After School Club: DuChamp

Was a very funny and lively workshop today. Kids were on top form with their puns. We talked about the playful and absurd approach of Dada which came about as a reaction to WW1 and in particular, we focussed on Marcel DuChamp and his 'ready-mades'. These included Duchamp's urinal entitled 'Fountain' and 'Bicycle Wheel' (one lad renamed it 'pedestal as in peda - stool as it was a bike wheel on a stool!) and we looked at Duchamp's reworking of the Mona Lisa. They loved her tache!

The kids made playful art using pieces of string in paint and made the string dance across the paper. One boy declared it to be 'Stringly Come Dancing' (perfect Dada pun) and then we cut out letters from newspapers to make a word of their choice to glue on. Words ranged from 'blah', 'plo', 'bika' to the intriguing 'relieved'.

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