Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kusama Collages

While Kusama is known for her installations, she also creates amazing paintings using organic shapes and intricate designs. 5th grade viewed many of these as the inspiration for these collages.

Original paintings by Kusama
We used this as a chance to review complementary colors. Students chose 2 papers and cut organic shapes from one to collage onto the other.

Then we used Sharpie markers to add designs like we found in Kusama's paintings. Gorgeous results!

Check out these awesome artworks!

3D Kusama Rooms

4th grade did an amazing job with these rooms! Im often worried about open-ended projects like this, but they nailed it! We started by looking at images and videos of Kusama's Infinity Rooms and Obliteration Room. We sketched our ideas first, then constructed a room.

Students were given colored dot stickers, mirror boards, and Crayola Model Magic clay for their 3D items such as pumpkins and tentacles. 

Starry Night meets Kusama!

Love how original each room is, while staying true to Kusama's style!

Yayoi Kusama Classroom Decorations!

In October, we studied modern Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (or Kusama Yayoi, if you're following Japanese grammar). This was my favorite artist to decorate for so far, so check it out!

I got a Star Shower projector from WalMart for about $15. Huge impact and gives us the sense of being in one of Kusama's Infinity rooms!

Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama

To make sure we could see the lights, I covered the windows with dotted black paper.

A few examples of the pumpkins 3rd grade made, and some spotted pumpkins from Target helped complete the effect. And some Obliteration Room dots on the mannequins. ^_^