Exploring Kahlo's Place in the World

The Big Idea:

How is love expressed in art?

Activity overview

Love of oneself is an intrinsic part of our identities. Kahlo's work portrays the conflicts in her life: her frustrated desire to have children; her turbulent relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera; and her physical challenges. It also expresses the many things she loved and cherished. In this activity you will design a memory box that reflects how love can be expressed in art.

Look closely

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

In this activity you will:

  1. brainstorm meanings for a quotation
  2. explore Kahlo's struggles with identity
  3. analyze Kahlo's life and art
  4. design a memory box
  5. present your memory box to your classmates
  6. reflect on what you have learned

You will be graded on:

  1. contribution to class discussion
  2. how effectively your memory box captures Kahlo's style and the things she loved (or the things you love)
  3. quality of written reflection