welcome to Japan!

Kon’nichiwa and thank you for joining us in Japan today! We’ve been having so much fun these last couple of days. Today we’ll continue the fun by meeting the amazing Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama and Hayao Miyazaki.

Yayoi Inspired Pumpkin (K-1)

  • Crayon

Ponyo (1-3)

  • Watercolor

Totoro Landscape (2-4)

  • Watercolor


Yayoi Inspired Pumpkin


Grades: K – 1

Medium: Cake Watercolor, Chalk Pastel, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor Pencil

Art Techniques: shapes, patterns, art installations Art Standards: Kindergarten: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 4.1, 5.11st Grade: 1.3, 2.1, 2.4, 2.6 Other Recommended Videos: pokeball paintingcityscape with reflection"Ponyo" inspired by...



Grades: 1 – 3

Medium: Chalk Pastel, Colored Pencil, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor Pencil

Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid", Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki created the lovely Ponyo! Ponyo, the main character of the 2008 film,...

Totoro Landscape


Grades: 4 – 6+

Medium: Cake Watercolor, Chalk Pastel, Colored Pencil, Watercolor Pencil

Step into the shoes of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki with this lesson! Miyazaki often starts an idea of a film with loose watercolor landscapes....