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home > teaching & workshops > Workshops for Schools and Professional Development Workshops for Teachers > Program: Offering: Frida!


A. Program Title:


English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Social Studies and Visual Art Integrated Learning Activity

B. Program Description:

Color, culture, symbolism, identity, feelings and dreams are what students will explore as they view and discuss a variety of Frida Kahlo's paintings and Pre-Columbian art. Students will learn about her life and how her experiences and heritage are reflected in her works. Student art projects include retablo paintings, Pre-Columbian designs, self-portraits, and/or creating journals, depending upon the age and grade. This program is ideal for Spanish foreign language students studying Mexican culture.

Of special interest, Anitra spent one year studying the life and work of Frida Kahlo. She created five Frida “look-a-like” paintings, over a dozen large scale Frida “journal-like” paintings, and created a hands-on performance/visual art experience for groups and organizations. Wearing an authentic Frida dress, flowers and jewelry , she brings Frida alive in the classroom!

C. Program Length:

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers ~ 2 1/2 to 3 Hours

Student Workshop or Residency ~ Two to three classroom periods

D. Maximum Audience Size: 25

E. Available Dates: All year

F. Grade Level: Grades 5-12 And Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

G. Curriculum Correlation:

Visual Arts
2. Creative Expression and Communication
3. Analyzing and Responding
4. Valuing the Arts/Aesthetic Reflection
5. Connections, Relationships and Applications

English Language Arts
3. Reading Process: Concepts of Print
6. Writing Process
10. Communications: Oral and Visual

Foreign Language:
1. Communication: Communicate in languages other than English
3. Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
4. Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture

Social Studies
1. History: Use materials drawn from the diversity of human experience to analyze and interpret significant events, patterns, and themes in the history of Ohio, The United States and the world.
2. People in Societies: Use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their community and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings.

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