Summer Art Series: Frida Kahlo

 Hi friends!

I'm really excited out this art project that I did with the kids.  I think they turned out so cute!  Lu read a book about Frida Kahlo at school and she was really excited to make her own self portrait in the spirit of Frida Kahlo.

My kids have been begging me to let them paint on a canvas, and I thought this would be the perfect project for one.  I also let them pick out some fake creatures at the dollar store to glue on their self portraits once they were all finished.  Lu picked a fake bird, and Ellie picked some pink butterflies.

 We decided that we'd leave the faces white and just outline the facial features with black fabric puff paint because we wanted the hair and flowers in the hair to really stand out. 

 Who's ready to make their own Frida Kahlo art?

Here's what you'll need:
  •  A canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • brushes
  • black fabric paint
  • fake butterflies, birds, etc.
  • hot glue gun to attach the fake butterflies, birds, etc.
Ok, let's get started.

I started by letting the girls sketch out their facial features on the canvas.
 Then we put the canvases aside for a little bit and practiced making flowers on a piece of cardboard.  I talked them a little bit about blending colors, and how they could use light and dark tones of a color in a single flower.
 Then I let them go ahead and start painting!
 They finished up the flowers and hair and then we let everything dry. 
 I used black fabric puff paint to outline the features the girls drew on their faces.
 We used a little bit of pink watercolors to add in cheeks.
 After that I just used a hot glue gun to attach the butterflies and birds...and that was it!
I have two more activities planned to do with the kids this summer, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!  My kids have really enjoyed these projects this year, and I hope yours have too!

Until my next art lesson, feel free to check out my last three projects inspired by Degas, van Gogh, and Picasso!

The Edgard Degas one can be found here:
And the van Gogh one can be found here:
The Picasso project can be found here:

Have a great week everyone!



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  1. What a fun and creative way to bond with the kids. Its nice to see children enjoying it out a gadget in their hands. Everything looks really great. Thanks for sharing this, love it!

  2. Love this! Thank you for the idea!!!

  3. very nice and cute pictures, thanks for sharing


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