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ART 189: Introduction to Hawaiian Art (3 credits)

Course Description

An integrated beginning studio art course which offers students the opportunity to understand and express Hawaiian cultural perspective through contemporary visual arts activities. (6 hours lecture/lab)

Recommended Preparation: HAW 101 or one semester high school Hawaiian.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the historical and formal qualities of objects produced by Hawaiians through pre-contact, post-contact, and contemporary times.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of art making as a means of contemporary notation, conceptualization and visual organization.
  • Develop an appreciation of Hawaiian art, the variety and richness of its art forms and the cultural significance inherent in its production.
  • Demonstrate how the Hawaiian language informs the process of art making and offers insights into the metaphorical nature intrinsic in Hawaiian art.
  • Use various art making techniques and processes to explore personal imagery.
  • Collaborate with others to make creative decisions.

Degrees and Certificates

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    Classes Offered

    • Fall 2013 - MW, 2:30pm to 5:00pm, Hale ʻIolani 108, L Luteru - CRN: 64401
    • Spring 2012 - TR, 1:00pm to 3:30pm, Hale ʻIolani 101, Maureen-michele Chun - CRN: 64325
    • Fall 2008 - MW, 9:30am to 12:15pm, Hale ʻIolani 101, A Landgraf - CRN: 64281
    • Spring 2005 - MW, 10:30am to 1:15pm, 101, A Landgraf - CRN: 62024
    • Fall 2003 - MW, 1:30pm to 4:25pm, Hale Pālanakila 212, A Landgraf - CRN: 14693