She was mostly confined to her home. Since she could not go out much, so her main subject was herself! Fifty-five of her 143 paintings are self portraits. She was influenced by native Mexican culture, shown in bright colors with a mixture of realism and symbolism.
Frida was well known for her use of bold and vibrant colors, and her self assured and confident style. She was (and still is) a fashion icon. She artistically decorated herself as if she were the canvas. Notice the flowers in her hair? Frida made sure every detail was perfect and fashionable in her self portraits. What else do you notice about these paintings?
What do you think of her outfit in these paintings? She often painted her self in beautiful outfits with bold and lively backgrounds! Frida also liked to add animals to her paintings. Do you have any pets that you like to draw or take photos of?
Let's play dress up like Frida. Go find a fashionable outfit to wear for the rest of the lesson. The more ornate, decorative and over the top, the better! Go wild! Express your creativity through your clothing, just like Frida.
Now we get creative..
Set up a painting or drawing station in front of a mirror in your home. Make sure you have all your supplies and you can see your whole outfit. Paint want you see!
Painting a self portrait is a really important exercise for all artists. It's a great way to practice observational skills and make some creative choices about how to express it all on paper. Be sure to get in all the little details about your outfit. Your background can be whatever you are inspired by! It could be just a solid color or pattern. You could imagine yourself standing in your favorite place or an imaginary world, and you can always make it lively by adding animals--just like Frida!