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 has some tips for you that will allow you to draw animals with better accuracy.


Take a photo of an animal and use it for inspiration. Tips for Drawing Animals

There are obviously plenty of photos of animals out there in the world. But if you want to truly be inspired while drawing an animal, it’s a good idea to go out and take a photo of one and work off it. You’ll have a stronger response if you chose a photograph you’ve taken yourself, and you will be able to see the animal in exactly the same light as you see it in real life.

Begin by drawing the largest shapes.

When you’re drawing an animal, it can be tough to decide where to start. Do you draw the head first and then work your way down, or do you start somewhere in the middle with the body? You are free to do it however you would like, but it’s often best to start with the larger shapes, based on the specific animal. It will give you a rough outline of what the animal looks like before you start adding smaller details.

Pay close attention to the smaller details.

Once you have the large shapes down, it will be time to move on to the smaller ones. This is what will really bring the drawing together. Study your photo before you move on to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and more, and pay close attention to the various lines and curves that are present. You want to make each stroke of your pencil count as you mimic what you see in your photograph.

Erase when necessary.

Erasing a drawing can be frustrating. It’s an admission of you not doing something just the way you want it. Don’t let it get you down! Erasing a drawing can also be empowering. It gives you a second (or third!) chance to go back and get your picture right. Erase as much as you want until you are happy with your animal drawing.

If you would like to improve your skills when it comes to drawing animals, Hunakai Fine Arts Studio is holding a workshop for children called, “How to Draw an Animal Book” on February 20th. It will provide plenty of insight into how to draw animals better. Call us at 508-543-5665 today to reserve a spot for your child and the two of you can practice these tips together!

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.

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The origins of the still life genre come from a storied past. It has traveled from the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and the walls of Pompeii into the present day. The board of inspiration was long and wide for the first still life artists, and almost any object, animate or dead, became a talking point of their art. Religious symbols, universal reflections, and items of luxury were just some of the motifs explored by still life artists.

The earliest artists of the genre, whose origins lie in Northern Europe, frequently made religious references in their work, such as lilies to represent the purity of the Virgin Mary. The early still lifes contained meaningful morality, and often incorporated concepts of vanity and temperance, among other concepts relating to the human condition.

In the Art of Modernity

The still life genre in modern art has moved passed the mundane to encapsulate more thematic elements and visually compelling subject matter, such as this exhibit devoted to the examination of objects of desire. Time and Time: Blow up No. 3 by Israeli artist Ori Gersht, another example, captures in photograph the explosion of a floral arrangement. In his paintings, a destructive yet poetic force is captured as movement is suddenly suspended, placing peace and violence on the same canvas and invoking a visceral reaction in the audience.

In our adult watercolor painting series, students learn the fundamentals of technique using a variety of subject matter, including those used in the still life genre. To learn more about this workshop, visit our adult classes page.

Why Primary Colors Do Matter

Why Primary Colors Do MatterWhen creating a piece of art, colors are a very important part of it. If you choose to make something bright red as opposed to making it jet black, it will give your artwork a much different feel.

There are many different colors for you to choose from when creating art, but the primary colors the ones that matter the most.

They might be the most basic of colors, but they are the colors that are used to create all other colors, so you need to have a strong understanding of them and use them wisely when making art.

If you don’t know, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Red can be used for injecting energy into artwork or for showing strong emotions like love, passion, and anger. Meanwhile, yellow is a positive color and can be used to add happiness or optimism to a piece, though it can also sometimes be used to express an emotion like cowardice when used properly. And blue is a color that can carry many connotations. It can be utilized to express dignity and authority, but it can also be used to show sadness.

Outside of expressing certain emotions, the three primary colors are also used to create the secondary colors and tertiary colors, including orange, purple, and green. You might not always think about this when you’re using the secondary or tertiary colors while making art, but you can make your artwork more effective and connect with people better when you use the right colors.

At Hunakai Fine Arts Studio, we are big believers in the power of the primary colors, and we offer classes for kids, teens, and adults that will harness that power so people can use it to create art. Would you like to enroll in one of our classes? Call us at 508-543-5665 today to learn about the courses we currently offer for all ages.

How Colors Can Benefit Children

Color Benefits for ChildrenA major trend for several years now has been a heavy focus on neutrals. So much of our world has slowly started to feature gray, white and beige – but did you know that a little color is good for you and your children?

Colors can help kids learn, and depending on how old they are, they are often attracted to certain color wheels.

Young kids are inspired by bright colors, while older kids in elementary school prefer pastel colors. As your kids get older, they may start to prefer darker colors, such as greens and blues.

If your child has a favorite color that he or she likes to paint or draw with, encourage them to do so. Keep in mind that surrounding your kids with colors can benefit them in many ways, depending on what color you’re working with.

Blue can increase your child’s productivity, by providing a calming effect that can actually result in a slower heart rate and a higher level of concentration. In fact, gray and blue tones have a history of helping kids with dyslexia to read. Similarly, green provides a feeling of relaxation, and boosts creativity.

Bold reds and oranges can have a profound effect on your child’s brain function, by encouraging them to notice small details which can in turn heighten their IQ.

Learning and working with colors can boost your child’s logic skills, by teaching them concepts like the differences between colors.

Our brains are very visual, especially when we are young. Encouraging your kids to experiment with different colors can be hugely beneficial for them: if they are very young, it can give them a leg up when they begin school. If your child has some behavioral issues, changing their environment by adding in just the right color may help to ease their stress.

No matter how old your child is, experimenting with colors through art can only help them become better learners.

Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts in Foxboro has offered art educational lessons and workshops to hundreds of members of the community. Let them help your children express their artistic side.

Keep Children’s Creativity Soaring this Summer

Keep Children’s Creativity Soaring this SummerSummertime provides children with a long break from school, but some children have a hard time with all of that freedom. Summer can sometimes lead to boredom and frustration, even for the brightest children.

The best way to keep children engaged this summer is to expose them to fun and creative activities such as an art class.

Getting your child involved in art can help with fine motor skill development, improve handwriting, and even strengthen hand-eye coordination. Some of these skills can be difficult for young children to develop, but encouraging them to develop them through art can make a huge difference in just a couple of months.

Getting your kids involved in art can also boost their confidence and creativity. The feeling of success and accomplishment after trying something new can be a confidence boost for kids of all ages. Plus, teaching the lesson of “practice makes perfect” is a great way to foster determination and dedication in your kids.

Art will encourage your child to showcase his or her individuality; when you’re taking an art class, it’s not all about who can make the right project. It’s about discovering how we see things differently, and celebrating those differences.

Exposing your child to art can also help them cope with potentially stressful things in their lives, like the addition of a new baby brother or sister to the family, losing a pet, or starting a new school in the fall.

Perhaps the most important reason to get your kids involved in art is because learning to express your artistic talents is fun! Kids love to take art classes, make new friends, learn a new skill, and create something they can bring home to show their parents.

Click here to view a full list of our summer classes for kids, and call Hunakai Studio today at 508-543-5665 if you have any questions about our classes, teachers, or registration.

Join Us for Vacation Workshops During Winter Break

The winter blues can get you down if you let them, but here at Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts, we have just the trick that can snap you out of them. Why don’t you join us for a vacation art workshop during your winter break?

We’re offering two great workshops this winter break, both of which are great for artists who feel a little lacking in the inspiration department lately or for folks who have always been interested in art but never taken a formal class. Our classes are taught by our talented artists, who are skilled not only in their field of choice, but in the art of instruction. Let’s take a look at the two sessions planned for this winter break.

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Our Colored Pencil class is great for adults and teens, and a wonderful way to add splashes of color to the usual white landscape of late December. This workshop is $60, which includes supplies, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27. This class introduces students to the medium of colored pencils, covering the basics and illustrating that there is so much more to this art form. Students will learn how to follow contours to show the shape of a surface, how to gradually add color to create varying intensity and depth and how to keep your colors and your work bright.

Comic Strips

Our Comic Strips class is great for kids of all ages, and costs only $60 for a full day of instruction. This class is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 28. In this class, students of all ages will work on a short story to tell via comic strip form. You’ll learn about character creation, the basics of comic strip art, including layout and artistic style. Supplies are also included in the cost of this winter break program.

If either of these winter vacation workshops sounds good to you, register today! This course is a great activity during those days off from school or work, or could be a great gift for the budding artist in your family. After all, the best kinds of gifts are experiences, rather than things.

For more information on Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts or to learn more about the classes we’re offering this winter, call us today at 508-543-5665.

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, we’re launching three new classes, including Things with Wings, Robots and Dragons. All of these – and our many additional classes – are geared toward helping kids develop their skill set while helping each student find his or her own artistic style, and we are confident these classes will be a popular addition to our current class offering.

To give you a better idea of what these classes will offer your child, let’s take a deeper look at each of our new classes.

Things With Wings Art ClassWe are especially excited about the Things with Wings class. This class will focus on fairies, dragons, birds, bats, bugs, airplanes – really anything that has wings! Not only will we be working with two-dimensional artwork, we’ll also create 3D pieces. This class is perfect for any child, particularly the child who likes to use his or her imagination! Tuition for this weeklong session is $300 with an additional $20 fee for materials.

During the Robots class, kids will create and draw robots as inspired by the classic sci-fi characters that we all have grown up loving. We will work in both two- and three-dimensional mediums, allowing your child to let his or her imagination take over. The cost, inclusive of the session tuition and materials fee, is $320.

Our last new class is Dragons which is sure to attract the attention of kids with a flare for medieval myth Dragons Art Summer Classand magic. Similar to our other classes, this class will also create pieces in two and three dimensions, with students free to design their dragons as fierce or friendly as they like. The cost for this program is also $320 which includes the cost of materials.

If your child is looking for something different, we also offer several other summer kids programs that might me more suited for your pupil’s passions. There are also a few discounts and specials available for those who sign up for our summer sessions before May 1, 2016. To inquire about these discounts or to learn more about any summer class session, call the studio today at 508-543-5665.

Art Parties at Hunakai

Have your very own art party here at Hunakai. Birthdays or friends night out. For kids 5-7, 8-10, teens and adults. The party will be hosted at the studio with various lessons to choose from.  2.5 hours long with an half hour for food and gifts (refreshments and decorations are the responsibility of the client, BYOB for adults over 21.) Each guest will also receive a $20 certificate toward future art classes.

There are many different lesson choices to choose from with no talent required to have fun! Just call or email to learn about the different options.

$100 deposit are required to book and plan the event.

Cost for up to 10 guests is $225 for under 18 yrs. Additional $20 per guest, up to 20.

$300 for 18+. Additional $28 per guest, up to 20.