Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
For many K-12 educators, the typical view of Frida Kahlo is the commercialized stencil of Frida on a handbag or an image dangling from an earring or an image in a childlike coloring book. This erases the depth of Frida Kahlo as an artista (artist), feminista (feminist), and revolucionaria (revolutionary). This project reflects the wisdom of a cohort of future Latina educators who shared through a survey their need for a thoughtful curriculum on Frida Kahlo. Accordingly, this action project is the start of a sixth-grade curriculum that brings together the art and life of Frida Kahlo. As an artista, Kahlo is an important model for youth to learn about the power of personal reflection and expression through portraiture. As a feminista, Kahlo is a role model for Latinas of how to seguir adelante (advance forward). And finally as a revolucionaria, Kahlo is a model of how social change.
Aguirre, Sulema, "Learning from Frida Kahlo—Artista, Feminista, Latina: Examining the Self through a Culturally Relevant Art Curriculum" (2016). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 640.