Category: Adults and Art

The Art of Composition with Painting and Drawing

Paint Brushes with Oil Paints

Contrary to popular belief, an understanding and knack for composition is not simply bestowed on each of us when we pick up our first drawing or painting utensil. In fact, it’s an understanding that we must grow and cultivate over time, as we draw more and learn more about art. Instead of presenting composition as… Read More

People Drawing People: Tips for Drawing Portraits

Man Drawing a Portrait in Class

The human face presents a challenge to some artists, urging them to tackle and practice drawing the subject with adept skill and patience. With facial features, shapes, colors, and more to consider, figuring out an appropriate starting place proves difficult for new artists. To start, try using the following tips for drawing portraits! Start with… Read More

What is the Difference Between Oil Paints and Acrylic Paint?

Oil Paint vs. Acrylic Paint

There are several different types of paints in the world of art, each with their own special areas of expertise. Depending on what you are trying to create and the ancillary tools you plan to use, it’s important to understand the purpose and intricacies of the paint you work with. Let’s take a look at… Read More

The Art of Still Life

The Art of Still Life

Still life is a genre of the 17th century that holds significant cultural weight because, although absent of human subjects, it reminds us of our profound humanity. From natural objects like flowers to fruits, bowls, wine, and more, still life paintings contain the ephemera of our existence. In the Art of Antiquity   The origins… Read More

Benefits of Working with Mixed Media

Benefits of Working in Mixed Media

When creating a work of art, there are many people who prefer to use a single medium. For example, they will spend all of their time creating their artwork with watercolors and opt against using ink and colored pencils as well. This is not a bad approach to take, but using mixed media can be… Read More

Tips for Drawing Animals

Tips for Drawing Animals

Do you love to draw animals? It can be an incredible experience to sit down and draw a picture of a dog, cat, horse, bear, giraffe, or other animal. Drawing these sorts of figures will allow you to see the intricacies of each animal and gain a better appreciation for them. Hunakai Fine Arts Studio… Read More

The Art of Still Life

Still life is a genre of the 17th century that holds significant cultural weight because, although absent of human subjects, it reminds us of our profound humanity. From natural objects like flowers to fruits, bowls, wine, and more, still life paintings contain the ephemera of our existence. In the Art of Antiquity   The origins… Read More

Crafting Brings Big Benefits for Brains

According to some experts, crafting can help diminish the symptoms and improve the moods of people who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, along with easing stressing and increasing happiness. Recently, CNN told the story of a woman who lost her brother in a tragic accident and suffered post-traumatic stress as a result. Her… Read More

Get Creative During International Creativity Month

Most people value creativity, and can recognize it in just about every aspect of everyday life. From the music you listen to on the way to work or while at work to a poster you may pass by advertising a movie or play, creativity played a role in making so much that we encounter on… Read More

Use Your Hands to Make Art This Month

Some people love to paint, others love to draw, and others still like working with their hands. This month at the Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts, we offer those hands-on artists a special opportunity to create unique artworks all their own with our 3D Sculpture and Mixed Media and Acrylic Painting class sessions. 3D Sculpture… Read More

Tips for Drawing Portraits

Drawing portraits can become easy over time, but you have to make sure to use the right tools, pencil strokes and symmetry to produce a stunning product. Here are five tips for improving your ability with drawing portraits: Use a basic photocopy/office paper or cheap sketch paper Is your drawing too pale? Maybe the culprit… Read More

Summer Programs at Hunakai Studio – Adults [3 of 3]

Last but not least in our series covering the summer art programs at Hunakai Studio, we look at the programs planned for adults. Many of these programs overlap with the sessions scheduled for teens, but there are plenty of opportunities for adults to get engaged in a wide variety of artistic activities this summer. Whether… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Purple

Hey there folks, this is the 6th and final installment of the Color Series. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the color purple. “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” – Regina Brett Here’s the Scoop on Purple Purple is oftentimes associated with royalty and nobility. As… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Blue

Welcome back, everyone! This is the 5th installment in the Color Series. Today’s guest color is blue! “The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Green

Welcome back! In the fourth installment of the Color Series, we will take a closer look at the color green. “It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.” – Barbara Kingsolver History of Green The color green is one that can be found everywhere, because it is produced… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Yellow

In this third installment of the Color Series, we discuss the associations with the color yellow, which may be a little more conflicting than you first thought. Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso What to Think of Yellow A color associated… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Orange

Welcome back to the Color Series, where the colors have complements and the meanings DO matter. This post will focus on the perky orange. A blend of red and yellow, get its symbolism from both colors. While it still has a sort of heat from the red, it’s also associated with happiness because of the… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Red

Welcome to the first of a series that will go in depth about the meanings and symbolism behind different colors we see and use every day! It’s important to understand color and the symbolism they carry- especially when it comes to artwork. The first contestant is red. “When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass… Read More

Ever Heard of Art Therapy?

You may or may not have heard of the term “art therapy.” This is simply just a form of therapy that uses the process of being creative and making art to improve the person’s well being. Expressing yourself artistically helps people to resolve issues, developing and managing behaviors and feelings, reduce stress levels, and improve… Read More

Going to Art College: Adults [3 of 3]

Sometimes life isn’t as perfect or as generous as it seems to be in the movies. Maybe you wanted to be a writer or photographer, or maybe you daydreamed about one of your paintings selling for more than your parents’ house. If this sounds like you, it’s okay… you’re not alone. When people attend college… Read More

Reasons Adults Should Consider Art Classes

Art classes are wonderful places to express yourself, to spend time with others, and perhaps most importantly, to learn something new. As we age we need the stimulation of a new task, to keep our brains agile and sharp. Adults should always be looking for ways to do that.   Whether you choose sculpture, painting… Read More