|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 pbs.org.
• 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.
COLORING PAGES & MORE
• 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.
• Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities (For Kids series) by Carol Sabbeth
• Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
• Diego by Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter
• My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo: Memories of My Father and His Art/Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte by Guadalupe Rivera Marín
• Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Diaz
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...