First graders learned about the Mexican painter and muralist, Diego Rivera. Rivera was known for making work that depicted the lives of everyday Mexicans, as can be seen in the image above, titled The Flower Seller.
A copy of this painting was printed and divided into over 40 squares. First graders copied what they observed in each square using oil pastels, completing anywhere from three to seven squares each. The squares were then assembled to create a large scale painting or “mural,” based off of Rivera’s Flower Seller.
Students then created “copycat” paintings, learning to mix colors, and observe relationships between objects within an image.