Arigatou Art Academy

Arigatou (pronounce as ‘Ah-Lee-Ga(t)-Dor), a Japanese word (ありがとう) which means ‘thank you’.

In Arigatou Art Academy, we provide a variety of creative art courses to all interested children, teenagers, and adults, developing their potential in art as well as guiding them to express visually and get in touch with their soul spiritually. Courses provided include (1) Digital Chinese Painting Workshop, (2) Chinese Calligraphy lesson, (3) Digital Drawing Workshop, (4) different kinds of DIY Art workshops (like DIY lip balm, DIY 3D photo frame, DIY felting doll, etc). We have also developed some cute, Arigatou-style illustrations to help people who want to learn English in a fun, relaxing way.

If you do not have time to join the workshops, but you desperately want to own our unique style art pieces, we are also delighted to produce tailored artwork for you at your request. For details, you may visit the links at the bottom of the page.

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Digital Chinese Painting

Uniquely created, these digitally produced Chinese-style wash paintings express a fusion of modern art and the distillation of the mood and spirit in traditional Chinese art. You will see the peace of soul and the wisdom of the Orient in every painting of this series.

Features

  • Digitally produced
  • Chinese-style wash
  • Modern traditional

Chinese Character Design

Combining the knowledge about traditional painting technique and digital painting skills, this series of unique, traditional-but-modern artworks that you can show in your room as an art decoration has been produced. Perfect to be hanged on the wall or as a small decoration on your desk.

Features

  • Digitally produced
  • Unique Chinese characters
  • Meaningful & inspirational

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Arigatou-Style Cartoon Character Design

The main characters are a male hedgehog, Arigatou, who can be easily identified by his signature streamline body and a fox, Wolly, who is composed of mainly straight lines and sharp angles.

Features

  • Digitally produced
  • Unique Arigatou-style

Work of Arigatou

Chinese-Style Wash

Chinese Watercolor Painting is a classic oriental style of painting.
The traditional subjects portrayed in the following digitally-produced Chinese-style wash paintings are three of the ‘Four Noble Ones’, namely, plum blossom, (orchid,) chrysanthemum and the bamboo. In Chinese philosophy, these plants represent the four seasons and the four virtues of the ideal Confucian spirits.
[ You may have also noticed that our little hedgehog, Arigatou, is featured in the paintings 🙂 ]


Arigatou-style Crayon

Illustrations could be a direct way to visualise your feelings and moods.
And Arigatou’s illustrations are so much more.
They are creative representation of messages with philosophical meanings and expression of true happiness and inner peace.

Look into the pictures closely, you may recognise yourself in some of them.

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Still more to come. Aren't you by my works?
Chinese-character design
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There is more than a semantic link between the illustration and the Chinese characters. The two are actually combined as one – the use of the artist’s lines supports her meaning; the very strokes convey her feeling toward, and the character of, the object. The two fusion of modern illustrations and Chinese calligraphy is definitely an expressive, exhibitionistic, exotic representation of the artist’s inner world.

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The first batch of hands framed Chinese New Year paintings are sold-out. Thank you for your support!

Courses & Workshops

Creating artwork with Janice Lai, Director of Arigatou Art Academy, a joy-filled space, is going to be fun, fruitful and inspirational. The gallery, located right next to Nam Cheong Westrail Station, and has restaurants and shops nearby, is easily accessible.

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Janice has over 15 years of experience in art creation and 10 years of experience as an English teacher in secondary education. She offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced art courses and workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in learning about digital painting, or simply want to enjoy a creative, peaceful, relaxing afternoon on your own or with your friends, these classes are for you.

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Currently, we’re offering 6 different art workshops. For more information,  please refer to the introduction below, or you may send an email to [email protected] or contact us on 852-6102-3907.

Digital Painting Course


This course is an introduction to digital painting and color composition for illustration, graphic design and animation. Students will enjoy the process of deconstructing and reproducing master works, while at the same time putting all essential photoshop skills into practice.
Course work will cover colour theory and the use of brushes & textures in Photoshop (including maximising the use of layers, creating images of characters, or photo overlays in Photoshop).


  • English / Chinese Medium
  • Photoshop & Drawing techniques
  • 6 sessions in total

Digital Chinese Painting Course


This course is an extension of the ‘Digital Painting Course’. Having acquired the essential skills in digital painting, students will take a step further, creating Chinese wash painting digitally.
Course work will cover Chinese painting characteristics, Chinese calligraphy features, and the use of brushes in Photoshop for the creation of unique, modern traditional Chinese-style artwork.


  • English / Chinese Medium
  • Photoshop & Chinese Painting techniques
  • 8 sessions in total

Digital Chinese character design Course


Chinese calligraphy is closely related to Chinese painting. It’s highly artistic, distinctive and stylistic.
From the characteristic Chinese brush to the sophisticated brush and stoke techniques, Chinese calligraphy is considered as a unique form of Chinese art.
This course will introduce the features of Chinese brush, composition and space of Chinese character formation, as well as the use of brushes in Photoshop for the creation of Chinese characters.


  • English / Chinese Medium
  • Photoshop & Chinese calligraphy techniques
  • 8 sessions in total

DIY 3D Picture Frame Workshop


In this workshop, you are going to learn how to create your own 3D picture frame. Assembling pieces of artwork, fragments of beautiful objects, or actually anything that carries your precious memories in glass-boxed frames, you’ll eventually produce a unique, tasteful, beautiful 3D picture frame.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • one 3-hour session

DIY Lip Balm Workshop


From simple ingredients, you can make luxurious lip balm and Janice will walk you through the process.
Each student goes home with two homemade lip balms (with fragrance of their choice) and the recipe.
Simple, safe and sweet, it’s definitely a perfect gift for your beloved family and friends!


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • one 1-hour session

DIY Felting Toy Workshop


You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create a cute, artful doll (or any cartoon characters you like) with needle and dry felting techniques.
In this fun, relaxing workshop you will learn how to design and create an art doll that is sure to become a family heirloom and a conversation piece in your home.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • one 3-hour session

DIY Rubber Stamp Workshop


In this workshop, you are going to learn how to create your own 3D picture frame. Designing your own pattern, character, or logo, you’ll eventually produce a unique, handcrafted rubber stamp.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • one 3-hour session

DIY Felting Accessories Workshop


This is an extension of ‘DIY felting toy workshop’. In this workshop, you are going to produce elegant, warm, and special felting necklace which goes well with most styles of outfits.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Basic knowledge of needle felting required
  • one 3-hour session

Watercolour painting course (For beginners)


Watercolour is the perfect medium for drawing flowers. If you are interested in learning watercolour painting, this course is for you.
By the end of the course, you will be able to draw a variety of garden flowers.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • four 2-hour sessions

Chinese calligraphy course


Chinese calligraphy is one of the most prevalent visual art forms in China. Chinese characters convey more than phonetic sounds or semantic meanings; whilst Chinese calligraphy is not only characters denoting specific meanings, but its very form reveals itself to be a manifestation of the energy and vitality of the human body.
By the end of the course, you will learn the basics of Chinese calligraphy.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • Six 1-hour sessions

DIY Metal frame pouch Workshop


A very fun workshop. From designing, choosing & cutting cloth, to sewing and shaping, the entire process is challenging but totally manageable. I’ve been making these pouches for my family and friends. You can do the same. Come and join us!


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • one 3-hour session

Photoshop painting course (for beginners)


Digital painting is not as difficult as it seems. Everyone can do it.
In this course, you will learn all the skills you need to start painting digitally.


  • English / Chinese medium
  • Beginners welcome
  • four 2-hour sessions
Products

A picture is not just a picture. It also enhances your life – remind you of a special moment or someone; or it might make your room more special. It’s personal to you, your family and loved ones. That’s why Arigatou produces these unique hand-framed artworks.

Each and every one of our pictures are designed and hand-crafted in Hong Kong. We only use the highest grade materials. We have a wide range of unique designs but we can bespoke anything you like or help you create something special to you.

Chinese-style graphic design



  • Different sizes
  • Different frames (hand-framed)
  • High quality art paper

Chinese character design



  • Different sizes
  • Different frames (hand-framed)
  • High quality art paper

Educational-product design



  • Teacher’s Stamps & Stickers
  • Educational word cards
  • Any other products you can think of!
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Learning English with Arigatou 🙂
spot the mistakes
Mistakes:
(1) belive -> believe
(2) stand -> standing
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what do you suggest?
Possible answers:
(1) Sleep
(2) Read
(3) Play
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Confused words no longer confuse us
Dual:
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About the artist

Janice Lai (B.SSC, M.A.)
Illustrator

Janice is a talented and all-rounded person. She is a dedicated educator, textbook writer, and illustrator. The diversity of work provides her with chances to make friends with people from all walks of life, which she really enjoys. She is a very nice and understanding person you would want to spend a comfy evening with.

Janice is also a keen reader. Her favourite author is Paulo Coelho, who reckons the power of love and determination. This echoes with Janice’s views, for she also emphasises living lovingly, consciously and purposefully. In fact, she has also come up with a few life principles for herself.
Be thankful. The positive energy inside you will open your eyes wider and bring you further.
Be humble. Trust me you can always learn something from everyone and everything you meet.
Be ready and bold. Stay alert when you are overcoming challenges. What’s left is timing. When the chance comes, seize it.
With her Bachelor degree in Psychology and Master degree in Language Studies, she knows very well about the art of expressing and perceiving emotions.Her love, interests and passion in life can be shown in her artwork. Perhaps one of the best known creation from Janice is the character Arigatou, which is a cute, lovely hedgehog. Products of Arigatou & Friends have been sold worldwide and are loved by fans around the world.