Get ready for a treat! This colorful watermelon art project is inspired by Yayoi Kusama! This free printable watermelon art project uses bold, bright colors and many dots inspired by Kusama’s iconic style. Kusama is just one of many featured famous artists for kids.


Watermelon Art Project Inspired by Yayoi Kusama

This art project will spark imagination, foster creativity, and instill a lifelong appreciation for the power of artistic expression. Plus, it is budget-friendly and simple to do with various ages.

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Let’s dive into this bright watermelon art project inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant aesthetic. Grab the watermelon template and instructions here:

Materials Needed:

  • Markers (crayons or colored pencils)
  • Background, Utensils, and Watermelon template (printable)

Watermelon Art Instructions:

STEP 1: Print out the templates.

STEP 2: Color the background and the other designs. Make sure to add dots!

💡Yayoi Kusama uses dots, which she calls “infinity nets.” These dots are a recurring motif in her work and hold deep symbolic significance for the artist. For Kusama, dots represent the infinite cosmos, endless repetition, and the interconnectedness of all things.


STEP 3: Cut out the design shapes.

STEP 4: Use a glue stick to attach the shapes to the background!


Who is Yayoi Kusama?

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is talented in SO many areas of art! She works in sculpture, painting, performance, video, fashion, poetry, and writing!

Kusama is known in the art world as the “Princess of Polka Dots.” Her polka dot-themed art began when she was young when Kusama would see dots in her dreams.

Kusama lived in New York City in the late 1950s and 1960s, during the Pop Art movement. But she became increasingly frustrated with male artists receiving fame for her ideas. In the 1970s, she moved back to Japan.

It is only recently that her work has received recognition through the rise of social media. Later in life, Kusama is now one of the best selling female artists of all time.

Her work often features bold colors, intricate patterns, and repetitive motifs, reflecting her fascination with themes of infinity, obsession, and the cosmos.

More Kusama Art Projects to Try

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Why Should Kids Study Famous Artists?

Studying the works of famous artists like Yayoi Kusama can offer kids a multitude of benefits:

  • Inspiration and Creativity: Exposure to diverse artistic styles and techniques can spark kid’s imagination and inspire them to explore new forms of expression.
  • Cultural Awareness: Learning about artists from different backgrounds and periods fosters cultural appreciation and understanding, broadening children’s perspectives on the world.
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis: Studying art encourages kids to analyze and interpret visual imagery, honing their critical thinking skills and fostering a deeper understanding of symbolism and metaphor.
  • Self-Expression: Engaging with art allows kids to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences creatively, promoting self-discovery and confidence.
  • Historical Context: Studying famous artists provides kids insight into historical and societal contexts, connecting art to broader narratives and events.

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Helpful Art Resources

Here are a few resources that will help you introduce art more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident yourself when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

Printable Famous Artist Bundle

You’ll find each of our famous artists featured in our Famous Artists Project Pack 👇  including tons of fantastic resources!

This bundle includes a variety of art packs to cover different areas of the art experience! Perfect for ages 5-12, with various activities to suit all age levels. Easy to use in the home or classroom.


  • Famous Artists Project Pack with 25+ artists to explore past and present, including women, people of color, and indigenous peoples.
  • Artists Challenge Pack: Various extra art projects, including a museum scavenger hunt and extras.
  • 7 Elements of Art Pack: Learn about and explore the 7 elements of art with handy information, tips, and fun projects to try.
  • Art and Playdough Pack: Make homemade playdough and use these art mats with kids of all ages. They feature famous artists and simple information.
  • Art Techniques Pack: Learn watercolor, collage, and printmaking techniques for your art projects. This pack is complete with information, tips, and activities to try!

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