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FRIDA KAHLO
Summer Project
TASK:
1. On the second page of your new book write ‘Frida Kahlo’ in the centre of the
page and create a mind map of notes as I go through the PowerPoint of information.
Write down any important dates, places, names of people and facts about her life.
Artist Frida Kahlo was born
on July 6, 1907, in Mexico
City, Mexico. Considered
one of Mexico's greatest
artists, Frida Kahlo began
painting after she was
severely injured in a bus
accident. Kahlo later
became politically active
and married fellow artist
Diego Rivera in 1929. She
exhibited her paintings in
Paris and Mexico before
her death in 1954.
Around the age of 6, she
contracted polio, which
caused her to be
bedridden for nine
months. While she did
recover from the illness,
she limped when she
walked because the
disease had damaged her
right leg and foot. Her
father encouraged her to
play soccer, go swimming,
and even wrestle -- highly
unusual moves for a girl at
the time -- to help aid in
her recovery.
In 1922, Kahlo
enrolled at the
renowned National
Preparatory School.
She was one of the
few female students
to attend the school,
and she became
known for her jovial
spirit and her love of
traditional and
colorful clothes and
jewelry.
On September 17, 1925, Kahlo
and Gómez Arias were traveling
together on a bus when the
vehicle collided with a streetcar.
She suffered serious injuries as a
result of the accident, including a
broken spinal column, a broken
collarbone, broken ribs, a broken
pelvis, eleven fractures in her
right leg, a crushed and dislocated
right foot, and a dislocated
shoulder. Also, an iron handrail
pierced her abdomen and her
uterus. After staying at the Red
Cross Hospital in Mexico City for
several weeks, Kahlo returned
home to recuperate further. She
began painting during her
recovery and finished her first
self-portrait the following year.
While she never considered herself a
Surrealist, Kahlo befriended one of the
primary figures in that artistic and literary
movement, Andre Breton, in 1938. That
same year, she had a major exhibition at a
New York City gallery, selling half of the 25
paintings shown there. Kahlo also received
two commissions, including one from
famed magazine editor Clare Boothe Luce,
as a result of the show. In 1944, Kahlo
painted The Broken Column, which
depicted a nearly nude Frida split down
the middle revealing her spine as a
shattered decorative column. She also
wears a surgical brace and her skin is
studded with tacks or nails. Again, Kahlo
shared her physical challenges through her
art. Around this time, she had several
surgeries and wore special corsets to try to
fix her back. She would continue to seek a
variety of treatments for her chronic
physical pain with little success.
Her health issues became nearly all-consuming
in 1950. After being diagnosed with gangrene
in her right foot, Kahlo spent nine months in
the hospital and had several operations during
this time. Deeply depressed, Kahlo was
hospitalized again in April 1954 because of
poor health and died July 13th. Since her death,
Kahlo’s fame as an artist has only grown. Her
beloved Blue House was opened as a museum
in 1958. The feminist movement of the 1970s
led to renewed interest in her life and work, as
Kahlo was viewed by many as an icon of
female creativity. In 1983, Hayden Herrera’s
book on the artist, A Biography of Frida Kahlo,
also helped to stir up interest this great artist.
More recently, her life was the subject of a
2002 film entitled Frida, starring Salma Hayek
as the artist and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera.
Directed by Julie Taymor, the film was
nominated for six Academy Awards and won
for Best Makeup and Original Score.
TASK:
1. On the second page of your new
book write ‘Frida Kahlo’ in the
centre of the page and create a
mind map of notes as I go through
the PowerPoint of information.
Write down any important dates,
places, names of people and facts
about her life.
2. Using the information from your
mind map, write at least 3 – 4
paragraphs about Frida Kahlo's life
and career in your own words.
Remember to use full sentences
and correct vocabulary.
3. Stick the 4 images that I have
handed out in your book and
choose one of them to copy. Fill
the whole page and add colour.
TASK:
4. Using the computer find 4 objects
that you feel represent a part of
who you are.
5. Produce a copy of each of these
images with a brief explanation as
to how they relate to your life.
6. Produce a self portrait from the
photograph that was taken in class
and add some or all of the objects
from the previous task in the
background of the image.

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  • 2. TASK: 1. On the second page of your new book write ‘Frida Kahlo’ in the centre of the page and create a mind map of notes as I go through the PowerPoint of information. Write down any important dates, places, names of people and facts about her life.
  • 3. Artist Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Mexico City, Mexico. Considered one of Mexico's greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.
  • 4. Around the age of 6, she contracted polio, which caused her to be bedridden for nine months. While she did recover from the illness, she limped when she walked because the disease had damaged her right leg and foot. Her father encouraged her to play soccer, go swimming, and even wrestle -- highly unusual moves for a girl at the time -- to help aid in her recovery.
  • 5. In 1922, Kahlo enrolled at the renowned National Preparatory School. She was one of the few female students to attend the school, and she became known for her jovial spirit and her love of traditional and colorful clothes and jewelry.
  • 6. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo and Gómez Arias were traveling together on a bus when the vehicle collided with a streetcar. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus. After staying at the Red Cross Hospital in Mexico City for several weeks, Kahlo returned home to recuperate further. She began painting during her recovery and finished her first self-portrait the following year.
  • 7. While she never considered herself a Surrealist, Kahlo befriended one of the primary figures in that artistic and literary movement, Andre Breton, in 1938. That same year, she had a major exhibition at a New York City gallery, selling half of the 25 paintings shown there. Kahlo also received two commissions, including one from famed magazine editor Clare Boothe Luce, as a result of the show. In 1944, Kahlo painted The Broken Column, which depicted a nearly nude Frida split down the middle revealing her spine as a shattered decorative column. She also wears a surgical brace and her skin is studded with tacks or nails. Again, Kahlo shared her physical challenges through her art. Around this time, she had several surgeries and wore special corsets to try to fix her back. She would continue to seek a variety of treatments for her chronic physical pain with little success.
  • 8. Her health issues became nearly all-consuming in 1950. After being diagnosed with gangrene in her right foot, Kahlo spent nine months in the hospital and had several operations during this time. Deeply depressed, Kahlo was hospitalized again in April 1954 because of poor health and died July 13th. Since her death, Kahlo’s fame as an artist has only grown. Her beloved Blue House was opened as a museum in 1958. The feminist movement of the 1970s led to renewed interest in her life and work, as Kahlo was viewed by many as an icon of female creativity. In 1983, Hayden Herrera’s book on the artist, A Biography of Frida Kahlo, also helped to stir up interest this great artist. More recently, her life was the subject of a 2002 film entitled Frida, starring Salma Hayek as the artist and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera. Directed by Julie Taymor, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won for Best Makeup and Original Score.
  • 9. TASK: 1. On the second page of your new book write ‘Frida Kahlo’ in the centre of the page and create a mind map of notes as I go through the PowerPoint of information. Write down any important dates, places, names of people and facts about her life. 2. Using the information from your mind map, write at least 3 – 4 paragraphs about Frida Kahlo's life and career in your own words. Remember to use full sentences and correct vocabulary. 3. Stick the 4 images that I have handed out in your book and choose one of them to copy. Fill the whole page and add colour.
  • 10. TASK: 4. Using the computer find 4 objects that you feel represent a part of who you are. 5. Produce a copy of each of these images with a brief explanation as to how they relate to your life. 6. Produce a self portrait from the photograph that was taken in class and add some or all of the objects from the previous task in the background of the image.