PRESCHOOL ART: Polka Dots Self Portraits


I don’t know about you, but my preschooler loves polka dots.  So how fitting for ArtyPants to celebrate the world’s most popular artist, Yayoi Kusama, who is turning 88 this year and is still painting!

She began making art at the age of 10, this was also when her vivid hallucinations started, more specifically of polka dots. To Yayoi Kusama, polka dots are symbols of the moon, sun, earth and human beings. Saying that she is known for her polka dots, is an understatement!

Keeping with Yayoi Kusama work, let’s make polka dot self portraits.


  • paper
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • paint brush or glue spreader
  • camera – used my phone
  • printer
  • old paintings
  • hole/circle puncher
  • dot stamp marker


I took a photo and printed in black and white then cut it out.  We love to reuse old paintings, so we glued the print and then got to work.


Then brought out the dot stamp markers to dob all over the piece.  It seems simple, but it is great for hand eye coordination and helps improves hand dexterity. Also, it’s another way to help experiment with mark making and less clean up, which is a win-win in my books!

We brought out the circle puncher got punching, punching holes that is.  This is a great way to use up some older art pieces and again help create polka dots.  We used white glue to glue these down and continued with the stamp marker.  Yayoi Kusama’s work is a lot about repetition and to lose oneself.

This could be a fun ArtyPants birthday party, with the use of different coloured paper, wrapping paper or even magazines.

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