Students will research the life of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera through literature.
Students will become familiar with the concept of the “mural” as seen through the eyes of Diego Rivera.
Students will create a class mural of a predetermined subject matter chosen by them.
from the series Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia, paints, brushes, crayons, markers, construction paper, bulletin board.
Discuss what he liked to create in his murals and who he created them for.
Ask students what they feel would be an important subject to portray in a class mural that they would create for the school.
Have students draw individual drafts of their mural idea.
Share with the class all of the positive attributes of the individual drafts.
Narrow down the subject matter of the mural and prepare the bulletin board by covering it with white construction paper.
Let students work in small groups on the mural. Assign each group a small task such as coloring the sky or outlining figures.
Closure and Follow-Up:
Ask students why they feel the subject matter that they chose for the mural is important. Have them give the mural a name and label it. Invite parents and other classes to see it and encourage them to ask questions.