Words through Art at Spalding House

Grades: K-12
Tour length: 2 hours (one hour tour, one hour art-making)
Location: Spalding House 2411 Makiki Heights
Dates: Tuesday – Friday, July 29, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Times: 10 am start time
Group Size: 60 maximum
Fee: FREE  
Request this tour: Fall 2015

​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.​


Spalding House’s fall exhibition TXT/MSG delves into the communicative nature of art through the use of text, the principles of design, and visual narratives, and looks at how one’s emotional, physical, and psychological response to an object, image or experience can shape it’s meaning.

During this activity-filled tour, the galleries turn into writing laboratories as the students combine art and words. They will write personal interpretations of artwork, colorful poetry, and create words as art with paper and scissors. The tour offers multiple opportunities to enjoy art and literacy skills in fun ways! Following the hour-long tour, the students will create a work of art inspired by what they saw in the galleries. 

On view will be Bennett Lieberman’s visual poems inspired by the descriptive names of paint swatches from the hardware store, and an installation by Tae Kitakata and Brittany Powell (collaborators/creators of the acclaimed blog, Low Commitment Projects) that brings to life daily conversation through paper-cut words and phrases. Also featured is muralist Aaron Noble whose work deconstructs comic book imagery and narratives on a large scale. Satirical and political cartoons by 19th-century Frenchman Honoré Daumier and 20th-century Oahuan Corky Trinidad explore the marriage between image and text from different epochal and geographical views, and EATING IN PUBLIC adds to that discourse through intimate works utilizing new media.

TXT/MSG is part of a series of academically aligned exhibitions that serve as a valuable interdisciplinary resource for the students and teachers of Hawai‘i, and is curated by museum educators with input from school teachers and university professors. 

Students will receive a booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom and a Parent Pass to bring two adults to the museum for a return visit.

Title 1 schools may request bus transportation and waive art making fees thanks to the generous support of the Louis L. Borick Foundation.