Duration 3 - 50 min. sessions
- Ask students to think of examples of famous murals (i.e. Sistine Chapel) and/or murals that might be in their community.
- Discuss how Rivera didn't want his art to be contained in museums and galleries. He wanted people to have open access to his work.
- Divide the class into groups to research the events of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940) and the United State's Great Depression.
- Each group, using a variety of sources, will gather information about these time periods.
The following site contains information about the Mexican Revolution: http://www.northcoast.com/~spdtom/rev.html
This site contains information about the Great Depression.
- After spending twelve years in Paris, Rivera returned to Mexico in 1921. The Mexican government was commissioning artists, Rivera included, to paint frescos for public buildings. The themes for these paintings included social and national themes, and religious motifs.
- Find books with examples of Rivera's Mexican murals in your local library. The following site contains Rivera's Night of the Rich and A Dream of a Sunday in Alameda Park:
- Use your research information from studying the Mexican Revolution to discuss how Rivera's work reflected what was happening in Mexico during this period of time.
- Rivera came to the United States to paint in 1930.
- Visit the following sites to view some of Rivera's work that he painted in the United States:
- Discuss how the images in Rivera's murals relate to what was happening in the United States during this time period.
- Ask students to find a Rivera mural that interests them and create a short story based on the mural.
Duration 10 - 50min. sessions
Students will be evaluated on the overall quality of their story.
Students will be evaluated on their participation in the class mural.
Have students investigate what public artwork exists in their community. Students may also explore the existence of state and national public art works.