Learning About Famous Artists
Featuring: Frida Kahlo
This is the second post in a series of four all about how you can incorporate famous artists; Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali into your teaching. This post is full of ideas, book recommendations and some free resources you can use right away. Great for art teachers, classroom teachers, parents and just about anyone wanting to learn about or teach about Frida Kahlo!
Many people use art to express themselves or to help get through hard times in their life. Many think that Frida’s paintings were those of her dreams – but in fact they were not. She painted her life, not her dreams. I imagine she had different dreams for her life.
Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist extraordinaire, was born and raised in a famously blue house (La Casa Azul, now a museum). She suffered from a number of physical ailments, some due to the polio she contracted at age 6, and others to the horrific bus accident she endured at 18. Her pain and isolation informed much of her work; she’s most well known for her self-portraits. Kahlo also is known for her advocacy on the part of women and indigenous people, and for her marriage to the famous painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Read more about her on wikipedia.
Artists teach important lessons beyond the pages of our sketchbooks. Frida, having lived through so much physical pain in her life teaches us much about perseverance. Even through all the pain (and over 30 surgeries) in her life, Frida still dressed herself in beautiful clothes, wore rings on her fingers and is now famous for all the flowers, ribbons and bows she wore in her hair.
Frida Kahlo DIY Flower Headband: Make your own flower headband with these fun instructions here.
Frida Kahlo Collaboration Poster: My collaborative poster of Frida Kahlo is a fun way to either start a lesson about her or end a unit of study – it also stands all on it’s own! The final poster (pictured below) is approx. 35″ x 42″ when complete.
When the pages comes together your students will see Frida Kahlo gazing back at them in all her glory. Some teachers like to tell their students who they will be creating and others like to keep the surprise until the end. This is my preferred method because kids have so much fun trying to figure out “who” it is as they work. See the poster HERE.
There are two poster variations included in my resource. The first (described above) is great for any age group as it requires that the children color the pages of the poster. The second poster variation is designed for secondary grades or upper elementary classes. It creates an easy way (for teachers) to create a grid portrait of Frida where each child draws their portion of the poster and works together to line up their pieces so that the final image works. Here are examples of what the pages of poster #2 look like: Art teachers teach grid drawing all the time – this poster is designed to save time and remove a lot of the prep of teaching a grid portrait lesson of Frida. You can see the full resource HERE.
Frida Kahlo FREEBIES:
Group collaboration posters are a lot of fun and serve an important role in having children work together, but at the end of the day students don’t get to keep anything. That is why I include bonus individual resources in each of my collaborative posters.
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This free resource includes:
Quote coloring pages for Picasso, Dali, Kahlo and O’Keeffe.
Unscramble the drawing for Picasso, Dali, Kahlo and O’Keeffe.
Unscramble – cut and paste for Picasso, Dali, Kahlo and O’Keeffe (pictured below).
Frida Kahlo FREE Coloring Page: Get a copy of this free Frida Kahlo coloring activity HERE from mom.me. My daughter and I had a lot of fun coloring this. She is four years old and absolutely loves Frida. She colored 3 of these total and we sent one to her cousin as a gift.
While my daughter was coloring one of her three Frida coloring pages she was singing a song she made up that went like this, “Kahlo Kahlo Kahlo.” You can see that little video from Instagram.
Frida Kahlo Books: I recently re-designed our family playroom to include this reading area – a perfect place to read about Frida!
I almost always start a lesson with a book or end it with a book when I’m working with children. I try to have as many books on hand so when children finish their work early they can look through the books and read the ones that they find interesting. You can go to your local library or your school library to get some of these books. Or if you have a very bad habit of buying lots of books, like I do, then here are a few of my favorites (please note these images are affiliate links to Amazon – see disclosure here). I’ve listed them in order by my favorite – with the top image being my most favorite of these books! Click on images to see…
If you are looking for bilingual baby board books click HERE.
Frida Kahlo Coloring Books: I have this Frida Kahlo coloring book and absolutely love it – it’s a lot of fun for adults and kids!
Frida Kahlo App: I was so excited when I found this app. It’s not free, but it’s totally worth every penny. This app basically reads (or lets you read) the story of Frida’s World. I use this in the car when my daughter wants to play a game or watch something on my phone, she can “turn” the page by swiping the images and the application will read the story to her. You can see it HERE (no affiliation).
Frida Kahlo Costume: If you are teaching upper elementary or middle school (or high) then no doubt you have students that love to dress up. I’ve know many teacher who like to re-create famous paintings with their students for a live museum type of project. This one, from The House That Lars Built is probably my favorite:
Art Projects for Kids makes great step-by-step drawing lessons – like this great one for Frida.
See the work of these first graders for their Frida inspired self portraits from Color, Collage and Much More.
I love these clay pendants from Eclectic Chica.
Easy decopage earrings from Live Colorful.
You could EASILY do this next project with shoe boxes your students can bring in from home. This project is also from Live Colorful.
Frida Kahlo on Pinterest: See my Frida Kahlo Pinterest board for all my latest Frida finds.
You may also like my post about Georgia O’Keeffe.
Than you for reading and making art with your students!
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