Yayoi Kusama's Organic World
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    Yayoi Kusama's

    Giant Universe of

    Amoebas in Motion

    Begoña De Ubieta

    Art Teacher

    Somerset High School

    October 27, 2020

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    An art lesson that engages imagination... connecting science and creativity!

    Fine Arts & Science

    Grades 9 - 12

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    Video: A Vivid Message of Peace from Yayoi Kusama

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    Content Objective:

    Students will make the connection between creativity and science, as they design one exciting abstract artwork inspired by Amoebas in the style of avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s "My Eternal Soul" Series.

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    Language Objective:

    Students will identify biomorphic shapes of Amoebas in motion, comparing and contrasting them with the shapes found in Yayoi Kusama's "My Eternal Soul" paintings.

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    National Core Art Standards--Visual

    • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas

    • Refine and complete artistic work

    • Develop and refine artistic techniques and presenting visual work

    • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work

    • Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art

    • Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art

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    Avant-garde, abstract, irregular, color, organic, shape, line, figurative, imaginative, eternal, biomorphism, Amoeba, microorganism, artistic licence

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    1. Avant-garde 2.Abstract 3. figurative 4. Imaginative 5. Biomorphic

    A) New and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them
    B) Art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
    C) Art that describes any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure.
    D) The ability that humans have to form pictures or ideas on their mind of things that are new and exciting, or things that one has not experienced yet.
    E)Forms or images are ones that while abstract nevertheless refer to, or evoke, living forms such as plants and the human body.
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    6. Proportion 7. Shape 8. Amoeba 9. Microorganism 10. Organic

    A)Is the relationship between the dimensions of different elements and an overall composition; known as the Scale, the size of an artwork. 
    B)Is a flat area surrounded by edges or an outline. Some are Geometric and regular, they are often found in human-made things, like building and machines while Organic or Biomorphic ones  are found in nature.
    C) A single-celled animal that catches food and moves about by extending finger like projections of protoplasm. They are either free-living in damp environments or parasitic.
    D) An organism that can be seen only through a microscope. Includes bacteria, protozoa, algae, and fungi.
    E)Something related to or derived from living matter.
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    "All the Eternal Love" Acrylic on Canvas, 2014-Yayoi Kusama

    In 2009, Kusama began My Eternal Soul, a new series of acrylic-on-canvas paintings that builds upon her signature style of nets and dots. ... The paintings are surreal, semi-figurative, folksy explosions of colour and line that pulsate with complementary hues and biomorphic shapes, just like Amoebas.

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    "The Daybreak: The Arrival of Morning

    2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 1.62 x 1.62cm

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    Answer on a Google Doc, upload it on your assignment.

    • Where does the name Amoeba comes from?

    • Is an Amoeba a cell?

    • How do Amoebas move and why?

    • Are Amoebas organic or geometric shapes?

    • Do Amoebas change color and why?

    • If you were an Amoeba what shape and color would you be?

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    Where do Amoebas live?

    People usually become infected with Amoebas from warm freshwater lakes and rivers.
    Amoebas like to live in warm water, including warm lakes and rivers, as well as hot springs or pools not properly chlorinated
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    Video: Amoeba in Motion

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