SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

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High School Studio lesson Non sensical Scenes Debra Lott T he Dadaists were an unconventional group of artists who used their art to rebel against civilization in the early twentieth century. They experimented with a variety of media and often used machines as themes in their artwork. Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters incorporated city refuse into his collages, including bus tickets, newspapers, cartons, and bits of wood and metal. Francis Picabia created nonsensical machinery in his paintings, and in Parade Amoureuse, he uses symbolism to satirize bourgeois society. Referencing Picabia's paintings of nonsensical machinery for inspiration, especially Parade Amoureuse, I asked students to create their own nonsensi-

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