When I first introduced Frida Kahlo to my primary school art classes, they just couldn't get enough of her weird and interesting surrealist paintings and her eclectic fashion style full of colour.
Frida Kahlo is such an inspiration considering how devoted she was to her artwork despite a life full of tragic circumstances.
I started the lesson by showing this video (2 minutes), to give them a few more visuals and let her story sink in. Some of my classes were on days when the school had no internet! So luckily my lesson pack came in handy as it includes a full set of slides picturing and describing her and her work, no internet needed!
The Lesson Pack is an introduction to Frida Kahlo, it's great for Key Stage 2. I used it for Years 4, 5, and 6. It includes 25 slides on Frida's life and work, set up almost like a storybook with images of her most famous portrait paintings and surreal art. Perfect Art History starter lesson, and Women's Month celebration project.
25 Slide Intro to Frida Kahlo Presentation
Drawing Practice Sheet
Lesson Plan Template
Frida Kahlo Colour by Numbers Activity Sheet
After Project Art Evaluation Sheet
After we watched the video, I set up the SmartBoard to show the slide with all her portraits so they had a reference while they created their own self-portraits. When they were finished creating their pieces, those who were finished got to colour in the Frida Kahlo colour theory printable from the Lesson Pack for some extra class time fun.
What To Do
Use the Lesson Pack to learn about Frida Kahlo.
Sketch 4 different versions of a Frida inspired portrait on the Drawing Practice sheet in the Lesson Pack, and choose the best one for the good copy
Draw the portrait on a larger scale on the card stock paper
Once dry, outline the portrait and details with black marker
Have fun finishing up the unit or lesson with a Frida Kahlo portrait colour by numbers activity sheet!