Yayoi Kusama – Artist Study

We took a break from seasonal projects to read these two picture book biographies of Yayoi Kusama and afterwards we created some artwork inspired by her. I used Mini Masterpieces: Exploring Art History With Hands-On Projects for Kids and an artist study by Wildflowers By Sarah for inspiration.

My two little ones love doing projects of any kind. This project was so simple, had almost no set up, and Kusama’s style is so easy to recognize so they felt successful right off the bat. We did it after school one day, and my little ones have repeated it a few times with the materials I left out. The mushroom outline is from the Wildflowers By Sarah artist study, and I had the dot stickers on hand.

We were so excited to see a float designed by her in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this week! Big Kid recognized it right away.

The two biographies we read were: Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry, by Fausto Gilberti and Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. These books have two very different styles, one done using three colors with bold lines and plenty of blank white space. The other is vibrant and imitates Kusama’s style on many of the pages. The writing in both is strong, handles some tricky parts in her life with respect, and gives the reader a good overview of this strong female artist’s life. Back matter is included in both, so these could easily be used to start a more in depth artist study.

Kusama was a fun artist to learn about! I am adding these books to the “Fearless Female” book list on the “Topical Book List” page. You’re going to have to grab one of these picture book biographies to find out just why she is a fearless female.

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