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Diego Rivera

Open this art box and jump into the life of 20th-century Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Using multiple styles throughout his career, Rivera is famous for the paintings he completed all over the world. He often incorporated the political and social struggles of his day into his paintings.

The box begins with descriptions of some of Rivera’s most famous works. Then, dive in and create 4 Diego Rivera inspired art pieces! In the first project, kids will create their own version of The Flower Carrier using oil pastels and decorations that add depth to the piece. Then, use a similar oil pastel technique and some tissue paper to recreate one of Rivera’s sunset paintings. Finally, dive into Rivera’s cubism phase with two self-portraits and learn about the Day of the Dead with a painted mask.

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Activities in the Diego Rivera Box:
The Flower Carrier Mixed-Media Reproduction
The weight of the world is on one man’s back in The Flower Carrier. Children will recreate this bold and meaningful painting with a variety of materials like burlap, vines, ribbon, oil pastels, and tissue paper.

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The Flower Carrier Mixed-Media Reproduction
Evening Twilight at Acapulco Oil Pastels and Tissue Paper Reproductions
This project gives kids the chance to recreate a beautiful painting in two very different ways. First, use an interesting technique to turn oil pastels into oil paint. Then, tackle the second reproduction with a colorful tissue paper collage!

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Evening Twilight at Acapulco Oil Pastels and Tissue Paper Reproductions
Cubism Self-Portrait Technique
Cubism was an incredibly interesting style for Diego Rivera. In this project, children will use washi tape to create their own geometric background and design abstract facial features to depict themselves.

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Cubism Self-Portrait Technique
The Day of the Dead Mask Diorama
Get a taste of the colorful celebrations of Mexico’s Day of the Dead in this project! Children will start with a plain plastic mask and they will finish with a unique piece of wearable art.

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The Day of the Dead Mask Diorama
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