Try a colorful tulip art project inspired by famous artist, Yayoi Kusama that is perfect for many ages! This totally do-able flower art activity is a simple way to dive into modern art. All you need is our printable tulip template below, and some paint and a canvas to create your own Kusama masterpiece!
FAMOUS JAPANESE POLKA DOT ARTIST
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!
Born in 1929 in rural Japan, Kusama had a difficult childhood and says that making art has saved her life. Learn from Kusama how art can help people overcome adversity.
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 50’s and 60’s, during the Pop Art movement. But she became increasingly frustrated with male artists receiving fame for her ideas. In the 1970’s 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.
This fun art activity below is inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s 1986 Tulip painting that uses patterns of polka dots and nets.
Also check out this polka dot butterfly painting inspired by Kusama!
WHY STUDY FAMOUS ARTISTS?
Studying the artwork of the masters not only influences your artistic style but even improves your skills and decisions when creating your own original work.
It is great for kids to be exposed to different styles of art, experiment with different mediums, and techniques through our famous artist art projects.
Kids may even find an artist or artists whose work they really like and will inspire them to do more of their own art work.
Why is learning about art from the past important?
- Kids who are exposed to art have an appreciation for beauty!
- Kids who study art history feel a connection to the past!
- Art discussions develop critical thinking skills!
- Kids who study art learn about diversity at a young age!
- Art history can inspire curiosity!
KUSAMA TULIPS ART ACTIVITY
- Tulips template
- Black and pink paint
- Glue stick
STEP 1: Print the tulip template.
STEP 2: Paint the tulips using your own colors and design or copy the look of Kusama’s Tulip painting. Use toothpicks to create dots, lines or patterns with your paint.
STEP 3: Leave to dry and then cut out the tulips.
STEP 4: Meanwhile, paint your canvas with pink or red paint.
STEP 5: Once dry, paint over it with black paint. While the paint is still wet, use your toothpicks to create a pattern on the canvas.
STEP 6: Glue your tulips to your canvas when all the paint is dry.
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YAYOI KASAMA ART FOR KIDS
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