Your private online painting experience will begin with a welcome from your host, Diego, who is a local Mexican artist. Diego studied Fine Arts in the city of Puebla, at the Universidad de las Americas, and now runs his studio in Mexico City. His work has been exhibited in different cities and he specializes in sculpture and painting. In this paint-along experience, he’ll teach you some of his watercolour techniques as you re-create Frida Kahlo’s most famous painting, “The Frame.”
“The Frame” is a 1938 self-portrait by Kahlo, notable as the first work by a 20th-century Mexican artist to be purchased by a major international museum, when it was acquired by The Louvre in 1939. Today the painting hangs in the Musée National d'Art Moderne in the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Kahlo was known for her self-portraits, which she began to paint after she was injured in a bus accident that left her with a broken spine, hips, legs and ribs, and painful, lifelong medical problems. She was also known for her social activism, supporting workers’ rights, indigenous rights, feminism and the LGBTQ+ movement. Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience.
Before we begin our painting class, we’ll make sure all of our supplies are ready. If there is something you couldn’t find or something you don’t have, let Diego know and he’ll help you with any substitutions. This is a multi-level class so don’t worry if it’s your first time. You can learn the basics or we can work on more advanced techniques, based on your needs.
- Watercolour kit (any sort)
- Watercolour paper +20 x 30 cm (best cotton paper)
- Blue tape or masking tape
- Wooden board slightly bigger than the paper
- Pencil and eraser
- Watercolour brushes and palette or disposable white plate
- 3 jars or pots +100ml
- Syringe or dropper (optional)
- Tissue paper
Inclusions: Local, English and Spanish-speaking guide
Exclusions: Materials for your paint-along experience
Confirmation of booking: At the time of booking, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting. Multiple guests can participate from one device.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour, however, please note this experience requires the use of basic painting materials. Children under the age of 18 can participate with the supervision of a parent or guardian only.