Design a Mural
In this activity, explore Los Angeles through art and history!
Design a Mural Inspired by Barbara Carrasco!
Barbara Carrasco’s mural tells the history of Los Angeles through a series of images woven through the hair of la Reina de Los Ángeles (the queen of Los Angeles). Students explore what makes Los Angeles special to them by creating their own mural with this activity, designed by Teacher Advisory Council member, Dominic Black.
- Printed worksheet - available as Google Doc or PDF
- Drawing/writing utensils (can include markers, colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, etc.)
Chicana artist Barbara Carrasco’s landmark 1981 mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, portrays the city’s history through a series of vignettes woven into the flowing hair of la Reina de Los Ángeles (the queen of Los Angeles). The mural celebrates her Latina heritage and growing up in Los Angeles.
In 2018, NHM became the first museum to show the full length of the mural in a special exhibition. Carrasco’s mural will soon greet visitors in the Judith Perlstein Welcome Center in the new NHM Commons.
- Introduce students to the mural (virtually or on a Museum visit), and discuss it's controversial history. You may choose to have students read one of the following articles: A Mural Remembers L.A., or UNCENSORED: Barbara Carrasco’s Mural Returns to Union Station
- Students think about their own history and the people and events that have shaped it.
- Students use the blank mural template to create their own personal mural -- some examples created by students from San Dimas High School are included below!
Tag us on Instagram to share your student's work with the School Programs Team! #LearnWithNHMLAC
Courtesy Kimberlie Taylor
Courtesy Katrina Bosler
Courtesy Rahul Mohan
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