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Retablo-Style
Self-Portraits

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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities

Grades

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
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Brief Description

Students create tinfoil self-portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter.

Objectives

Students demonstrate abilities in using common materials to create self-portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Keywords

self-portrait, Mexico, painter, Frida Kahlo, tinfoil, folk art

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • printouts of the first page of Frida Kahlo: The Bold Artist
  • 12-inch by 18-inch cardboard (one per student)
  • tinfoil
  • soap flakes or liquid hand soap
  • tempera paint
  • white glue
  • student-chosen items (see lesson plan)

Lesson Plan

  • Distribute printouts of the background information about Frida Kahlo. Read the information to students, or ask several students to read the printout aloud. Discuss the examples of Kahlo's style on the page.
  • Link to the Student Activity: Retablo-Style Self-Portraits (scroll down the page for the lesson) that follows the background information page.

Assessment

Observe students' participation, and evaluate their self-portraits.

Lesson Plan Source

Juniper Learning, Inc.

Submitted By

Janet Riehl

National Standards

Language Arts
NL-ENG.K-12.1
NL-ENG.K-12.2
NL-ENG.K-12.9

Fine Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1
NA-VA.K-4.2
NA-VA.K-4.3
NA-VA.K-4.4
NA-VA.5-8.1
NA-VA.5-8.2
NA-VA.5-8.3
NA-VA.5-8.4
NA-VA.9-12.1
NA-VA.9-12.2
NA-VA.9-12.3
NA-VA.9-12.4


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