Introspective Art Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month at Kennedy

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Franca Fiorentino’s college Spanish class at John F. Kennedy High School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of art appreciation lessons involving Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Kahlo was best known for her self-portraits where she highlighted Mexican national and indigenous culture and traditions. Students learned about the artist, her works and how they relate to the culture. The lesson culminated with a self-portrait project that will express elements of students’ own heritages.

“We discussed how they felt about their identities and how they would show that through their own self-portraits,” Fiorentino said.