Animals in Art

Grades: PreK-2
Tour length:
3 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Group Size:
60 maximum per tour
Fee: FREE, bus subsidy available for qualified groups
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Tour Description

Stone lions from China? A painted dog from France? Mosaic animals from Turkey? 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. Young students will enjoy exploring the museum with hands-on activities and will discover animals in paintings, sculpture, the decorative arts, and other media from around the world. Following the museum tour, students will meet with professional art instructors to create their own animal in clay to take home.

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).

Borrow Art

Extend 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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