Category: Art Education

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

Check Out the Great Classes Planned for Fall!

Embrace and enrich your artistic side by enrolling now in one of our many fall art classes. From painting to drawing and digital animation, there is a class to suit every interest. We offer classes for kids, teens and adults which focus on developing skills and techniques in a variety of art mediums and disciplines…. Read More

Ceramics and Pottery – What’s the Difference?

Since they are both made using the same methods, there is physically no distinction between ceramics and pottery, but the two terms technically mean different things. While both ceramics and pottery go through a process that includes forming, firing, glazing and re-firing before completion, each term has its own specific meaning. The basics of ceramics Ceramics… Read More

A Look at Using Oil Pastels

If you are new to the world of oil pastels, you might not know where to begin. If you’re just starting with the art form, you’ll first need materials. The best way to start out is by using the highest quality pastels you can afford. If you can’t get a whole set, get some individual sticks… Read More

Could Common Core Be a Good Thing for the Arts?

Depending on your age, hearing the phrase “Common Core” could mean something different. If you’re a student, it’s a new way of thinking.  If you’re a teacher, Common Core is a new standard that you and your students will be held to. For parents, that means looking at your child’s math problems and not having… Read More

Understanding Paints: Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic

Painting a picture is more than just an idea; it is about what you want to convey to your audience. Using different types of paint can help you create a perfect scene, but you need to know how each of these paints are used and why they are used that way. Below are the three most… 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

Summer Programs at Hunakai Studio – Teens [2 of 3]

In the second part of the summer programs series, we look at the numerous sessions planned for teens to develop and build their artistic skills and talents during the warm-weather months. No matter their area of interest, the diverse collection of classes, workshops and interactive sessions are sure to provide a great opportunity for teens… Read More

The Use of Color in Impressionism

Impressionism is such a unique painting technique because of the amount of paint used and the way that it brings out the color in the painting. Impressionists were known for their extensive use of complementary colors in order to bring depth to an object and even shadows. This oftentimes made the object in question look… Read More

Colors in Motion

In your daily life everything you see and everything you do has been designed to appeal to your eyes. When you picked out your outfit this morning you chose not to wear the yellow top and orange bottoms because you know those two color choices didn’t go very well together. Our eyes will tell us… 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

Tips for Digital Painting

Many modern artists are going digital. With its many and varied options and accessible varieties of styles, it is a new frontier in creativity. The possibilities are almost infinite, which makes digital painting so attractive to creative people. Here are some good tips to get you started. Sketch First Starting with a good sketch of… Read More

Thinking of Getting a BFA? Here is how you can use it!

When preparing to go to college for the first time (regardless of your age) you might find yourself wondering what different types of degrees might help you achieve later in life. For those who have an artistic flair and wish to use it for their career, this is the hot question: What should I choose… Read More

Begin Using Your Chalk Pastels

Pastels are a medium that is fun to use and create pieces with. If you’re new to them, it can be hard to know where to start. 1)      Choose your colors. You will not need to have a huge set; usually a set of twelve will be sufficient. Soft pastels are good for blending and… Read More

Saving Money On Your Art Supplies

Art professionals and hobbyists know that art supplies can be pretty expensive. Especially, for those just starting out, it can be overwhelming and budget busting to stock up on all your supplies. Here are a few effective ways to curb your spending and save tons of money on your art supplies this year: Discipline Discipline… Read More

Art and ADHD: It Could Be a Good Thing

When you hear the word acronym ADHD, there are a couple of thoughts that might run through your mind. “I feel bad for whoever has that.” Or maybe “so they’re just really hyper, right?” Those who suffer from ADHD will typically have more energy than those who don’t, yes. But there is also the component… 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

Going to Art College: High School Students [2 of 3]

When it comes to honing in on your skills and practicing your craft, many people have different needs. Some just want to take a few classes in order to test out their creativity, and others want to make a career out of it. For those who are looking to make art a large part of… Read More

Going to Art College: Young Children [1 of 3]

Generally, most people find their calling during junior or senior year of High school. However, for some people, specifically the creative types, there is no question at all. For the most part, writers, musicians, and other artists know what they want by a very young age. If you have an artistically inclined son or daughter,… 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