The Great Outdoors

Grades: 3-8
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum

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.​


In this fast paced tour students will explore and compare Honolulu Museum of Art’s diverse collection of landscape paintings. From cities to countrysides, seascapes, and volcanic paintings, students will discover how artists documented landscape changes in our world. After students are inspired by these works from Hawai’i, mainland America, and Europe, they will create a landscape of their choice in a collage-style art project they can take home.

Artwork on this tour:
Eiler Andreas Christoffer Jorgensen. View of Honolulu from Punchbowl (detail), 1875. Oil on canvas. Gift of Hester M., Richard C., and David E., Vanderburgh in memory of Richard M. Vanderburgh, 1981 (4954.1). (pictured above)

Thomas Moran, American (1837-1926). The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Wyoming, 1904. Oil on canvas. Gift of The Bank of Hawaii, 1970 (3701.1).

Camille Pissarro, French (1830-1903). Rouen, Saint-Sever, Morning, 1898. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1934 (4110).


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

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

Third Grade
FA.3.1.1 Use the elements and principles of art and design, including, value (i.e., tints and shades, analogous colors), line, rhythm, movement, proportion, and balance
FA.3.1.3 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
SS.3.7.4 Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the effects of these changes

Fourth Grade
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.4.1.4 Explain how art reflects life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of the artist

Fifth Grade
FA.5.1.1 Use the principles of art and design, including unity and harmony, in works of art
FA.5.1.2 Analyze, using evidence, the element of space (perspective, overlapping, foreground, background) and how it is developed in works of art
FA.5.1.3 Analyze, using evidence, the characteristics of representational and/or non-representational art
FA.5.1.6 Analyze works of art from various regions of the United States

6-8 Grade
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.6-8.1.7 Compare the characteristics of artwork from various historical periods and/or cultures

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