Elements of Art

Grades: PK-3
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.​


How do artists use color, lines, and shapes? This hands-on introduction to the museum focuses on the museum’s colorful paintings and sculpture from the Western collection. Students learn about the parts of art as they recreate art using colorful activities to learn the vocabulary of art. Students will be encouraged to select their favorite works of art and express their own personal connections to make it their museum.

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

Artwork on this tour:
Francesco Granacci (Italian, 1469–1543). Adoration of the Christ Child (detail), c. 1500. Tempera on wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2987.1).
(Pictured above)

Henri-Edmond Cross (French, 1856–1910). Landscape, c. 1896-99. Oil on canvas. Purchase, 1974 (4225.1).


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

Fine Arts
Standard 1: VISUAL ARTS: 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

K FA.K.1.4 Explain preferences for particular works of art
K FA.K.1.3 Create art that expresses feelings about a familiar subject
K FA.K.1.1 Use developmentally appropriate art vocabulary1
FA.1.1.3 Differentiate between two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork
FA.1.1.2 Use the elements of line, shape, form, texture, color, and the principles of repetition and variety in artwork using a variety of art mediums
2 FA.2.1.2 Use color to convey mood in works of art
2 FA.2.1.3 Describe different responses to the same work of art
2 FA.2.1.1 Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media
3 FA.3.1.3 Use observational skills in creating an original work of art
3 FA.3.1.4 Use visual arts vocabulary to discuss and compare works of art
3 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

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