Mexican Folk Art. Frida Kahlo.

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by Kerri Ambrosino

What is the color of Mexico? Green? Red? Blue? Yellow? Black? The truth is Mexico is all the colors in the world and more. When the weather is gloomy and winter is commanding a parade you need bright moments to cheer you and your kids up.

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Mexican folk art was our class topic this week and we enjoyed listening to Mexican Folk Music while creating our masterpieces.

Every time the children work on their art pieces I tell them a few geographical facts of the country where the artist was born or something interesting about the artist who inspired our class.

That day we talked about Mexico and the artist who represents it the best – Frida Kahlo.

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What a Character! She was injured in a car accident when she was a girl and all her life suffered the consequences of it. After many surgeries she was still in a constant pain but she did not let it ruin her life. She painted even when she was bedridden and in her paintings she told her story.

So we decided that we were going to make our paintings personal too. Portrait was a bit hard to execute for the smaller kids but a hand print was an idea everybody liked and wanted to pursue.

Colors, colors everywhere. We used these squeezable bottles  from IKEA along with  assorted acrylic paintsPaper and brushes  were from IKEA, too. Do not forget a lot of paper towels or cleaning rags. The length of the process depends on the age of a child or how detailed she wishes to make a painting. We had approximately 50 minutes devoted entirely to the painting process.

First, everybody drew around their hands, even my 3 year old accomplished on her own, and then went wild. 🙂

Look at how juicy our paintings are!

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Nicholas, 4
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Maria, 9
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Victoria, 3
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Anna, 4

If you would like to learn more about Frida Kahlo you can click here. For some interesting facts about Mexico follow this link.

Have fun!

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