Learn how to draw Frida Kahlo with a step by step tutorial. Try coloring with oil pastels on black paper for a very rich look.
Now teachers have an option for a fun Frida Kahlo for kids art project. Drawing her portrait is always a fun way to learn more about her, and her life story.
Frida (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country’s popular culture, she used a folk art style to explore questions of identity, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy.
Now students that are learning more about Frida can have some guidance in drawing her likeness. Her self-portraits often shared her love of flowers, bright colors, and of course, trademark eyebrows. To get the deep, rich color shown in this sample, try drawing with a pencil on black paper, tracing with a black pastel, coloring and then tracing again to get some bold, dark lines.
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Frida Kahlo Coloring Page
Materials for a Frida Kahlo for Kids project
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to make a Frida Kahlo Drawing
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Frida Kahlo
- Draw guide lines. Start the face.
- Add a neck.
- Draw a necklace and shoulders.
- Draw ears and start the hair.
- Add flowers on top of the head.
- Add eyes on the center line.
- Add eyebrows and a nose.
- Finish with the mouth.
- Color with oil pastels and trace in black when complete.