Category: Children and Art

The Many Benefits of Art Classes for Children

Young Child Painting in a Summer Class in MA

In recent years, a large focus on common core subjects has manifested in your child’s educational curriculum. These courses are very important, allowing your children to excel and be better prepared for their futures. However, there is more to your child’s development than just math, science and history. Their creativity, passion, and other important life… Read More

How Kids Can Express Themselves through Comic Books

Comic Book Actions

Creative writing and finding self-expression can be hard at such a young age, so why not let your children express themselves with something fun and interactive: comic books! Encourages creative writing Comic books seem to serve as an effective gateway to some kids who tend to struggle to embrace creative writing. This avenue allows them… Read More

Key Components of Installation Art and why it’s Great for Teens

Key Components of Installation Art and why it’s Great for Teens

As kids grow into teens, sometimes they grow out of old hobbies and grow into more culturally and creatively developed ones. Installation art in particular is a great art form for teens to engage with for several reasons. This type of contemporary art is displayed in a three-dimensional space and uses the available environment to… 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

Benefits of Clay Art for Kids

Benefits of Clay Art for Children

It is not secret that children benefit from art, and different forms of art offer children different benefits. If you are hoping to feed your child’s need for creative stimulation, consider enrolling them into a clay art class. The Enjoyment of Sensory Experience Through clay manipulation, children are taught to have full control from start… Read More

Summer Session 2017: Classes for Kids

Under the Sea

It may not seem like summer is around the corner, but it’ll be here before you know it! That means that now’s the time to start making plans for your children during those long months out of school. We know it can be a little bit boring for them sometimes without having school and their… Read More

Create Unique Art from the Wizarding World During Winter Break

Fantastic Beasts and How to Draw Them

It’s hard to believe that February is already upon us, and lots of schools are already looking ahead to winter break! If you haven’t had a chance to plan out some fun activities for the month, don’t worry. Hunakai Studio of Art is offering a winter break workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb…. Read More

Help Ease Back-to-School Jitters with Art

Now that the kids are back in school, nerves and emotions run high as new worries and stressors come into play. From tackling homework assignments and worrying about who they will sit by at lunch, to getting used to new teachers, students and experiences, going back to school proves to be a difficult time that… Read More

Fighting Summer Brain Drain with the Arts

Summer brain drain is what happens to students in the summer months between school years, when they are no longer being stimulated with books and art by teachers who are experts in their fields. According to teachers polled by the Chicago Tribune, when students return to school after the summer, the first few weeks are… Read More

Robots, Dragons and Things With Wings: Summer at Hunakai

While many will be gearing up for Spring Break, we want you to take a minute to think about what your child (or children) is going to do this summer. At Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts, we offer several weeklong sessions throughout the summer including half- and full-day courses for kids and teens. This summer,… Read More

Art Education an Integral Part of Brain Development

Painting, sculpting, glazing, crafting, drawing, molding: regardless of the type of hands-on art your child or teen is creating, their brain is growing as a result. Recent studies continue to prove this, showing that experiencing art through art education is an integral part of brain development. Art education helps the brain to actually rewire itself… Read More

Growing up With Art

Art provides children an avenue for creativity, and a place for them to express themselves in a safe, imaginative way. Getting children involved in art classes from an early age inspires them to explore new ways of expression and imagination. Because we recognize the importance of art in a young child’s life, we created a… Read More

Three Thanksgiving Craft Projects

As you and your kids gear up for Thanksgiving, it is important to keep them occupied and not staring at the television. We suggest doing some fun, inexpensive craft projects this year with them. Below are our three favorite projects to do with the young ones. Pine Cone Turkey What could be more festive than… Read More

Get Crafting With These Halloween Decoration Projects

Halloween is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love to decorate their home with a little bit of festive décor? But those decorations in the stores can be pretty pricey, so here are a few suggestions for easy at-home crafts that you and your children can enjoy making that will bring seasonal flair to… 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

Fun with Fabrics

From chokers and slap bracelets to butterfly clips and mood rings, the style of the ‘90s proved unique and carefree. But there was one style that stood out among the rest for its creativity: clothing colored with fabric glue. Using glitter pens or glues in different colors allowed us to generate our own sense of… 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 the Growth and Popularity of Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have been all the rage in recent years, spurred by a seemingly unending onslaught of comic book hero movies and television shows that have captured the minds and imaginations of the young and old alike. These artistic variations on the traditional written storytelling form provide a fully illustrated picture for the reader, with… 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

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