Arts and Artists


  • The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo | Lesson Plan: Personal or Political?

    "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." - Frida Kahlo

    The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo is an intimate biography of a woman who gracefully balanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world-renowned. Kahlo was an eyewitness to a unique pairing of revolution and renaissance that defined the times in which she lived.

    In this lesson plan, students will consider what makes art political, debate the relevance of the term "political art" to Frida Kahlo’s work, and create their own self-portraits using the style of Frida Kahlo as inspiration.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo | Media Gallery

    The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo is an intimate biography of a woman who gracefully balanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world-renowned. Kahlo was an eyewitness to a unique pairing of revolution and renaissance that defined the times in which she lived.

    In this lesson plan, students will consider what makes art political, debate the relevance of the term "political art" to Frida Kahlo’s work, and create their own self-portraits using the style of Frida Kahlo as inspiration.

    FRIDA: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Storm That Swept Mexico | Lesson Plan: Revolutionary Art

    “Their work doesn’t remain on the canvas, it goes much further than that. They try to envision a new reality.”

    — Laura Matute Gonzalez (Art Historian)

    Following the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government supported the development of a new school of art to break with the dominance of the European tradition. This new movement sought to create a “real” Mexican art that would strengthen and reaffirm Mexican identity and the values of the Revolution. The Mexican Muralist movement was born as a means to provide a visual narrative of the post-Revolutionary vision of Mexican history and was driven by the ideal that art should be “by the public, for the public.” In this lesson, students will examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Storm that Swept Mexico: Revolutionary Art | Media Gallery

    Following the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government supported the development of a new school of art to break with the dominance of the European tradition. This new movement sought to create a “real” Mexican art that would strengthen and reaffirm Mexican identity and the values of the Revolution. The Mexican Muralist movement was born as a means to provide a visual narrative of the post-Revolutionary vision of Mexican history and was driven by the ideal that art should be “by the public, for the public.” In this lesson accompanied by a film clip from the documentary 'The Storm that Swept Mexico', students will examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.

    REVOLUTIONARY ART: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

    Grades: 9-12
  • Orozco: Man of Fire | Lesson Plan: Bearing Witness through Public Art

    "The highest, the most logical, the purest form of painting is the mural. It is, too, the most disinterested form, for it cannot be made a matter of private gain: it cannot be hidden away for the benefit of a certain privileged few. It is for the people. It is for all."

    - José Clemente Orozco

    José Clemente Orozco was one of the primary artistic innovators of the twentieth century. Along with his fellow Mexican muralists, he revived the fresco tradition. Unlike Italian Renaissance frescos, which celebrated a unified vision of the world and humanity’s place within it, Orozco’s frescos express a modernist sensibility that questions and deconstructs. He forged an original and remarkable synthesis in monumental murals that are imbued with beauty, irony and a critical spirit.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos | Lesson Plan: Combat PTSD and Art as Therapy

    “With PTSD, you kind of go right back to that point in time and live there for a while. So the writing kind of takes him there, but then it brings him back out.”

    - Linda Rodriguez, wife of Vietnam Veteran and author, Michael Rodriguez

     

    Through this lesson, students will understand what PTSD is and about its prevalence in the general population, especially among combat veterans. They will also discuss how the specific social and political experiences of Latino veterans interviewed in AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS contributed to their experience of PTSD, and the benefit of art-based therapy in Vietnam Veterans lives and the lives of veterans of modern warfare.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos | PTSD and Art as Therapy: Media Gallery

    AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on three artists from south Texas: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and actor/poet Eduardo Garza. Through the personal histories and experiences of these Chicano veterans, the film reveals the important role art plays in sorting their memories, celebrating their culture, and treating the long-term impact of their military experience including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Through these film clips and lesson plan, students will understand what PTSD is and about its prevalence in the general population, especially among combat veterans. They will also discuss how the specific social and political experiences of Latino veterans interviewed in AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS contributed to their experience of PTSD, and the benefit of art-based therapy in Vietnam Veterans' lives and the lives of veterans of modern warfare.

    AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: PTSD AND ART THERAPY EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

    Grades: 9-13+
  • El Poeta | Lesson Plan | Answering Violence with Non-Violent Action

    "It doesn't matter if we reached the tree and picked the fruit, what matters is having walked toward it."

    - Parayam Desai, Gandhi's disciple

     

    EL POETA tells the heartbreaking and inspiring story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco — collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

    After his son’s death in 2011, Sicilia called on the Mexican people to protest, bringing more than 100,000 people to the capital demanding that the government address the devastating impact of the militarized drug war. The movement, which embraced the principles of nonviolent action, launched peace caravans throughout Mexico and then crossed the border to the United States, urging American citizens and lawmakers to acknowledge that America’s appetite for drugs (the U.S. makes up 90 percent of the market for Mexican drugs) and loose gun laws have fueled the ongoing war.

    EL POETA transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of protest and the courage of conviction to inspire positive change.

    Description adapted from: VOCES PBS and New PBS Documentary 'El Poeta' Screening & Discussion At Logan Heights Library 

      

    Grades: 9-13+
  • El Poeta | Stepping Up: Answering Violence With Non-Violent Action | Media Gallery

    Using excerpts from the VOCES documentary El Poeta, students will learn about Poet Javier Sicilia and the “Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity”; explore the concept of Nonviolent Action and develop a working definition for the term; and learn about the Six Principles of Nonviolence from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. 

    EL POETA: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

    Grades: 9-12
  • Pedro E. Guerrero Photography Workshop

    This media gallery contains video clips from the American Masters and VOCES co-presentation of Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey. The videos are intended for use in a beginner's photography workshop. See the support materials below for a sample photography workshop plan.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Unfinished Spaces

    The Cuban Revolution changed over time, particularly for creative professionals like the architects who designed the innovative National Art Schools. What happens when the initial moment of a revolution gives way to an established ideology? This video clip and accompanying lesson plan provide insight into the Cold War Era by exploring the impact of Soviet involvement in an emerging Cuban state.

    Grades: 6-13+

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