From Mrs. Englander
In our next unit of study we will investigate the Frida and Diego Collection!
Mexico’s most famous and provocative artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, were an extraordinary couple who lived in extraordinary times. They were soul mates and complete opposites. Rivera was a brilliant muralist and painter whose work explores the history and future of humanity. Kahlo was a fearless painter whose small self-portraits depict intense physical and emotional pain through a surrealist lens. He was large, 6 feet tall and 300 pounds, a whirlwind of energy and intelligence. She was tiny, 5 feet 3 inches tall and less than 100 pounds, often bedbound with pain, yet pushing artistic boundaries. The multifaceted lives and work of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo offer students a rich and fascinating subject, as they examine primary source documents and conduct independent research.
In each sub-unit, students practice working with descriptive writing. They analyze an unusual love letter from Frida to Diego. They compare Frida’s statement to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. In a subsequent sub-unit, students are introduced to Socratic seminars. They rely on their research to participate in a dialogue about the complicated issues inherent in the work of Frida and Diego.
As students reach the end of the unit, they synthesize all the skills they’ve developed to tackle a culminating research project—part-essay, part-multimedia collage.
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