Making/History: The Art of Frida Kahlo
With her portrait on everything from refrigerator magnets to knee socks, Frida Kahlo’s iconic image is everywhere these days. Her story, too, has come to symbolize fierce feminism and artistic triumph. A cult figure, yes, but Kahlo is often misunderstood. She was an artist whose life was shaped by physical and emotional pain yet whose genius propelled her into a creativity linked to her sexuality, her political beliefs, her culture, and her skill in crafting and controlling her own public persona.
Come explore the fascinating world of Frida Kahlo in this second workshop in our Making/History series. In the first part of our class we will take an in-depth look at Kahlo’s life and her work. Our new understanding about Kahlo will carry us into the second part of class when we delve into creating self-portraits that express our own symbols and metaphors. Art supplies such as pastels, acrylic paints, pencils, and collage materials will be available so that you can create and take home a self-portrait that is meaningful to you. No art instruction will be provided: this is an art history class with an open studio twist! All participants are welcome.
Please bring 6-8 images that represent events, places, activities, people, or animals that are meaningful to you in your life. You will use this reference material for creative inspiration. In addition, if you prefer to use your own personal art materials for your work, you are welcome to bring them.
We will break for lunch. Please bring a bag lunch and a beverage to class.
Karen Rodis is the Development Manager at Artistree. She holds a Doctorate in Education and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Karen also holds a MA in Anthropology from UMass and a BA from Hartwick College, where she double majored in art history and anthropology. Having taught in New England public schools for nearly two decades, Karen brings her background in visual art, music, movement, and theatre to Artistree’s adult and children’s programs.
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