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Symbolic self portrait


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Symbols and Frida Kahlo

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Symbolic self portrait

  1. 1. High Museum of Art Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting
  2. 2. Describe what you see in this painting. What do you see? What do you think the objects in the painting mean? What does it make you wonder? 
  3. 3. 1907-1954 Painter, born in Coyoacán, Mexico Painted many self- portraits Began painting after a terrible bus accident forced her to stay in bed She often showed her feelings in her paintings Married to artist Diego
  4. 4. The accident was always a major part of her life story She began painting the casts and focused on symbols that were important to her
  5. 5. Frida often painted her self-portraits in a way that told a story. She sometimes showed her feelings in her paintings. Sometimes she told about her homeland of Mexico. What do you think she is telling us about her self in this self-portrait?
  6. 6. 1. Go to each Frida painting that is posted in the room. 4min. 2. Draw 2-3 aspects of each painting that you find interesting. 3. Organize each aspect that you choose to create a composition that is full and balanced. Composite Drawings Don’t Forget to •Draw Large •Overlap •Go to the Edge
  7. 7. Jacob Lawrence
  8. 8. For your own work… What objects would you use to tell a story about you? What symbols would you use to represent who you are or what you like? Create a list of 10 things about yourself For each item, develop a symbol