The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
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Teacher's Guide
Parent's Guide

Parent's Guide
The following learning activities, designed for children in grades 5-12, accompany the documentary The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. The activities strive to expand an understanding of and connection to the artist's personal and professional life, as well as the colorful and complex world in which she lived and worked. The activities enable you and your child to draw on personal experiences as you work together to explore art, culture, heritage, history and even personal relationships. Where possible, be sure to use local community resources, such as museums and libraries, to enhance the activities' impact.

It is not necessary to view the film in order to use this guide. If you do decide to watch the program, be sure to preview it before sharing it with your child. The film deals with some very mature themes such as sexuality, miscarriage and illness. The story of Frida Kahlo's life may be too advanced for children under the age of 13. You will know best to what your children can or should be exposed, and will be able to select those activities you feel you will all enjoy.

Activity 1: Through your Eyes, Like Frida
Parents and children take a look at Frida Kahlo's Mexican heritage, home and culture and how these factors figured prominently in her artwork and self-identity. Children explore how artists are inspired by the world around them and some ways that Frida in particular used her art to express not only her emotions but her physical being as well.

Activity 2: The Influence of Battle
(especially appropriate for grades 7-12)
This activity encourages parents and children to discuss the impact of the Mexican Revolution on Frida, her family, and on Mexico and to talk about some of the close-up experiences Frida had with the battle and how it changed the Mexican political and social landscape.

Parent's Guide Glossary
A collection of terms found in the film.

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