HoMA SELECT: Natural Selection at Spalding House

Grades: K-12
Tour length: 2 hours (one hour tour, one hour art-making)
Location: Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr.
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Dates: November 3, 2016 - June 25, 2017
Times: 10am - noon
Group size: 60 maximum
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Spalding House's HoMA SELECT is an exhibition of works from the new Collection Highlights catalog that underscores the high quality of the museum's collection. Artworks are installed in non-traditional and unexpected ways, regardless of time period, genre, or geographical origin, provoking thought and discussion about the value of art, the function of collections, and the curatorial process.

What makes these works so special or important? How were the artists inspired to create them? How was the artwork created? Is there a connection between the art-making process and the concept of evolution and natural selection?

During the Natural Selection tour students will venture into the galleries to investigate relationships between art, science, curiosity, and inspiration. Students will use the artworks to explore scientific concepts of habitats, adaptation, traits, and basic needs of survival. Through participation in docent-led discussions students will consider common questions about art. Students will also participate in an art project that will build upon their observation and experience in the gallery to create an original work of art guided by the museum's teaching artists.

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)

Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Next Generation Science Standards

LS1.A: Structure and function
LS1.B: Growth and development of organisms
LS4.B: Natural selection
LS4.C: Adaptation

Hawai‘i State Standards

Standard 3: Life and Environmental Sciences: Organisms and the Environment: Understand the unity, diversity, and interrelationships of organisms, including their relationship to cycles of matter and energy in the environment.

Standard 4: Life and Environmental Sciences: Structure and Function in Organisms: Understand the structures and functions of living organisms and how organisms can be compared scientifically.

This tour is generously supported by