Thursday, December 8, 2011

Diego Rivera Lesson Plans, Books, and More

Niños pidiendo posada by Diego Rivera

In honor of Diego Rivera's 125th birthday which was celebrated today around the world, I thought I would share this mural he painted of children participating in a traditional posada. I knew that he must have painted something in honor of this event, given his passion for portraying the daily lives and cultural traditions of his people. A little digging yielded the picture above. (Please ALWAYS preview sites that you google/find in a search engine without your children nearby, as some have bad links that show highly inappropriate images.)

It occurred to me that I don't have any posts dedicated to Diego. I have one sharing resources for studying Frida Kahlo, but poor Diego had not yet been featured on MommyMaestra. So I am pleased to share with you some of the resources that I have recently found, and others that I have already used with my own children. Enjoy!


• Surprisingly, I found a really good lesson plan on Crayola's website. It is a clever way to introduce your children to Diego's world and get them to thinking about the same issues that he would have thought about.

Deep Space Sparkle has what appears to be a really good 16-page booklet on the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. You can learn more about it - or be inspired by it - by visiting their site.

Denver Public Schools has put together a more detailed lesson plan for 3rd grade. I think it can easily be adapted for older or younger students.

• I also like American Masters' lesson plan on

• Also, this page on Garden of Praise has a pretty concise biography of the artist.

Learn, Create, Love has this lovely Rivera painting lesson plan.


The Museum Chick has the perfect coloring page of Rivera's The Flower Carrier.

• And I like this mural template from Art Projects for Kids.


And lastly, if you happen to live in the New York area, the Modern Museum of Art currently has some of Rivera's work on display...


  1. Wonderful job! Will do something simple now for my 6 y/o and saving it for later! Thank you :)

  2. Another idea for fresco painting is to use wallboard and a spray bottle. Wet the paper on one side of the board and rub it off (takes some time and multiple sprays of water). Give it more sprays of water to wet the surface and use it as your wet plaster for your painting. Look for broken pieces of wallboard at your local home center and ask if they'll give them to you for an art project with kids, or sell them to you very cheap.

    1. That is a great idea! Thank you for sharing.


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