Lesson Plan

Diego Rivera: Murals

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After a brief history instructional activity about the artist Diego Rivera and his art style, the class discusses how murals are different from paintings. They examine images and point out symbolic features. Young artists try their hand at mural painting on paper, then create a final product using oil pastels.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a Diego Rivera focus wall to display copies of his work as well as participants' finished products
  • For the extension activity—display murals local to your school
  • Invite early finishers to write a story to go along with their mural, the same story they represented through art
Classroom Considerations
  • You'll need projection equipment to view images
  • Gather art supplies before the lesson
  • Consider conducting the lesson during Hispanic Heritage Month—September 15-October 15
  • Relates murals to storytelling
  • Includes an extension opportunity
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