Let's Sketch

Grades: 4-12
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
Request this 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.​


Try out several different drawing techniques used by artists to develop their work. Students will explore 5-6 works of art from the museum collection by drawing in a specially designed tour sketchbook that they may take home. Everyone can be a successful artist using these exercises!

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

Artwork on this tour:
James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903), Arrangement in Black No. 5: Lady Meux (detail) 1881. Oil on canvas. Purchase, Acquisition Fund, funds from public solicitation, Memorial Fund, and Robert Allerton Fund, 1967 (3490.1). (Pictured above)


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, epooloa@honolulumuseum.org.

Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks

FA.4.1.1 Use the elements and principles of art and design
FA.5.1.1 Use the principles of art and design, including unity and harmony, in works of art
FA.6-8.1.2 Apply selected elements and principles of art and design to communicate a particular message or opinion in an original work of art
FA.6-8.1.3 Use art vocabulary when evaluating intent and content of works of art
FA.6-8.1.5 Describe how different elements and principles of art and design and styles can be used to express a variety of moods, feelings, themes, and ideas
FA.9-12.1.2 Demonstrate how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of elements or principles of art and design

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