Finding Frida Kahlo Online Art Class
Mixed Media Painting & Collage with Kristena West M.A.
"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing." – Frida Kahlo
Finding Frida: Let's celebrate Frida Kahlo a woman of courage, creativity and color!
We all love Frida Kahlo! Why is Frida, loved internationally as one of The Women's Icon?
This question is well worth some consideration. Frida rocks on so many levels. She was politically active, she spoke up, she loved without apology, she used her creativity to cope with and overcome her pain, suffering and body limitations.
We'll take a look at Frida's biography, paintings and peek into her personal diary too.
Everyone is Welcome, you do not have to be an artist to take this class!
CLASSROOM IS OPEN EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $57
Artists at some point or other, will probably devote some time to Frida Kahlo. I think most of the world loves Frida, like I love Lucy and Marilyn Monroe-Frida is an icon of a strong, sexy, brave lover and painter! She overcame great physical odds to continue painting and loving Diego.
I have been studying Frida painting, drawing and collage since February so bring months of work to this marvelous class.
KRISTENA'S FRIDA KAHLO
COLORED PENCIL AND COLLAGE OF ROSES CHARCOAL PAPER 18" X 24" 2005
“Can verbs be made up? I’ll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly. I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”
~ Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo & Jesus Sticky Pix collage painting
Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.
Here's a description of our expressive art lessons
PROJECT 1: FRIDA PORTRAIT
WARM-UP PENCIL & CHARCOAL SKETCH
Let's Start with a warm-up drawing exercise, a simple sketch, not to be finished, just a thumb-nail. Taking a photo of Frida we free-hand a sketch, really taking the time to look at her features.
This is not a "finished" drawing, just a thumbnail to drop into Frida's face and get to know her.
This gets us over the hump of the "fear of starting" and we can gently begin our study of Finding Frida.
PROJECT 2: PASTEL ON BLACK
Oh How I love Frida- here is another warm-up geared to allow us to have some fun with color on a black ground. Staying loose and free we continue to build our Finding Frida energy.
Using pastels on black charcoal paper allows a bright bold Color Pop! And every time you do this exercise it will be different.
Frida moves in to realm of the Black or Dark Goddess, a Demeter that descends to the underworld to find Diego!
PROJECT 3: OIL PASTELS
FINDING FRIDA PHOTO
Now we have a beautiful image a full frontal portrait of Frida I have taken into Photoshop and brightened and sharpened the contrast to get an almost Posterized Frida.
Now we take that and print and have some fun moving into oil pastels.
Now we are feeling the Fire of Frida relaxing and moving deeper into her story and iconic image.
PROJECT 4: OIL PASTELS BOLD!
Now that we are warmed up an loose we are going to do another Frida using more colors to really PoP the image.
This lesson gives us an added dose of feeling good about our oil pastels skills. But wait there's more to come!
One of these oil pastels will become the face that we collage and paint on an 18"x24" canvas - see below!