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Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín (Ecuador)

A set of three lesson plans on various aspects of the art of renowned Ecuadoran artist Oswaldo Guayasamín.

Rigoberta Menchu - A Voice for the Voiceless

Grades: Middle and High School Subject: Social Studies

Objectives: Students will understand the ramifications of the civil wars in Guatemala through learning about Rigoberta Menchú’s work for social justice and human rights.  Students will identify connections between social issues encountered by Rigoberta Menchú in Guatemala and social issues in Ecuador depicted in Oswaldo Guayasamín’s art.

The Mexican Roots of Oswaldo Guayasamin - Pan-American Political Art

Grades: Middle and High School    Subject: Social Studies

Objectives: Students will understand the role of political art in Latin America through learning about the art of the Mexican muralists and Oswaldo Guayasamín. Students will identify themes in Latin American art and politics and in events in the life of Oswaldo Guayasamín that influenced his art.

An Artful Protest

Grades: Middle and High School

Objectives: Students will learn how art can be used as a means of protest; Students will learn how to critically examine works of art and find themes throughout the paintings based on historical data.


Sarah Birdwell, Charlton Yingling, Eddie Fernandez-Calienes, James Matthew Lesley


Lesson Plans

Grade Levels

5–8, 9–12