Literacy Through Art

Grades: 3-12
Tour length:
2 hours
 Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Group Size:
60 maximum
FREE, bus subsidy available for qualified groups

Tour Description

People are looking at more images today than ever before in human history. While the internet and social media are exposing us to thousands of images a day, how many of us have been taught how to "read" an image to create thoughtful responses and interpretations? What are these images telling us? On this tour students will discover that visual art and written language both require literacy. Through discussion and hands-on activities students will interpret and respond to artwork as they would a piece of literature. Students will experience a thought provoking exhibition with docents and work with art instructors to create artwork inspired by images and concepts presented in the exhibition.

Borrow Art

Continue 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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