Frida Frenzy: Art Projects and Kids' Books Inspired by Frida Kahlo
It seems that no matter where you go, you are destined to see something related to the peerless Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—books, movies, ads, stickers, shows, and contemporary art inspired by her self portraits. Not so long ago, The New York Botanical Gardens hosted an exhibition inspired by her Casa Azul (Blue house) in Coyoacán and personal garden, along with some of her paintings.
This summer we went through a mini Frida obsession in Francis Martin Library. Over and over again, we remade some of her galvanized iconic unibrow filled images. After reading some books about her, we created paintings, collages, and small poems inspired by her work in our Art in the Library program.
Every Tuesday afternoon, we learn about a modern or contemporary artist and make something inspired by their work. Children had such a great time finishing their own versions of the Frida Kahlo coloring page that we decided to attach it below in case you'd like to reprint it at home.
NYPL has many books on Frida Kahlo—these are just some of the ones we read:
Counting with Frida = Contando con Frida by Patty Rodríguez & Ariana Stein
Although this is a short board book of numbers, the illustrations are simple and inspirational.