Stay Home Art Challenge: Dada Collage Portrait

Example from Dada Artist Raoul HausmannDada was an art movement formed during the first World War in Zurich, Switzerland. It was a negative response to the horrors of the war. The art, poetry and performances produced by Dada artist were ofter satirical and nonsensical in nature. The Dada artist aim was to destroy traditional values in art and to create a new art style to replace the old. There's a lot happening in 2020 that might make us want to revolt and push back against the old just like the Dadaist. We are surrounded by horrific sights these days! So this activity seemed  relatable and like a good way to get some emotions out!

Today's exercise is to make a Dada Collage Portrait. You will need to print out one of the three drawings below or create your own. (Use Dada Artist Raoul Hausmann's example from the left to give you inspiration.) You will also need cut outs from a magazine (and scissors) and some glue. Cut out facial features to represent how you are feeling, cut out letters and words and images for the background of your portrait. Be satirical, be nonsensical, be outraged, be sad, be wild... the emotion is all yours. This is something for children and adults to do! This can be a time for healing and meditation or for education and remembering. 

We would love to see your work. Please send us a picture of your collage through our email at by 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 3rd and we will share your work with our MCAC community. 

1 photo(s) Updated on: June 03, 2020
  • Stephanie Hoy
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