Throughout history, women have played a vital role in the art world and have contributed to various art movements, styles, and genres. Many of these women have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations of female artists!
Introduce your preschooler to notable women artists including Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who explored themes of identity, gender, and political activism; Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist who painted nature in a way that showed how it made her feel and was best known for her desert landscapes and flowers; and Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist who is known for her immersive, avant-garde installations.
Then use their stories and art as a springboard to foster children’s creativity and imagination. Learn more about their life and artwork through books, videos, and online resources like Museo Frida Kahlo, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and Yayoi Kusama Museum. Explore the different styles of art they created and the medium/techniques they used, and then engage in art activities inspired by these pioneering women.
To get you started on your journey, we are sharing one of our favorite projects inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s magical and mysterious Infinity Rooms.
For this project, you will need the following:
- Black Canvas or Black Paper
- Full Body Portrait
- Glitter Glue Pens
- Glass Mosaic Tiles (1×1 cm) and/or Glass Mosaic Tiles (2×2 cm)
- Small Dot Stickers and/or Large Dot Stickers
- Aluminum Foil
- Circle Punches
- Glue or Mod Podge
First, look at a few of Kusama’s Infinity Rooms. Ask children open-ended questions like, “What do you think Kusama was trying to express in her infinity rooms?” or “How does her work make you feel?”
We suggest reading a book about Kusama – our favorite is Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity because it includes wonderful photographs of her pieces and is perfectly suited for young readers and artists.
Then create your own Infinity Room using black paper and an assortment of reflective material. Don’t forget to have your child place a photograph of themselves inside their room!
Then let children create. It’s that simple!
What other female artists inspire you?
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