Asian Masterpieces

Grades: 3-12
Tour length: 1.5 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Times: 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.​ 


Through careful observation, discussion and handling of artists’ tools, students will contemplate the similarities and differences in the art of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. This tour focuses on the traditional and individual ink brushstrokes Asian artists use to depict mountains, trees, plants and rivers from the natural world in paintings, screens and poetry. Students will discover the importance of nature in Asian art and Buddhist beliefs as they explore the ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and woodblock prints from the Museum’s collection.

Pictured above:
Nakabayahi Chikuto (1776–1853) Buddhist Temple Among Cloudy Peaks (detail). Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1830–1840 Hanging scroll; ink on silk. Gift of London Gallery, 1975 (6162.1)

Artwork on this tour:
Oil Jar. Korea, Koryo dynasty, late 12th century. Stoneware with celadon glaze, black and white slip decoration. Gift of Lt. General Oliver S. Picher, USAF (Ret.), 1955 (2081.1). (Pictured above)

Anonymous. Guanyin. China, Northern Song (960-1126) or Tangut Xia (1038-1227) dynasty, first half of the 11th century. Wood with traces of pigment. Purchase, 1927 (2400).


Tour length: 3 hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am

After they are inspired by these artists, they will go to the museum studio classroom and courtyards to paint their own expressive Asian-style masterpiece, complete with a personal seal and poem. 


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

Fine 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.

FA.3.1.4: Use visual arts vocabulary to discuss and compare works of art
FA.4.1.4: Explain how art reflects life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of the artist
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.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.9-12.6: Evaluate the function of artwork in different cultures, careers, and historical periods
FA.9-12-1.7: Analyze common characteristics of works of art and artifacts across time periods and among cultural groups to identify influences

SAMA Benchmarks (applicable to tours with Make Art option only)
FA.3.1.1: Use the elements and principles of art and design, including value, line, rhythm, movement, proportion, and balance
FA.3.1.3: Use observational skills in creating an original work of art
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.5.1.1: Use the principles of art and design, including unity and harmony, in works of art
FA.6-8.1.2: Apply selected elements of principles of art and design to communicate a particular message or opinion in an original work of art
FA.9-12.1.2: Demonstrate how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of elements or principles of art and design

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