Frida Kahlo: A Woman Situated between Two Worlds

Activity Steps:

Create a podcast that examines how Kahlo expresses her love of Mexico in her work.

1. Brainstorm:
What do you think Frida Kahlo meant when she said, 'Don't just copy, paint about your homes, your brothers, the bus, what happens'? Share your ideas with your classmates.
2. Explore:
View the screen 'What was Kahlo's experience in the U.S.?' Pay particular attention to the stops 'Patriotism,' 'Two Worlds,' and 'American Culture.' View the screen 'How has Kahlo influenced contemporary artists?' Watch the video and learn about the different artists who were influenced by Kahlo. Focus on what was important in Kahlo's life, what she valued, and how the Chicano community saw her. As you explore these screens, take notes to use in developing your podcast script.
3. Analyze:
Think about the ways in which Kahlo united her work, her life and her passion for politics. Find specific examples from the interactive features and share your ideas with a classmate.
4. Research:
Kahlo's work touches people's lives today in diverse ways. To learn how, visit the following links:
  1. 'Understanding Frida Today' http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/today/index.html
  2. 'Frida' (a 2002 movie) http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/aafridainta.htm
  3. 'All Souls: The Frida Kahlo Cult.' The New Yorker Magazine, November 5, 2007. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/artworld/2007/11/05/071105craw_artworld_schjeldahl?currentPage=all
5. Write:
Work collaboratively with classmates to create a script for a podcast that highlights Kahlo's love of her country. You can work with a partner or in a small group. Select specific works of art and quotations from the interactive feature and integrate them into your podcast script. You can also combine your small-group work to make a full-length feature by adding transitions to connect ideas generated by all of the groups in your class. Write an introduction and an ending for your podcast. Practice the podcast script before you record it.
6. Record:
Use a microphone and a recording device to record your voice. Read your script clearly and pause regularly for clarity. Add music and images to your track.
7. Present:
Share your finished work with others in your school or community. Ask listeners what they liked about the podcast and what they learned from it.
8. Reflect:
You were able to summarize information in your podcast. It is often helpful to think about information by expressing it in different ways. Think about what you learned in this activity, and choose one of the following ways to express it: paint a picture create a dance write a song design a logo for a tee shirt