Arts Activities and Resources
Arts Activities and Resources
This curated list, compiled by Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) staff, contains various arts experiences accessible online, for all ages and abilities. This list will be updated as more resources become available. For a list of resources for artists, cultural practitioners, and arts/culture organizations, including surveys and information on economic relief initiatives, please visit our COVID-19 Arts and Culture Information and Resources page. Last updated: Wednesday June 3, 2020
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Hawai‘i Educator Resources
State of Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE)
- HIDOE Continuity of Education provides resources for public and charter school teachers, students and parents/caregivers to support continued learning during this extended school closure period.
- HIDOE Office of Hawaiian Education provides Hawaiian Education resources, including a COVID-19 support page.
- HIDOE television channel TEACH 356 (on Hawaiian Telcom and Charter Spectrum) has educational programming, including Tuesday art nights. Find out what is airing on the TEACH 356 schedule.
- HIDOE Video Production Branch on Vimeo: HIDOE videos are also available online, including episodes of Artists of Hawaii and Art Hunter.
University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa
- School Virtually provides information, lessons, step-by-step planning and more for educators and parents as schools have made a quick switch to distance and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website goes beyond lists of resources by offering tips on designing online instruction, utilizing technology tools and supporting students with disabilities and language learners.
- ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Initiative, free non-credit Hawaiian language classes online.
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, ‘[email protected]. The program includes keiki friendly craft projects like creating a Nā Pō Mahina or Hawaiian moon calendar and building a Pulelehua Kamehameha Butterfly life cycle carousel. ʻImiloa staff have also posted mini-presentations about Hawaiʻi’s constellations.
The Bishop Museum Online Learning Center features photos, video, blog posts, podcasts, activities, and lesson plans on various subjects including culture, science, and history to keep learners connected on and off-site.
Hawai‘i State Archives
Hawai‘i State Archives staff have uploaded numerous finding aids for your perusal, digitized materials and online exhibitions that you can access free of charge as follows:
- Archives Research: tips about doing research at the Archives, including Finding Aids that you can download.
- Digital Collections: indexes and digitized records from the State Archives.
- Online Exhibitions: from high resolution images and documents that you can download to summaries of historical events and notable people.
Writing With Aunty Laurel
Laurel Nakanishi: Online Education
This interactive video series features poetry writing lessons, prompts, and art projects to get children (Grades 3-5) writing from home. Join our Artistic Teaching Partner, poet Laurel Nakanishi, as she guides you through poetry writing and making a craft for each poem. She has also compiled a Creative Writing Library. Ideal for grades 3-5, and anyone is invited to participate.
Kona Historical Society
Kona Historical Society Digital Resources. Online content on stories of Kona, virtual exhibits, and online videos. Ideal for upper elementary, good for all ages.
- Art Explorium Lesson Plans
The Art Explorium has dozens of lesson plans available for download on their website, categorized and geared towards students in grades Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. These lesson plans utilize creative reuse techniques to teach young children about math, science, and language arts. They incorporate materials that you most likely already have at home, including cardboard tubes, cereal boxes, and scratch paper.
State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
- DLNR Forestry and Wildlife Teacher Resources
Downloadable activity guides for teachers and students, including coloring pages.
- DLNR Student Resources: Finger Puppets, Masks, Coloring Books and More
Downloadable activity sheets for students.
Hawaiian Mission Houses
Connecting with History from Home: Hawaiian Mission Houses is adding daily ways to learn and have fun with Hawai‘i history on their website.
Hawaii Afterschool Alliance
Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance Summer Activity Guides: fun and engaging activities and challenges, organized by age groups. Adaptable for in-person or virtual instruction. Based in skill building and social emotional learning.
Hawai‘i Coloring Pages
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hawai‘i (NOAA Hawai‘i)
NOAA Hawai‘i Sanctuary Education Publications Coloring Books
- Pacific Coral Reef Coloring Book
- Sea Turtles No Na Honu Kai Coloring Book in English and Hawaiian
- The Kohola and the Kolea: The Whale and the Plover Coloring Book in English and Hawaiian
State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
City and County of Honolulu Department of Facility Maintenance
Storm Water Quality Program activities and a coloring book created for kids: Storm Water Quality Learning Center.
City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services (ENV)
ENV Educational Resources and Tools
PDF educational activity and coloring books that can be downloaded and printed at home.
Iolani Palace Keiki and Ohana Activities include a coloring sheet and a Royal Orders activity (recommended for grades 2 – 5) with a “create your own Royal Order” cut and color activity.
Color Our Collections: SFCA Art in Public Places
The New York Academy of Medicine: Color Our Collections
Explore, color and connect with hundreds of coloring pages and coloring books from arts and culture institutions around the world, including the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: SFCA Color Our Collections.
Hawai‘i Arts and Music Classes and Activities
Bamboo Ridge Press
- Bamboo Ridge Press book readings on YouTube.
- Bamboo Ridge Press anthologies of stories and poems to read online or download as a PDF or an ePub file.
Beth Marcil: Pop-Up Monsters
Double Triangle Pop-Up Tutorial (video on YouTube): Join professional visual artist and SFCA Artistic Teaching Partner Beth Marcil as she teaches you how to make pop up triangles to turn into monsters in this brief 5 minute video.
State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
- The Keiki Angler book (PDF)
- Play the game “Kapu”and save the reef with your pet shark. Also available as a free app called “Reef Defender” for iPad or Android.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance and Mental Health America of Hawaii
Healing Arts Series: Free virtual series in May showcasing how the arts can be used for healing. Each event will explore how creativity can foster self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience and promote a sense of personal wellness. Four sessions: May 6, 12:00 p.m.; May 13, 12:00 p.m.; May 20, 12:00 p.m.; and May 27, 12:00 p.m. Register online: Mental Health Hawai‘i Healing Arts Series.
Hawaiʻi Children’s Discovery Center (HCDC)
HCDC At-Home Learning Ideas for children and their families. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education activities, art activities, learning with literacy, and physical activities.
Hawai‘i State Public Library System (HSPLS)
HSPLS Virtual Programs: library staff are excited to share their favorite stories with you through Online Challenges, Storytime at Home, and how to make crafts, bake, art projects and more through HSPLS Creates.
Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Nā Pāka ma ka Hale (Parks at Home): a new series of online classes taught by DPR staff. Nā Pāka ma ka Hale features videos of DPR’s dedicated recreation staff giving step-by-step information on a wide variety of topics. From in-home exercises to making lei lipine, music lessons to plant propagation, and more. Topics reflect our recreational programming, offering fun, educational, and engaging experiences that can be enjoyed by all ages, from keiki to kūpuna, and from the comfort of your home using common household items. The classes can be viewed anytime on DPR’s Facebook, DPR’s Instagram, and DPR’s YouTube feeds.
Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)
HoMA #MuseumFromHome: online resources include Art in Conversation, Artist Spotlight, and Ready, Set, Create.
Na Moolelo Lecture Series Video Archive. Geared for adults and appropriate for all ages. These recordings of lectures include:
- “Cultural Property, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and Western Intellectual Property Systems” by Barron Oda
- “Na Kilo Ao Maiki: Observing the Microbial Realm” by Dr. Kiana Frank
- “Following In Kapiolani’s Footsteps” by Colette Higgins
Online ki ho‘alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) Workshop: free lessons by SFCA Folk and Traditional Arts alum Jeff Peterson.
Storybook Theatre of Hawaii
Aunty Janet’s Fun Videos: join Artistic Teaching Partner Janet Carafa as she leads you through a mimed story, and then how to be a mime yourself!
Mānoa Heritage Center
Ka‘aipū Kākou Blog and Online Learning Space. Posting fun, educational activities that you and your keiki can do at home, with contributions from volunteer ʻohana and local cultural practitioners. A place to share and learn from each other and with each other, especially in this current time.
Volcano Art Center
Volcano Art Center Videos: the Volcano Art Center has a variety of video lessons, including beginner ukulele, lei making, and Hawaiian botanical prints.
Hawai‘i Virtual Tours and Exhibits
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Google Arts & Culture: The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks. Fly over an active volcano, explore a lava tube, and look out across volcanic cliffs at the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Headphones recommended. Suitable for all ages.
Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)
30 Americans at the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit: a series of short videos exploring artworks in the exhibit.
3-D Virtual Tour of Iolani Palace. The online tour allows visitors to roam through the building beyond the stanchions, climb the majestic koa staircase, and see remarkable artifacts on display on your computer or mobile device. On the same page there are links to download the official Iolani Palace mobile app for iPhones and Androids. Explore the Palace Grounds and navigate the various landmarks – from the Barracks to the Throne Room – with ease using an interactive map.
Mānoa Heritage Center (MHC)
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design
Google Arts & Culture: Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design. 360 degree views of some of the interior spaces at the Shangri La Museum in Honolulu. Suitable for all ages.
POW! WOW! Hawai‘i
Google Arts & Culture: Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i mural projects on Google Arts & Culture. Suitable for all ages.
The Fiber Hawai‘i 2020 exhibit at the Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani is also on view online with photos and short video clips.
Hawai‘i Watercolor Society (HWS)
The HWS 2020 Members Show is on display online only this year on the HWS website.
The 2020 Call + Response Juried Exhibition has images of selected work, captions, and images of the artists working in their studios.
Volcano Art Center
- The Volcano Art Center’s Sculpture Garden Tour 2020 is a short, guided video tour with information about the garden and the artworks currently on display in it.
Hawai‘i Performing Arts
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (HOT)
HOT Resources: videos and links for kids. Watch HOT’s mini-opera production of Rossini’s Cinderella and learn two songs so you can join in the sing-a-long.
Streaming HOT: a collection of curated HOT playlists, archived recordings, and more.
Hula Preservation Society (HPS)
Hula Preservation Society videos of concerts and documentaries. HPS’ archive and preservation efforts have been funded in part by the SFCA through grants. Suitable for all ages.
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
- “The HI Way: Bringing Theatre into Your Home” by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) is new digital content for families and children. The HI Way brings the magic of HTY’s educational stage performances and the resident ensemble’s creative energy into a digital format for viewing at home on any device. The program is broadcast on Hawaii News Now TV stations (KHNL, KGMB and K4) and is also available online at HTYweb.org, HTY’s YouTube channel, and other streaming platforms. Made for kids, fun for all ages. As of June 1, the first season has wrapped up and new episodes will arrive this fall.
- The HI Way Digital Classroom is designed for children to collaborate and create with HTY’s resident artists. Geared for elementary school aged children. As of May 22, the HI Way Digital Classroom is on a break. Check back or subscribe to the HTY newsletter for updates.
- HTY Drama Education Online for Families: creative activities for parents, children and families. The HTY Drama Education staff offer a variety of simple, engaging games and activities for parents and their children, for kids to explore together and for anyone to play through video chats! Have fun keeping your imagination in play.
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
- Coming up in May 2020, movements of the collaborative piece “Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds” will be featured online, with interviews with the creators involved. There will be opportunities for children to create art in response with activity sheets. Follow the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra on social media or sign up for the HSO email newsletter to get updates.
- HSO From Home. Digital content created by HSO musicians to help keep music in your lives, shared on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
- HSO on HPR. Classic rebroadcasts of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performances on Hawai‘i Public Radio, 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights. Appropriate for all ages.
- HSO Musicians on Instagram Education Livestream Series starts Wednesday April 15.
Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre
IONA E-Season features videos of past productions, now available online. Please note that you will be asked to register with first name, last name, and email address to view the videos. Ideal for adult audiences.
James McCarthy on Facebook: SFCA Artistic Teaching Partner James McCarthy, a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, is doing live performances on Facebook.
Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT)
MVT Live, a Facebook Livestream, Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Go behind the scenes at Manoa Valley Theatre with host Dylan Chase Lee. Episodes are also added to the MVT YouTube account later and can be viewed there at any time.
Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC)
[email protected]: while the MACC is on extended intermission, they are bringing performances online. Please visit MACC social media to learn more. Facebook: @Maui.Arts. Instagram: @MauiArtsCulture. Twitter: @MauiArtsCulture. YouTube: Maui Arts & Culture.
Aloha Performing Arts Company (APAC)
Aloha Theatre on Facebook: Wednesday Wonders livestream, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Story time, sketches, arts and crafts. Family-friendly entertainment and activities.
- Sip and Script open space to better understand script reading. Focus is on the many elements that make plays and musicals entertaining to read. May 4 – 25, 2020.
The HI*Sessions show on YouTube: intimate, high quality music performances featuring Hawai‘i musicians, singers, and songwriters. Suitable for all ages. Featured performances include:
- Ledward Ka‘apana (Hawaiian slack key guitar master)
- Keali‘i Reichel (Hawaiian singer, songwriter, and Hawaiian Chant Master)
Mele in the Hale
Mele in the Hale is a family-friendly variety show featuring Hawai‘i performers. RSVP with name and email address to watch live, or watch the recordings on Facebook or YouTube.
Hawai‘i Social Media
Hawai‘i State Art Museum
While the Hawai‘i State Art Museum remains closed, staff are posting artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection and creating a fun, educational space online.
- Facebook: Hawaii State Art Museum
- Instagram: Hawaii State Art Museum
Honolulu Museum of Art
While the Honolulu Museum of Art remains closed, they are posting #ReadySetCreate activities, an online tour of the “30 Americans” exhibit (#HoMA30Americans), and #MuseumFromHome views of artworks and galleries in the museum.
Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC)
- DMAC Virtual Sketchbook Club. Share a photo from your art studio or sketchbook every week and tag the Donkey Mill Art Center on Facebook. All ages and experience levels welcome.
- DMAC Teen Council “The Engagement Project” on Facebook shares weekly drawing prompts.
Search the hashtag #EKaniKapilaKākou for Hawaiian music jam sessions on Facebook and Instagram.
- Pō‘ai Lincoln on Instagram, singer/musician and Company Actor at Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
- “E Kanikapila Kakou Hula Hou Live”, Saturday April 18, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Standard Time (HST) on Facebook Live, featuring Hawai‘i performers.
Every1ne Hawaii Instagram Live Pau Hana series, weekdays at 5:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Standard Time (HST).
Bishop Museum: Podcasts: Audio recordings of lectures, panel discussions, and storytelling at the Bishop Museum, the Hawai‘i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Geared towards adults.
HI*Sessions Hawai‘i Podcast
HI*Sessions Hawai‘i Podcast: talking about everything local and beyond, including interviews with local musicians. Geared towards adults.
International Calls for Artists and Creatives
Future Generation Art Prize: a biannual global contemporary art prize to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. Free to enter, must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
Amplifier Global Open Call for Art
Amplifier Global Open Call for Art: submit artwork or cast your vote for your favorite artwork. Winning artworks receive a $1000 award.
Eyeball It: Art 4 Kids
Eyeball It is a series of studio art projects for elementary school-age children to do at home with a parent or other interested adult– painting, drawing, sculpture, collage.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Interactive Art History Lessons: listen/look at a book on YouTube, and then create visual art from it! The NEA provides the names of the books and the art activities that you can do after reading. Ideal for elementary school age students.
Visual Thinking Strategies
VTS Home Daily Image: VTSHOME uploads a different picture each weekday, and invites families, friends and classes to practice Visual Thinking Strategies to develop observation, communication, and critical thinking skills. The SFCA uses Visual Thinking Strategies in our Art Bento program, when we bring young people into the museum to respond to artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection. For all ages, ideal as a group activity.
National Student Poets Program (NSPP)
On Isolation: A Series of Poetry Prompts and Exercises on Growth, Healing, and Crisis was created by NSPP alum. Lessons and prompts are descriptive, walking through step-by-step instructions for each prompt. Created for students grades 7-12.
- Poem-A-Day: the original daily poetry series publishing new work by contemporary poets. Read poems and listen to audio recordings of the poems being read. Created for all ages.
- Poets.org Materials for Teachers: poems for kids and teens, lesson plans, essays, and more.
- Poetry in the Classroom Calendar: interactive PDF designed to inspire ideas for teaching poetry throughout the month, with links to related lesson plans, activities, and other resources.
New Victory Theatre
New Victory Arts Break: updated weekly with daily activities on a theme, such as Puppetry Week puppet making and puppeteering skills with materials you already have at home, Just Move! Week dance and movement, and Percussion Week rhythm and music. Created as family activities for all ages.
- PBS Kids has a variety of free resources online to support families, including educational games, a newsletter, activities and tips for parents, including “How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus”.
- Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other has interactive activities and videos created for kids.
Kanopy Film Streaming
Kanopy film streaming for Hawai‘i State Public Library library card holders. Kanopy Kids offers a variety of shows for their youngest viewers. Sign up at librarieshawaii.kanopy.com. You will need your state library card number and PIN, and will need to create a Kanopy account with your name and email address. Films by Hawaii filmmakers, such as Marlene Booth’s “Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i” are on Kanopy, as well as films about Hawai‘i and Hawaiian culture, including “The Hawaiian Islands and Maui’s Haleakala” from The Great Courses, “Kumu Hina”, and “Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka‘ehukai – A Portrait of Legendary Surfer Rell Sunn”.
The Art Assignment
The Art Assignment explores art and art history through the lens of the present. From Art Assignments that are mini classes taught by professional artists, to various art episodes, including “art cooking,” the Art Assignment is a great virtual date-night activity, or something to do with the family. Appropriate for all ages. Some activities geared are toward young adults; all activities are family friendly.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Resources provide activities and crafts for various age levels (ideal for elementary aged students).
The Engaging Educator
Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Ogden Museum Online Programming includes museum meditations, a gallery talk series, virtual tours, and lesson plans for educators.
- Tate Kids: Play and have fun with art. Games and quizzes for kids.
- Create Like an Artist: learn skills from casting to weaving, with art activities for adults and kids.
Coloring Pages from Around the World
National Park Service
- Arches National Park (Utah): Arches Park Fun Coloring Pages
- Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (Alaska): Pollinators of Alaska Coloring Book
- Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (Ohio): Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Coloring Book
- Birds of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail coloring pages
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium Coloring Pages with reef scenes and animals, including otters, sunfish, and penguins.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Arctic Coloring Pages featuring plants and animals including a blue whale, polar bear mother and cub, and a snowy owl.
Performances from Around the World
Pacific Opera Project
Opera a Day videos on YouTube, through April 19, 2020. Geared towards adults.
National Theatre (London)
National Theatre at Home. Every Thursday, a past performance by the National Theatre is posted to YouTube and available to stream for one week. Please note that age appropriateness will vary by performance.
Time Out London
Time Out London’s Events You Can Stream Online offers various theatre and live events each week that you can tune into. The time zone is 11 hours ahead of Hawaii. Ideal for older young people, young adults and adults.
Virtual Tours from Around the World
PBS Digital Studios: The Art Assignment
Art Trips: Short video documentaries featuring artworks around the world.
Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts and Culture Museum Views offers more than 2,500 free virtual tours of cultural organizations across the globe.
Speed Art Museum
“Where in the World” Online Tour: Designed for students in grades 3-5. Travel the world through artworks in the Speed Art Museum’s permanent collection through photos, text, and videos. As you explore the relationship between works of art that span the globe, you’ll also come to understand the fascinating differences and beautiful similarities between works of art from far-away places.
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts: Podcasts. Interviews with people in the arts and creative fields, including arts education, music, and folk and traditional arts. Geared towards adults, suitable for all ages.
Gale Courses (through Hawai‘i State Public Library System)
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a Hawai‘i State Public Library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Courses include:
- Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
- Write Your Life Story
- A-Z Grant Writing
Kid Pan Alley (KPA)
Kid Pan Alley has visited Hawaiʻi to write songs with students here in the islands. While schools are closed, they are offering their workshops online.
- Kid Pan Alley Free Online Group Songwriting Workshops. For students grades K-6. New sessions added every week. You will need to register ahead of time with parent/guardian full name and email address, child’s full name, and agree to parental consent/release terms. For schedule and registration: Kid Pan Alley Online.
- Kid Pan Alley Interactive Concerts for Grades K-2. New sessions added every week. You will need to register ahead of time with parent/guardian full name and email address, child’s full name, and agree to parental consent/release terms. For schedule and registration: Kid Pan Alley Online.
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