Digital Yayoi Kusama Art Project
Are you teaching remotely and need a fun and engaging art lesson? This digital Yayoi Kusama collage project is 100% digital. That means the entire artwork is created in Google Slides, making it perfect for distance learning or even as a fast finisher activity in the art room. Kids copy and paste shapes to design their own Kusama-inspired collage using organic shapes inspired by the artist’s “My Eternal Soul” paintings. With 162 graphics to choose from, each student’s artwork will be totally unique!
The best part? It requires no prep! Simply download and assign it via your school’s LMS.
Virtual Yayoi Kusama Collage Preview Video
Overview of How to Design a Digital Yayoi Kusama Collage
To begin, students can read the artist’s biography. The text is fully editable so you can customize it however you like. It pinpoints the origins of her use of polka dots to her childhood growing up on a seed farm in Japan. And it illustrates how she uses them to also create paintings, sculptures, live performances and something she calls an “Infinity Room.”
From here, kids will follow the step-by-step directions to design their own digital collage art project. They will copy and paste a border design as well as various organic shapes onto a background where they will compose their artwork.
Once they’ve arranged their piece, they can use the paint bucket tool to re-color any of the organic shapes! Tap to select a shape and click not he paint bucket tool to change the color.
This art lesson includes 162 moveable pieces for your class to design their own Yayoi Kusama collage. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the document to teach students how to copy and paste, flip, and rotate objects as well as how to change the color, size, and order of them in the layout.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images. In addition, I illustrate how to change the colors of the graphics.
- 5th Grade through 8th Grade
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital Yayoi Kusama collage templates located on page 3 of the PDF.
- 12 Student Directions Slides – These explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 10 Student Useable Backgrounds – These include solid colored backgrounds that match the moveable pieces. This is where kids will place their shapes onto. Any background a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 162 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background mentioned above. They will use these items to design their digital collage. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 1 Yayoi Kusama Biography for Kids – This is a one page document about the life and work of the artist. It is fully editable.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show your class a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you assign it to your class. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Yayoi Kusama Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with kids. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do kids need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in this program, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have your class use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital Yayoi Kusama templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own shapes within this document? Yes! Kids can use the shape and line tools to add their own unique touch to their collage. Your class can use the polyline and scribble tools to create more complex shapes. Both tools can be found by tapping on the line tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
- How do I get the digital Yayoi Kusama templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Click the link with the pointing arrow on Page 3.