Teacher Resources

Education is the Honolulu Museum of Art’s mission. The museum works closely with teachers and schools to make art part of the lives of students. Our goal is to help you make the most of your visit to the Museum.

Community update: COVID-19 health and safety

While the museum and art school are temporarily closed, explore educational and teach-from-home resources, including a variety of art activities and creative prompts, on our #MuseumFromHome page.

Elements of Art & Principles of Design

In an effort to support arts education in the schools, we have started developing a suite of free resources for you to download and use in your classrooms. Our Elements of Art & Principles of Design resources will help you share these important concepts with students and tackle those Fine Arts standards. Feel free to download the pdfs to use as handouts or print a large poster to display in your classroom. Inspire creativity and encourage art vocabulary!

Elements of Art & Principles of Design Resources

Elements of Art Poster

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Elements of Art Handout

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Classroom Poster Project

Since 2014, Honolulu Museum of Art educators have collaborated with educators from the Department of Education and Hanahau‘oli School’s Professional Development Center to create a series of visual art education posters that are distributed to every DOE school classroom on O‘ahu. The posters serve as an engaging path to the Hawai‘i Common Core Standards. The first poster, featuring Juliette May Fraser’s painting Lei Sellers, came out in December 2014 and the final poster in the series was distributed in April 2016. Browse through the gallery below.

Lei Sellers

Study of Hawaiian Fish

Kolomona: Hawaiian Troubadour

The Lei Maker

Portrait of Iz

Volcano at Night

View of Honolulu From Punchbowl

Additional Classroom Poster Resources

Lei Sellers - Additional Info

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Study of Hawaiian Fish - image key

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Study of Hawaiian Fish - Additional Info

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Kolomona - Additional Info

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The Lei Maker - Additional Info

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Portrait of Iz - Additional Info

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TheVolcanoatNight

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Watch students from Pōmaika‘i Elementary introduce visual literacy with Kolomona: Hawaiian Troubadour (the third poster produced by the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Professional Development Center at Hanahau‘oli School). Mahalo to Gina Smith, Creative Literacy Teacher and the media team at Pōmaika‘i Elementary.

Watch students from Pōmaika‘i Elementary introduce visual literacy with Kolomona: Hawaiian Troubadour (the third poster produced by the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Professional Development Center at Hanahau‘oli School). Mahalo to Gina Smith, Creative Literacy Teacher and the media team at Pōmaika‘i Elementary.

Have you been using the posters in your classroom? We would love to hear about your experience with them. Email us your stories using the contact form below.

 

Additional Resources

Field Trips

We offer exciting school tours—many of them free—that support benchmarks in several subjects.

Lending Collection

The Honolulu Museum of Art Lending Collection provides educators with objects to engage students across subjects and grade levels. It houses thousands of tangible, portable examples of artifacts and objects from regions across the world, including Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

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