1439 Views
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