Meet the Master Artist: Yayoi Kusama | Unique Women's History Month Activity

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1st - 6th, Homeschool
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23 + Biography Video
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I love the artists you have decided to investigate. The students are always taken back by the art they see. Many have not heard of so many of them. A great art resource.


Meet the Master Artist Yayoi Kusama. Teaching art history will be easy in your classroom with this time-saving resource. I designed this lesson to make art integration easy for classroom teachers and fun for kids! Children love making art. They also love to learn art history, especially when presented in a fun, new, and exciting activity like this. 

You may also like my Yayoi Kusama collaboration poster and my Yayoi Kusama Inspired Infinity Pumpkin Activity.

Teach art history with this time-saving resource!

Children are often fascinated to learn about the master artists who have created many famous artworks they love and recognize. Usually, it can be overwhelming for a teacher who has so many things on their plate to figure out fun and engaging art history lessons. That's where I (Jenny K.) come in. I specialize in helping classroom teachers, parents, and art teachers bring as much creativity to their teaching as possible. 

Tested and Approved! 

Having taught this lesson myself, I can tell you this lesson is tested and approved by my students and me! I hope you and your class have a great time with it. This resource is but one master in my set; see them all HERE


  • Biography Video: I like to do as much as I can to save teachers time. That is why I have included a short biography video about Yayoi Kusama. Once you purchase this resource, you will have access to two formats: streaming from YouTube and downloadable from Dropbox (if your school blocks YouTube). This video presents the information that is on the biography page. You can show this to your students and have them follow along and read the biography sheet. Or they can sit and listen to the material presented in this video.
  • Art Example: Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin
  • Yayoi Kusama Biography 1-page mini-poster (8.5" x 11") 
  • Written Instructions for the students
  • Written Instructions for the teacher 

Meet the Master Artist Yayoi Kusama 2-page Activity 3 Levels.

Rarely as educators, do we have only one type of learner. Therefore, I have included 3 levels with various options. This lesson can be easily differentiated among your students and used with many grade levels. You will find that I have provided three levels for this project; a beginner, intermediate, and advanced set of project pages.

recommend that you use the intermediate set as the base of this lesson, fill in with the beginner pages for children who need more support, and use advanced pages for students who need more challenge. However, if you use this with very young children, you might want to use only the beginner pages, while older students could easily do the advanced pages. You know your students best, so please use the level that fits your students' needs. I have provided many options so you can easily customize this lesson. 


This beginner set is perfect for young students as an introduction to the artist. I provide a complete biography and coloring page of the artwork. Provide the beginner pages to any student who needs a little extra support on this project or as a complete lesson with early grades!

Options Included for Beginner Level

  • Page 1: Yayoi Kusama portrait bust and complete biography.
  • Page 2: Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin coloring page.


The intermediate set is the option I most highly recommend. Use this as your basic project and then fill in with the beginner and advanced sets to easily differentiate among your students. You can provide extra support for those who need it with the beginner pages and more of a challenge with the advanced pages for students who need that extra push!

Options Included for Intermediate Level

  • Page 1: (Option #1) Yayoi Kusama portrait bust and complete biography.
  • Page 1: (Option #2) Yayoi Kusama portrait bust and biography with fill-in-the-blank spaces. 
  • Page 2: Space for students to draw and color a pumpkin covered in polka dots.


This advanced set will allow you to differentiate among your students easily. This set is perfect if you have tasked your students with researching Yayoi Kusama and writing a short biography about her.

Options Included for Advanced Level

  • Page 1: Yayoi Kusama portrait bust and blank biography section (let students research and write their biography).
  • Page 2: (option #1) Space for students to draw and color a pumpkin covered in polka dots.
  • Page 2: (option #2) Space for students to re-create one of their favorite works by Yayoi Kusama.

You will need to provide the following:

  • Paper: You can use standard copy paper for this project. If you have access to thicker copy paper, such as 32lb or card stock, you can also use that. Be sure that the paper you use supports the medium of your choice. For example, if you use markers, you want thicker paper that won't curl up when it gets damp. Also, keep in mind that it might be more challenging for younger children to cut around the outline of the artist's portrait if you use thick card stock.
  • Scissors: Your students will need to cut out pages 1 and 2, so please be sure they have scissors to do so. 
  • Medium: You can use a variety of mediums for this project. The important part is that your students know how to use the materials and that the paper thickness matches what you are using. You can use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or a variety of paints. Your students will need a basic pencil to sketch their artwork, and I like to give students a black marker to outline (but this isn't necessary). You can use crayons and colored pencils on thinner copy paper. Markers and paint will work better on thick copy paper (I like to use 32lb laser printer paper) or white card stock if you can run this through your copy machine. If you are going to be using paint (watercolor, acrylic, or tempera), you will want a thicker paper that won't tear when it gets wet from the liquid of the paint.


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Remember! You don't have to be an art teacher to infuse art into your classroom—you need to know one. That someone is me! Thank you for trusting me with your art infusion activities. 

Jenny K. 


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Total Pages
23 + Biography Video
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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