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Grade 8 Students Explore the Dada Art Movement
Jen Minkus

Students in Morah Jennifer Saba's Grade 8 Humanities class recently explored the Dada art movement, which was formed during World War I in reaction to the horrors of the war and its consequences. They learned about how artists rebelled against the rise of Nazis and Nazi propaganda while studying artworks by John Heartfield. Students then chose subjects they found meaningful, and in the framework of Dada and the technique of photomontage, they created their own pieces to bring awareness and potentially social action through their art. The art is meant to look anti-aesthetic in order to make people feel uncomfortable and to inspire the students to question one another.