Disabled, Gender-Bending Mexican Artist: Frida Kahlo
This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.
There are two videos to choose from about Frida Kahlo. The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
Now choose an Activity
Learn About Ability Status
Some of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits showed her experience as a person with disabilities. She had periods of illness and injury that affected her body and changed the way she experienced the world.
The video above discusses ABILITY STATUS. As you watch, think about these questions:
What is YOUR ability status? (If you’re not sure about this, your grown-up can help you figure it out!)
Do you have family or friends whose ability status is different from yours?
Do you feel it is important to see artwork that shows people who are disabled or differently abled? Why or why not?
Take a few minutes to write down your thoughts or talk with a buddy!
Document Special Objects
This video shows La Casa Azul (The Blue House) – Frida Kahlo’s beautiful home in Mexico City. As you watch the video, pay attention to the objects Kahlo chose to decorate her space. Most of them are traditional objects that represent her Mexican heritage.
Now think about your own home. What objects do you like to collect? Do they have special meaning to you? Does your family have any items that represent your heritage?
Spend a few minutes looking around your home to find the special objects or collections around you. They can be items passed down from a family member, or they can be your own collectibles: toys, coins, seashells… anything that you love! Document the items by arranging them together for a photo, writing about them, or drawing a picture. When you are done, add your work to your portfolio!
Watercolour Self-Portrait Project
Want to Learn More?
– Learn more about famous artists, the culture of Mexico, and outside the box people who changed the world.
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In this project, you will learn a bit more about Frida Kahlo’s life and work, and then you will create a self-portrait using watercolour paints. Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits are her most recognizable pieces, and she used them to show the world who she was, including her life experiences and her Mexican culture. What will YOU show the world through your self-portrait? Think about your interests/hobbies, where you are from, your cultural heritage, and the important moments of your life. Any of these things can be added to your painting to express who YOU are!
- Watercolour paper (or any paper you have)
- Coloured pencils
- Watercolour paints
- Cup of water
- Mirror or printed photo of yourself, if you have it
When you’re done, remember to add your work to your portfolio!
Playdoh Still-life Project
Although Frida Kahlo is most famous for her self-portraits, she did other types of art as well. In this project, you will re-create the last painting Kahlo made: Viva La Vida, Watermelons.
This artwork is called a STILL-LIFE. A still-life is an artwork that shows real-life objects arranged together.
You will need:
– Different colours of Playdoh or plasticine (red, green and white… or just use what you have!)
– Butter knife (for cutting Playdoh)
– Rolling pin (or something to roll out your Playdoh)
When you’re finished, take a photo for your portfolio!
Books About Frida Kahlo
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.