Animals in Art

Grades: Pre-K-3
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum per tour
Request this FREE tour: Spring/Summer 2016
For MAKE ART (tour plus art project), please use form below. 

​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).


Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tour length:
3 hours
Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am
Fee: There is a $4 fee per student to add an art-making lesson to this tour.
Request this tour: 2015-2016

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


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 Rusti Cripps,

Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks

Fine Arts
Standard 1: VISUAL ARTS: 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
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
FAK.1.5 Explain the concept that all artwork is meant to be appreciated and some artwork is also meant to be useful
FA.K.1.4 Explain preferences for particular works of art
FA1.1.1 Use various types of art media
FA1.1.2 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
FA1.1.6 Compare artwork from various cultures that have similar themes and subject matter
FA2.1.1 Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media
FA2.1.3 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.
FA3.1.2 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
FA3.1.5 Compare themes and subject matter in works of art from different time periods

Language Arts
Standard 6: Oral Communication: CONVENTIONS AND SKILLS: Apply knowledge of verbal and nonverbal language to communicate effectively in various situations: interpersonal, group, and public¾ for a variety of purposes
LA.K.6.2 Use basic social conventions in greetings, in introductions, and in conversations
LA.K.6.3 Ask and respond appropriately to basic questions
LA.K.6.4 Follow simple oral directions, instructions, and explanations
LA.K.6.5 Use appropriate volume when speaking in various situations
LA.K.6.6 Use eye contact as a listening and speaking skill to focus attention on the speaker or connect with listener(s)
LA.1.6.2 Use appropriate social conventions (e.g., waiting one's turn, raising a hand, apologizing) in various large and small group situations
LA.1.6.4 Ask questions for clarification
LA.1.6.5 Use basic listening skills to focus attention on speaker and respond to a message
LA.1.6.6 Adjust volume and intonation (e.g., falling for statements, rising for questions) as appropriate to content and purpose
LA.2.6.1 Use oral language to obtain information, complete a task, and share ideas with others
LA.2.6.2 Give an oral presentation to share information with peers
LA.2.6.4 Use appropriate social conventions in various large and small group situations
LA.2.6.5 Give feedback to a speaker to promote mutual understanding
LA.2.6.6 Adjust pacing, volume, and intonation appropriate to content and purpose
LA.3.6.1 Use oral language to obtain information, complete a task, and share ideas and personal opinions with others
LA.3.6.3 Give verbal and nonverbal feedback to a speaker to promote mutual understanding

Science Standard 1, 3, 4, 5
SC.K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations
SC.K.1.2 Ask questions about the world around them
SC.K.3.1  Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals
SC.1.3.1 Identify the requirements of plants and animals to survive
SC.2.3.1 Describe how animals depend on plants and animals
SC.3.3.1 Describe how plants depend on animals
SC.K.4.1 Identify differences between living and non-living things
SC.1.4.1 Describe how living things have structures that help them to survive
SC.1.5.1 Identify ways in which the same kinds of plants and the same kinds of animals differ
SC.1.5.2 Describe the physical characteristics of living things that enable them to live in their environment
SC.2.5.1 Identify distinct environments and the different kinds of organisms each environment supports
SC.2.4.1 Explain how plants and animals go through life cycles
SC.3.4.1 Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive

Return to guided school tours.