Animals in Art

Grades: Pre-K-2
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum per tour

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

​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.​


Stone lions from China? A painted dog from France? Mosaic animals from Syria? Animals have been depicted in art throughout history in many different ways using a variety of materials, from paint to stone to fibers to glass. How and why did they do it?

During this entertaining multicultural introduction to an art museum, students discover animals in paintings, sculpture, the decorative arts, and other media. The tour includes several popular hands-on activities that address science, math and fine arts benchmarks.

Artwork on this tour:
Animals Hunting (detail). Roman, c. 450–520 A.D. Daphne, House of the Worcester Hunt, Turkey. Mosaic of stone tesserae. Purchase, 1937, with conservation treatment funded by the Academy Guild (4672) (Pictured above)

Pierre Mignard (French, 1612–1695). The Children of the Duc de Bouillon, 1647. Oil on canvas. Purchase, Robert Allerton Fund, 1975 (4293.1).


Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Tour length:
3 hours
Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am

Following the tour, students will meet with a professional art instructor in our art studio and make a three-dimensional animal in clay.


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 Dawn Sueoka at

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

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

Oral Communication: Standard 6: CONVENTIONS AND SKILLS: Apply knowledge of verbal and nonverbal language to communicate effectively in various situations: interpersonal, group, and public for a variety of purposes

Science Standard 1: The Scientific Process: Discover, invent and investigate using the skills necessary to engage in the scientific process

Science Standard 3: Understand the unity, diversity, and interrelationships of organisms, including their relationship to cycles of matter and energy in the environment

Science Standard 4: Life and Environmental Sciences: Understand the structures and functions of living organisms and how organisms can be compared scientifically

Visual Arts: Standard 1: Understand and apply art materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of art and understand how the visual arts communicate a variety of ideas, feelings, and experiences

Kindergarten Benchmarks
FA.K.1.1 Use developmentally appropriate art vocabulary
FA.K.1.2 Use developmentally appropriate art media, tools, and processes  
FA.K.1.3 Create art that expresses feelings about a familiar subject
FA.K.1.4 Explain preferences for particular works of art

First Grade Benchmarks
FA.1.1.1 Use various types of art media
FA.1.1.2 Use the elements of line, shape, form, texture, color, and the principles of repetition and variety in artwork using a variety of art mediums
FA.1.1.3 Differentiate between two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork
FA.1.1.5 Use familiar subjects and experiences to create original works of art
FA.1.1.6 Compare artwork from various cultures that have similar themes and subject matter

Second Grade Benchmarks
FA.2.1.1 Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media
FA.2.1.3  Describe different responses to the same work of art
FA.2.1.4 Investigate how art is used in celebrations, festivals, and customs of selected cultures from the past and present

Third Grade Benchmarks
FA.3.1.2 Use observational skills in creating an original work of art
FA.3.1.4 Use visual arts vocabulary to discuss and compare works of art
FA.3.1.5 Compare themes and subject matter in works of art from different time periods

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