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

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.​


On this engaging Museum tour 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. Students 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. Students will think critically about why people create art, what inspires an artist, and what makes a work of art great. This tour is an excellent way to expose students to masterpieces in art as well as Hawai‘i’s Fine Arts Benchmarks.

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). 


Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Tour Length:
3 hours

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

Teachers know the most effective and long-term learning takes place when children create something related to the topic they are learning. With “Make Art,” students take their new background knowledge and inspiration to the Honoluu Museum of Art School after the museum tour. With an art instructor, students create their own Western-style masterpiece painting. This is an effective and hands-on way to reinforce the day of learning at the Museum.

Confucius: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember; I do and I understand."


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

Visual 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

Grade 4
FA.4.1.3 Use properties, personal response, and research to make informed judgements about artwork.
FA.4.1.4 Explain how art reflects life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of an artist.

Grade 5
FA.5.1.3 Analyze, using evidence, the characteristics of representational and/or non-representational art.
FA.5.1.5 Analyze works of art from selected historical periods

Grade 6-8
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.6-8.1.7 Compare the characteristics of artwork from various historical periods and/or cultures
FA. 6-8.1.9 Analyze, using evidence, why specific works of art were created

SAMA Benchmarks (applicable to tours with Make Art option only)
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.
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

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