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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro...  (More)

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trAction Painting Summer Camp

Uploaded: Jul 23, 2014
In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates, scooters, walker, and skate wheels as my ?brushes,? I have made paintings ranging in size from 12 x 16 inches to 30 x 15 feet.

For part of that time, a colleague and I have been developing a multidisciplinary curriculum using trAction Painting as a foundation. Next week brings our first proof of concept, when we conduct a 4-day summer camp in East County. We will direct a group of elementary-school kids in producing a 12 x 7-foot canvas, employing the tools noted above, as well as others with wheels. During the project we will relate the process to elements of science and math (viscosity/flow, geometry, for example), kinesiology, and others. We will ask students to keep visual and written journals over the course of the project.

I?m looking forward to this event and plan to keep a running account of our progress in this blog.
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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:28 am

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I'm sorry I missed your trAction Painting demo at San Ramon's Art in the Park last year. I hope you will be doing it again this year. I have a Worksman tricycle, which I should be riding more often than I do. I'd be happy to let you try it out on one of your larger trAction Paintings.


Posted by Kasia Kessler, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Jul 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

John; Congrats on creating an awesome way to share the multi-displinary nature of art! This is a great reminder to us all how important art is not only to the learning process but to societies well being in general. More power to you.
With hope for more programs like this, best of luck!

Posted by Jan Hersh, a resident of Danville,
on Jul 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I look forward to the results! Fun.

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