Science Through Art

Grades: 3-8
Tour length: ​1.5hours
Location: 900 S Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Times: ​9 + 10:30 am
Group Size: 60 maximum
Request this FREE tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


Add some STEAM to your STEM classroom programs on this field trip! Our Science through Art tour allows your students to learn more about science through art. ​Through an inquisitive exploration of the museum's main collection,​ students will discover the ​connections between science and art. It is a perfect match, since both subjects​ are based on the inquiry method—the creative thinker excels in​ both ​science and art​.

Students' close observations will provide opportunities to think about and question, individually and with the group, as they explore ideas beyond the expected. On the tour, students follow the creative process to understand the artists' decisions, from the 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 in three ways: evolution and change, the role of color and light for the painter, and a comparison of the scientific process of ceramic and glass production. Students will engage in hands-on activities and actively apply newly learned ideas ​in solving new artistic problems.

Students will receive ​this activity booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom. 

Pictured above:

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.

State of Hawaii Department of Education

K-12.R.R.1  Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. 

K-12.R.R.7  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

K-12.R.R.9  Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

K-12.SL.1  Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

K-12.SL.2  Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 

K-12.SL.4   Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Language Arts
LA.6.2.4.: Constructing Meaning: Identify evidence used to support an argument

LA.6.2.3.: Constructing Meaning: Draw and support conclusions about information or ideas in a text

Science Standard 12: Understands the nature of scientific inquiry


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Beth Pooloa,

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