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
Request this FREE tour: Spring/Summer 2016
For MAKE ART (tour plus art project), please use form below

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 by handling tools of the artists, students will contemplate the similarities and differences in the art of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. The 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 galleries. 

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 and Thursdays
Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am
Fee: There is a $4 fee per student to add an art-making lesson to this tour.
Request this tour: 2015-2016

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 Rusti Cripps,

Hawaiʻi Department of Education 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.3.1.4 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.4.1.3 Use properties, personal response, and research to make informed judgments about artwork
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.5.1.4 Explain how an original artwork demonstrates a concept or idea from another discipline
FA.5.1.5 Analyze works of art from selected historical periods
FA.6-8.1.1 Create an original integrated art product or performance and explain how this process enhances a specific art work
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.6-8.1.6 Use subjects, themes, or symbols from life experiences to convey personal 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
FA.9-12.1.1 Create original works of art using a variety of visual arts materials, techniques, and processes
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
FA.9-12.1.3 Analyze, using evidence, the relationship between themes explored in the visual arts and those explored in other content areas
FA.9-12.1.4 Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of elements and principles of art and design in works of art
FA.9-12.1.5 Create works of art that contain one or more symbols, themes, and metaphors
FA.9-12.1.6 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

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