Frida Kahlo Identity unit

L. Santos - FRIDA Kahlo paper.pdf
Frida Kahlo, “Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States,” 1932, oil on metal, collection Maria Rodriguez de Reyero


Dr. Lori Santos

Grade Level:

Post Secondary

Big Ideas:

Art can reflect multi dimensions of our identity.

Our Identity reflects self-awareness and our connections to others.

Identity is influenced by others.

One’s identity can be misread.

Essential Questions:

How is my identity formed?

Essential Questions

What are the various dimensions of my identity?

How are these dimensions significant to me?

How does identity influence the way we see ourselves in relationship to others?

What motivates image making of self?

How is the personal or social self, represented in art?

How does style and media choice reflect my identity?

Whose voice is present in the creation of identity influenced art?

How do I include or exclude others in my identity?

How do others see me, is it truth or not?

Art Explorations in A Six-Week Unit Plan

WEEK 1 and WEEK 2:

Identity Mapping: THE DOUBLE SELF

Draw a personal identity map using Jones and McEwen’s model as a base


a. Expand your map to include visual symbols to reflect various


b. Create a drawing or painting that reflects a challenging

childhood experience that is paramount to one dimension of

your identity map, include images of how you might transform

that memory.

WEEK 1 through WEEK 6:

Identity Journaling: THE MERGED SELF

c. Over the course of the first four weeks document in your

journal reflections (text and image) of yourself and reflections

of you by others using guided questions or prompts provided

by the instructor (THESE ARE HOMEWORK


d. Create a 2-D or 3 -D mixed-media artwork of your choice that

uses these images and text to create a narrative that merges

elements of the self and the other.

WEEK 5 and WEEK 6:

Identity Masks: THE MASKED SELF

e. Create a mask that depicts your social and your personal self.

Depict two dimensions that are seemly in conflict with each

other providing a discourse for your undisclosed self. Mask can

be made from clay or paper. The inside and the outside of the

mask will be used. Students may change and mold the mask to

any shape or shapes as needed to express themselves.

f. Ask someone else to create a mask that depicts you. What do

you need to change or correct or add to the mask.

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