Artist Saturday: Dadaism

By decafJess - January 26, 2019


Click here for printable cheat sheet from my Google Drive.

So, if you weren't already aware, dadaism is pretty weird.
Kids love weird.

PROGRAM BLURB
Study artists from the past and create your own art based on their style.


SUPPLIES NEEDED
Literally anything, honestly --

I used:

  • stretched canvas (or multimedia paper)
  • oil and chalk pastels
  • different bizarre duct tapes
  • cut out letters in different backgrounds
  • glue
  • scissors

PREP WORK
Just read up a bit on dada. It's pretty entertaining. 

The great thing about exploring art with young kids is that you don't need to know everything to get started. You're not lecturing to a hall full of grad students here. You need to know enough to give a brief introduction and get them curious, then give them the resources to explore a bit more.


PROGRAM AGENDA
Take a few minutes to discuss the creation of dada and the societal circumstances that led to it, gauging the maturity of your participants. Dada came into fruition with WW1 and everything that came with it.

Either pass around or show slides of a few selected artworks. I selected the four up top. Discuss themes you see, what you think the author was thinking, and what they want you, the viewer, to think.

...then break out the supplies, and have at it!

The kids did an awesome job and I really want to share more pictures, but every other kid featured cut outs of their names and I didn't want to share any identifiers. 


Have fun!

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