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.​


Images are powerful tools of communication and today young people are looking at images more than ever before.  But how many have been taught how to “read” an image to create thoughtful responses and interpretations? In this tour, students will be introduced to the building blocks of visual literacy through three elements of art: color, line, and shape. Your students will express their personal opinions, interact with others and think critically as they engage with the arts and learn how to thoughtfully respond to images. This tour focuses on the museum’s colorful paintings and sculpture from the Western collection and is a great museum starting point for students of all ages.

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.

Hawaii Department of Education Standards and Learner Outcomes

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) 

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. 

Kindergarten Benchmarks
FA.K.1.1 Use developmentally appropriate art vocabulary
FA.K.1.3 Create art that expresses feelings about a familiar subject
FA.K.1.4 Explain preferences for particular works of art

First Grade Benchmarks
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
FA.1.1.3 Differentiate between two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork 

Second Grade Benchmarks
FA.2.1.1 Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media
FA.2.1.2 Use color to convey mood in works of art
FA.2.1.3 Describe different responses to the same work of art 

Third Grade Benchmarks
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    

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