For this lesson, students learned about the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Following a traumatic bus accident, which left her in the hospital for many months, Kahlo began making self-portraits. Celebrated for their vivid colors and use of symbolism, these paintings explore a life marked by physical and emotional struggles.
First graders used oil pastels on top of a photograph of themselves, in order to heighten the images’ color and give the illusion of a painted surface.
Then we learned about Nichos, which are miniature altars based off of tableaus from the Roman Catholic Church. These diorama-esque creations are popular throughout Mexico, especially in relation to the holiday Dia de los Muertos, and are typically made from tooled metal.
Using examples of nichos, students designed a boarder for their self-portrait and completed it using metallic markers and colored pencils.