Letter to the Editor

The Big Idea:

How does an artist's point of view affect both the intended and perceived meanings of his or her art?

Activity overview

Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros were artists and political activists dedicated to creating work that served the common people and expressed their beliefs. This activity is connected to the activities ''Rivera vs. Rockefeller'' and "Siqueiros in Jail." You will write about the revolutionary actions of Rivera and Siqueiros, either as a letter to a newspaper editor or as an op-ed column. Before writing your essay, read those sections of your local newspaper to get a feel for the proper format.

Look closely

Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.

In this activity you will:

  1. develop an argument about the work of Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros
  2. write an essay expressing your opinion
  3. edit and submit your essay

You will be graded on:

  1. research notes from Making Sense of Modern Art
  2. participation and leadership in class discussion
  3. letter structure, use of persuasive language, and clarity of argument