European and American Masterpieces

Grades: 5-12
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Tour length: 1.5 hours
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size: 60 maximum
Request this tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 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.​


Students will explore a variety of landscape painting styles from Realism to Impressionism and Surrealism to Abstraction. They will discover that these masters, although cutting edge artists, were not always accepted in their lifetime. They will see how masterpieces can be either a realistic representation or a passionate statement of personal expression by studying the composition, brushstrokes and colors of the artworks.

Artwork on this tour:
Vincent van Gogh. Wheat Field, Le Champ de Blé. 1888. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke and Family in memory of Richard A. Cooke, 1946 (377.1). (pictured above)

Carlo Bonavia (Italian, active 1751–1788). Teverone Cascade. 1787 Oil on canvas Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2992.1). 


Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays - August through May
Tour Length:
3 hours
There is a $4 fee per student to add an art-making lesson to this tour.
Request this tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

Students will visit the Honolulu Museum of Art School to work with an art instructor to paint their own expressive Western-style masterpiece painting.


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,

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.3.1.3 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
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 artFA.5.1.2 Analyze, using evidence, the element of space (perspective, overlapping, foreground, background) and how it is developed in works of artFA.5.1.3 Analyze, using evidence, the characteristics of representational and/or non-representational art

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