Artist: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who uses dots in her paintings, sculptures, clothing, drawings, and installation artworks. An installation is a 3-D artwork so big that you can walk around or inside it.

How would you feel if other people changed your artwork? What would you include in your installation room?

One way to make a room:

How will your art installation look?

5) Trade your paper. Someone else with add dots to your artwork, just like Yayoi Kusama.
You can trade your paper with someone else. S/he can add to your artwork, just like visitors did to Yayoi Kusama’s artwork.

Artist: Jim Bachor

Have you ever seen a pothole? They’re usually bumpy to drive over on the road. A Chicago artist, Jim Bachor, turns potholes into mosaic works of art. He calls his artworks “unexpected joy.” What would you think if you saw an artwork in a pothole? What design would you put in a pothole?



Artist: Nathan Sawaya & Lego Gummies

I love Lego.  I love playing, building, and creating with Lego.  I’ve never considered eating them, though…until now!  This is an awesome how-to video showing how you can create your own gummy Lego candies.  They are stackable, too, so you can actually build with them.  What a fun summer project!

If you wonder if Lego = Art, take a look at some of these Lego sculptures by artist, Nathan Sawaya.  I would definitely say this is art!  Check out that T-Rex! via google images via google images via google images via google images via google images via google images


Artists: Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen, pop artists

Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje Van Bruggen, are known for their large-scale sculptures.  Often these sculptures show food and everyday objects, such as thumbtacks. He creates two types of sculptures: large-scale projects and soft sculptures.

Soft Sculptures

Large Scale Projects: Think about each sculpture’s texture, details, and environment.

Student examples:








Artist: Jim Dine

Jim Dine is a contemporary pop artist, which means he’s alive and creating art.  His artworks have a theme, they usually include hearts.  Jim Dine explores hearts by using many kinds of media (materials) and trying new ideas. He’s used media like paint, paper, ink, straw, and ladders.



Artist- Kyle Lambert, iPad Portraits

Kyle Lambert is an artist in the UK who uses an iPad to create amazingly realistic pieces of art.  Lambert has several time-lapsed videos showing how his artwork develops.  It is a great way for students to see the process of portraiture and see how great artists adjust their artworks.  It truly is amazing!