Let's Sketch

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


Like any other school subject, drawing can be taught and cultivated with practice. In this tour your students will learn and use several different drawing techniques. Students will explore 5-6 works of art from the museum collection and draw in a specially designed tour sketchbook that they may take home. Anyone can be a successful artist, it just takes knowledge and practice!

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 Dawn Sueoka at dsueoka@honolulumuseum.org.

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

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
FA.4.1.1: Use the elements and principles of art and design, such as emphasis, proportion, complementary colors, positive and negative space, and depth, to communicate an idea or mood.
FA.5.1.1: Use the principles of art and design, including unity and harmony, in works of art.
FA.6-8.1.5: Apply selected elements and principles of art and design to communicate a particular message or opinion in an original work of art.
FA.9-12.1.1: Create original works of art using a variety of visual arts materials, techniques, and processes.
FA.9-12.1.2: Demonstrate how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of elements of principles of art and design.

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