Wednesday, October 6, 2010

StArt- Frida

One of my favorite artist is the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. I was fortunate enough to see some of her original works and visit one of her homes while staying in Guanajuato, Mexico.

I was very excited to find a children's book that discusses the life and art of Frida Kahlo. We own the Spanish version of this book but it is also available in English. It is worth checking out the book just to see the unique and interesting illustrations.
Frida (English Language Edition)

One of the things that we learned about Frida was that she learned to paint by copying the paintings of other artists while she was bedridden with illness. We had not painted for quite a while so on this lovely autumn day we drug out the easel and painted out in the backyard. The boys (well, Diego) tried to copy some of the paintings from the book. Mateo, who LOVES to paint, had fun mixing colors and ended up painting his arms and face and calling himself "Hulk."

Diego did SEVERAL paintings but one of my favorites was this copy of the skeleton seen below. We will definitely do this process of copying works from different artists again. It was good practice paying attention to detail and sparked his interest in artists.

I am linking this to StArt at A Mommy's Adventures.


  1. I like her paintings too, and I am adding the book to Evernote. Too funny about Hulk :)

  2. Thanks for the reminder! We haven't done painting in a while, either. And this is one book that we have not read yet. I'll have to find a copy...

  3. Nice way to being a book alive. Thank you for sharing.

  4. It's nice to see a book about a female artist. So many concentrate on the male "masters."

  5. I so see the skeleton there. I agree it's very cute.

    Our last painting bout ended when Princess sat in the paint.......


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