The Great Outdoors

Grades: 3-8
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
Request this tour: Spring/Summer 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.​


Through the Honolulu Museum of Art's collection of landscape paintings, students will explore places around the world as they compare the environments of cities, countryside, and seascapes, and discover how landscapes have changed over time. Students will see how Hawai’i, mainland America, and Europe looked long ago and will understand that artists document and express changes in the world.

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 Rusti Cripps,

Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks

Fine Arts
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
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
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.5.1.5 Analyze works of art from selected historical periods
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.6-8.1.4 Apply different qualities and characteristics of art materials, techniques, and processes to convey effectively different experiences, ideas, and opinions
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
FA.6-8.1.8 Analyze, using evidence, how cultural factors have affected works of art now and in the past
FA.6-8.1.9 Analyze, using evidence, why specific works of art were created

Social Studies
SS.3.7.2 Compare the physical and human characteristics of different communities and regions
SS.3.7.4 Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the effects of these changes
SS.4.7.3 Analyze the consequences of human modification of the physical environment in Hawaii
SS.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth

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