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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, often called the "princess of polka dots" is renowned for her paintings, sculptures and installations featuring dots. As featured in our August Activity Calendar, in this activity, kids take inspiration from Kusama's work as they create dot art using objects from nature.
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Look for dots in nature: Wonder, "Do you think we could find dots outside?" Head outside together and look for dots and circles in nature. Look up and down. Flip over leaves. Look closely at flowers. Search around in the dirt. What shapes and patterns do you see?
- Kitchen ingredients: sliced rounds of cucumber, carrot, onion, potato, orange, lemon, grape, corn kernel, or end of a stalk of kale or other leafy green.
- Round rocks or pebbles
- Center of a flower
- Round leaves
- Acorn cup
- Round seashells
- End of a stalk from a plant
Choose your “paint”: Dots can be made with water, mud, store-bought paint, or you can make your own pigment from spices and berries.
Choose your “canvas”: If using water, you can make marks on a dark colored surface, like stone or pavement. If using mud, paint or pigment made from natural objects, make your dots on paper or a piece of fabric.
Make dot art: Invite your child to test out each of the objects they collected to see what kind of dots they make. Which ones make big dots? Small dots? Which ones leave an outline of a circle vs. a solid dot? Can your child fill up their canvas with dots? Make a pattern of shapes, sizes or colors with dots? Create a different shape, design or picture made of dots?