Students will demonstrate an understanding of how artists use art for social change while creating their own artwork about a chosen social issue.
What social issues affect you or speak to you.
What social issues affect your community?
What social issues would you want to raise awareness on?
Diego Rivera was the most visible figure in Mexican muralism, a large-scale public-art initiative that emerged in the 1920s in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. During the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910 Diego Rivera used his talents as a painter to fuel the movement with passion. Widely known for his Marxist leanings, Rivera, along with Marxism Revolutionary Che Guevara and a small band of contemporary figures, has become a countercultural symbol of 20th century, and created a legacy in paint that continue to inspire the imagination and mind.
Diego Rivera was born in December of 1886 and first began creating art and murals at the age of three after the death of his twin brother. Young Diego's parents caught him drawing on the walls of their home but rather than punish him for it they instead nurtured his growing creativity. They installed canvas and chalkboard on the walls and let Rivera create as he saw fit.
The world in which Diego grew up in was a hotbed of revolution. Much like his art studies and chronicles the political atmosphere of the world around him, being a witness to Russian Revolution while traveled aboard as well as the Mexican Revolution upon his return home only helped guide Rivera's paintings to include this vital theme of life. Combining this timely influence with storytelling similar to Mayan stele Rivera created murals that told the stories of the people rather than the powers that governed over them.