Science Through Art

Grades: K-8
Tour length: ​3 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday—Friday
Times: ​9am—12pm
Group Size: 60 maximum
Fee: FREE, bus subsidy available for qualified groups
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Tour Description

On this tour, students will discover the many ​connections between science and art. They will observe closely to develop inferences and questions as they explore ideas beyond the expected. Students will follow the creative process to understand artists' decisions, from material selection and development of ideas, to the step-by-step processes used to work in a variety of media. The tour looks at art and science through three topics: evolution and change, the role of color and light for the painter, and a comparison of the scientific process of ceramic and glass production. Throughout the tour, students will engage in hands-on activities and actively apply newly learned ideas ​in solving artistic problems. Following the museum tour, students will meet with art instructors to learn about chromatography. They will experiment with a centrifuge machine to separate pigments and use the colorful product of the experiment in a portrait-making art project.

Artwork on this tour
Robert Delaunay, French (1885-1941), Rainbow, 1913, oil on canvas, 34 9/16 x 39 5/16 in. Purchase, 1966.

Michael Paulik, Untitled, 1982, blown glass vessel from multiple colors.

Borrow Art

Continue your museum experience back in the classroom with artifacts from the Lending Collection! Pre-packaged boxes of objects are available for some tours, or hand-pick objects from the collection for any tour. The Lending Collection is a free resource for Hawaii educators. Contact Dawn Sueoka at to visit the Collection or to reserve a pre-packaged box.

Connecting to Standards

All of our school tours are aligned with Hawaii’s Common Core and State Standards. For your grade level’s specific standards, contact our Teacher Liaison, Justin Davies, at

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