Classes & Activities

From Hawai‘i

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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.
  • A Monster Pop-Up in the Making (video on YouTube): Beth demonstrates how she makes a pop-up from beginning to end.

State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)

DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources Education Program

  • 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.

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 FacebookDPR’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.

Iolani Palace

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

Jeff Peterson

Online ki ho‘alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) Workshop: Free lessons by SFCA Folk and Traditional Arts alum Jeff Peterson.

Jin An Wong / Society for Kona’s Art and Education (SKEA)

Jin An Wong’s Endangered Species Drawing Lessons on YouTube: Teaching artist Jin An Wong’s videos on YouTube show you how to draw endangered species in Hawaiʻi. Created for SFCA Artistic Teaching Partner SKEA.

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.

Mauliola Cook on YouTube: SFCA Artistic Teaching Partner Mauliola Cook’s videos on YouTube take you through Hawaiian stories and creative dance classes. Created for children and enjoyable for all ages.

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.

Online Classes

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

From Around the World

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.
  • 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.

PBS 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 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”.