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!

And if you would like to learn about other historical figures, check out my post on Latinos in History Your Children Should Know.


• 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.

The Kimball Art Museum has this excellent lesson plan on murals and Diego Rivera. It is best paired with this video.

The National Gallery of Art has this lesson for creating a collage.

American Masters has this lesson for grades 7 through 12

• 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.

Kid World Citizen has this collaborative mural project that's perfect for both young and older students.

Art in Action has this mini lesson inspired by Diego's "La Piñata."

The Cleveland Museum of Art has this comprehensive and excellent lesson plan available for download.

The Laughing Zebra has this fun watermelon art project based on Rivera's last painting, The Watermelons.


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...

Videos with Art Lessons on Diego Rivera

  • Art Spark Texas has this art lesson best geared for high school students and older.

  • La Galeria- Arts and Crafts with Ms. Oropeza has this delightful lesson for younger students that teaches them about color blending. It's probably best for upper elementary and early middle school students. 

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