Today we will be creating a mixed media project of Frida Kahlo to celebrate September’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Over 60 years after her death, Frida Kahlo’s art continues to influence Hispanic heritage and culture. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are using a minimalist style outline of Frida and blending watercolors into our painting today.

Learning intentions:
* Learn about Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico
* Practice using watercolors to create a vibrant colorful painting
* Practice drawing using a minimalist style


1. Paper
2. Watercolor set
3. Markers


1. Watch Ms. Crilley’s video lesson

2. Draw an oval to create an outline of Frida’s face

3. Draw Frida’s eyebrows – or rather, eyebrow!

In Frida’s self portraits, she would often exaggerate her eyebrows to appear as one distinctive monobrow. This is just one of her artistic expressions that made Frida Kahlo an icon

4. Draw Frida’s:
a) Lips and mouth
b) Neck
c) Ears and earrings
d) Hair
e) Flowers in her hair

Note that we do not draw her eyes in this example. This is part of what makes it a minimalist style drawing, and it draws more attention to her distinctive eyebrow

5. Paint Frida using watercolors – use a dry paper towel, tissue, or toilet paper if your paints run!