There are two videos to choose from to learn about Diego Rivera.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section.
This video highlights 138 works created by Diego Rivera. It provides valuable insight into the history and life of Mexican people. You may wish to pause the video on some or all of the works to take a longer look at them.
You will need:
Watch the video and recreate a Diego Rivera painting
Include a copy of your mural in your portfolio.
Diego Rivera’s works often depicted the real life experiences of Mexican people.
Create a country profile for Mexico using this template from Layers of Learning.
To discover more about Mexico, use these resources:
Include a copy of your Mexico profile in your portfolio.
Create a biography project about Diego Rivera.
Here is a basic biography template from Squarehead Teachers for you to download and fill in.
Use the videos above, the books below, and other research online or through your library to discover more about Diego Rivera’s life.
Save your written biography for your portfolio.
Using the knowledge you now have, and the resources below, create a presentation about the life and works of Diego Rivera. You could use Powerpoint or Google Slides, make a video or create a poster.
Think about what you might like to include, such as key life events and places, most famous works and interesting facts. Don’t forget to upload your presentation to your portfolio.
In 1907, Diego Rivera travelled to Europe to study Spanish art. He noticed the geometric landscapes many European artists were painting, and this led him on a journey into Cubism.
Cubism is a unique and often abstract art form. The artist looks at an object from several points of view, and builds a piece from the individual fragments which, in ‘real life’ are three-dimensional, but two-dimensional on the canvas.
“I immediately surrendered to the glory of cubism and hailed it as the most authentic way to reach my deepest feelings”: Diego Rivera
Watch this video which explains more about the Cubist art movement.
Learn more about Diego Rivera’s journey into Cubism here
Now choose from one (or more!) of the videos below and have a go at creating a Cubist masterpiece!
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Feel like you’ve got the hang of Cubism? Why not create a cubist self-portrait! This video will guide you if you need some inspiration.
Include a copy of your artwork in your portfolio.
Choose at least one.
Use this template from graphicorganizer.net or Time Graphics to create your timeline. Be creative! Feel free to add images, quotes or illustrations to your work. Dive into any events which spark your interest.
Include the following key dates:
Add the key dates to your timeline, along with the creation of some of his most famous works. Feel free to add others.
Include a copy of your timeline in your portfolio.
Write a poem, song, or rap about one of Diego Rivera’s murals. Poems and songs often capture the experience or emotion of a moment. Think about how you can connect to the human element of the story in writing your poem.
Some ideas to choose from:
“Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central” was a controversial work by Diego Rivera. A large mural, which drew attention to issues such as the subjugation of Mexico’s Indigenous people, the War of Independence, and into the 20th Century.
“Sugar Cane”, a mural which depicts ideas around class-struggles, and the racism faced by Indigenous persons.
“Man Controller of The Universe” another controversial work which was commissioned by The Rockefellers, but subsequently destroyed.
Upload it to your portfolio as a written piece, or record it as video.