Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and IdeasFrida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities by Carol Sabbeth
Published by Chicago Review Press on August 1st 2005
Pages: 160
My Rating: four-stars

Children will find artistic inspiration as they learn about iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in these imaginative and colorful activities. The art and ideas of Kahlo and Rivera are explored through projects that include painting a self-portrait Kahlo-style, creating a mural with a social message like Rivera, making a Day of the Dead ofrenda, and crafting an Olmec head carving. Vibrant illustrations throughout the book include Rivera's murals and paintings, Kahlo's dreamscapes and self-portraits, pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk art, as well as many photographs of the two artists. Children will learn that art is more than just pretty pictures; it can be a way to express the artist's innermost feelings, a source of everyday joy and fun, an outlet for political ideas, and an expression of hope for a better world. Sidebars will introduce children to other Mexican artists and other notable female artists. A time line, listings of art museums and places where Kahlo and Rivera's art can be viewed, and a list of relevant websites complete this cross-cultural art experience.

For some reason this year I’ve been interested in Mexico City, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera. It partly started because there was a local Frida festival and art exhibit, and partly because of a story on a local news site where the editor-in-chief talked about his vacation to Mexico City with his son.

Next thing I knew I was researching flights and AirBnbs. Turns out both were super affordable. I also checked out this book to read and learn about the lives of two of Mexico’s most famous artists. I enjoyed reading this book to learn more about their lives and liked that it was aimed at kids and included art projects.

The book is a great read if you want some facts about Frida and Diego’s lives, their work, and the times they lived in, but want a PG version of it.

I did a YouTube search for vlogs of people visiting Mexico City (or CDMX) in the past 4-6 months to get an idea of what the city looks like now. I found Eileen Aldis’s channel and her wonderful videos about her time in CDMX and a few other locations in Mexico.

Here’s a great video about a Frida Tour.

A few months after reading the book I accompanied my niece on a visit of The University of Texas at Austin and we got to see an exhibition titled “Mexico Modern: 1920-1945 Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange”. The exhibition “explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States”. There were several works by Kahlo and Rivera, along with photographs of them. It was a lot of fun to see knowing what I learned from this book!

This was book number 34 of 52 for 2017.