Social Studies Through Art at Spalding House

Thanks to a generous grant from the Borick Foundation, there are funds to cover all MAKE ART fees for all participating students at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House. Additionally, there is limited bus funding for Title 1 schools for this tour. Please indicate your interest for bus funds on the tour request form.​

Grades: 4-12
Tour length: 1 hour tour plus a 1 hour art-making lesson
Dates: ​Tuesday - Friday, ​August 13, 2014 - January 4, 2015, Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Times: 10am to 12 pm
Fee: ​FREE

Request this FREE See Art Make Art tour: Fall 2014

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.​


Our new educational exhibition at Spalding House for the fall semester is HI Society! The exhibition features six local artists: painter Brenda Cablayan, installation artist April AH Drexel, photographers Cheyne Gallarde and Shuzo Uemoto, graphic designer Edwin Ushiro and storyteller Lopaka Kapanui.

On the guided school tour, students will look carefully at the work of these contemporary artists and consider issues like identity, diversity and power that are relevant to people of all ages and locations. By looking closely at the art, engaging in conversations and writing, students will consider the answers to questions about how we live, how we look and dress, and how we behave in our community. In Cablayan's work, they explore the diverse places in which we live, from wooden plantation houses to concrete and steel high-rise buildings. What do these structures say about who we are? What have these homes seen through the years? In the work of Uemoto and Gallarde, students will examine character types and ponder the ways we categorize people, considering how this can be superficial. Through Ushiro's and Lopaka's images and storytelling, students will come to understand how we are guided through our daily journeys by unexpected outside influences. Throughout the tour, students will work with props and engage in rol​e playing to understand, explore, and to find their place in our diverse community.

Students will receive this activity booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom.

​During the visit, students will create a unique work of art in response to the exhibition and tour that they can take back to the classroom.

Pictured above: 

Cheyne Gallarde (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'Wat school you wen go?' Digital prints on foam board, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu Hawai‘i). 'The Red Pareo.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Brandon Ng. 'Talk Story.' 2012. Ambrotype with archival pigment print. Photo: Makoto.