- Clay (both a white color and at least one other color)
- The Museum uses Model Magic, but you can also make your own clay
- To make homemade clay mix a 2:1 ratio of corn starch & hair conditioner
- In a bowl, mix the corn starch and conditioner until it forms a ball. Make a smaller batch, or divide the first batch, and add food coloring. Store each ball of clay in a plastic bag or air tight container until you are ready to use.
- Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who is sometimes referred to as the ‘princess of polka dots.’ Set aside some time to research a little bit about her and her artwork.
- Collect your clay or make your own using the recipe above.
- Using the white colored clay, sculpt your base shape. We made pumpkins inspired by Kusama’s work but you can create any shape you want.
- Time for polka dots! Using the clay you added food coloring to, pinch off small pieces to roll and squish into round dots. Place the dots all over your sculpture to create the polka-dot effect Kusama is famous for.
- Let dry and repeat! Make as many of these sculptures as you want.