Update December 2021
To our Art School Community,
We are pleased to provide you with some updates on the Honolulu Museum of Art School renovation project. As you know, when we closed our studio classes in March 2020 in the interest of safety, the timing of the pandemic allowed for a planned renovation project to move forward without affecting classes. October 2021 marked the official start of construction at the Art School—a nearly 2,000-square-foot expansion of the kiln house and the creation of open, multipurpose courtyard spaces. Repairs and improvement work have been underway for months as part of the renovation project, with the aim to improve the building’s infrastructure and facilitate high-quality art education and contribute to strengthening the arts community here in Hawai‘i. The Art School expansion and renovation project is supported through a generous private donation and a grant-in-aid (GIA) furnished by the State of Hawai‘i Office of Community Services.
We are excited to let you know that the Art School will reopen in the summer of 2022, with a new design that prioritizes inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability in its core function and layout—key considerations for this important community resource. Our courtyard spaces will become extensions of the building’s interiors for events and art making and our classroom spaces will be optimized to enhance the art studio class experience and provide more pathways to art education. We’re excited about what the future of this space will mean for our entire community.
Plans for the building include a state-of-the-art glazing and kiln house that will double the size of the ceramics studio and incorporate a glazing studio which will allow us to focus on the crucial steps of surface design and glazing techniques, an enhancement that will be fairly unique in Hawai‘i. We will continue to share details as construction and renovation to the building progresses, and look forward to welcoming the community to a revitalized space and new opportunities for transformative art and educational experiences in 2022 and beyond.
Honolulu Museum of Art
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned artist, the Adult Studio Program offers workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. Students are encouraged to try new techniques, explore mediums, and make art a part of their daily lives here at the Art School.
All of our Young Artist classes are rooted in the arts education philosophy of Teaching for Artistic Behaviors. Classes are student-centered and choice-based using a structure that introduces inspiration, demonstrations and reflection and are supplemented by visits to the Museum.
Hours of operation
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Art School Offices are currently closed to the public.
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