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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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Day 2: Geometry

Uploaded: Jul 21, 2015

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 for use as a stencil. The kids then lay the stencils in random patterns across three panels of equal size the kids measured on the canvas. After placing the stencils, the kids taped around them. Some are squared off; some left with ragged edges. Each team has a leader with some knowledge of geometry. My associates and I occasionally provide guidance/assistance, but Rosemary had prepped the campers well in the previous week. The ultimate plan is to divide the canvas into a triptych, with each panel going to a separate location for display.

Today is low-key. Tomorrow the canvas returns to the parking lot and is covered with paint applied via skates, bike, scooters, and wheels on rollers. The youngest campers will employ toy cars and trucks to fill the figures' interiors before the older campers start rolling.
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Posted by ElizabethHarris, a resident of Monte Vista High School,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 3:17 am

ElizabethHarris is a registered user.

Thank you John A. Barry for sharing this. It's a good idea for entertaining and developing children's creativity and imagination. I wrote my research paper on Web Link about the activities for children, which have two purposes: to teach and to entertain. Children comprehend all material only through games, so your activity is a good example of it.

Posted by Mike Hudson, a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School,
on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

Hi John,

Geometry is the subject which always tensed me since my school days. Now with your style of teaching, children will learn it with fun. You're doing a great job.

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