Art Activity: Yayoi Kusama Mini-Pumpkin Gallery
You Will Need:
The book Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything In Dots & Wasn't Sorry (Optional)
Plasticine - 2 colours
Matching coloured paper
This was another activity from our Winter Art & Storytime program. This sculpture can be made in conjunction with the telling of the book, or as a stand alone activity inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama. The children loved this book - its quirky black and white illustrations and humorous retelling of Yayoi's life in the first person, showed how much of an interesting person she is and what an amazing artist. We are going to make a mini-version of her world famous pumpkin sculpture using foil, card and plasticine!
1. Using about a 20 cm width piece of alumnium foil, scrunch and mold into the rough shape of a pumpkin.
2. Choose one colour of plasticine (we chose yellow) and knead it a bit until it is reasonably moldable. Then roll it into a ball. Push your thumb directly into the centre of the ball, and then move your hand around the ball pressing gently until a bowl is formed. This is also called the pinch pot technique.
3. The plastecine bowl should fit around the outside of the foil ball. With the foil inside it, smooth the plasticine around it until the foil is completely covered.
4. Using the other colour of plasticine (black), mold a small piece for the pumpkin stem. And roll small balls, press them flat to make spots. These pieces should easily attach to the sides of the pumpkin. Now you have a mini-Yayoi-pumpkin!
5. Now we want to place our pumpkin in a 'gallery'. Adult help will most likely be needed for this part. Using the foam board, cut 3 squares the same size - approx 15 cm x 15 cm each. Glue the trimmed, black coloured paper on top of each square. Then stick these together using tape on the back side so they become the walls and floor.
6. Use the sticky dots to decorate the walls with more art! Or more of Yayoi's plasticine dots.
Here is one example below - this includes a gallery visitor!!