Ching to teach oil painting workshop (June 9-10)

Patrick Ching (Photo courtesy of Waimea Artists' Guild)


Waimea Artists’ Guild kicks off its Summer Session in June, with an inspiring class in Realistic Oil Painting instructed by renowned nature artist Patrick Ching.

The course begins with a free presentation and demonstration 6-8 p.m. June 8 at Thelma Parker Library

Two days of workshops follow June 9 and 10, each with two three-hour sessions 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

“Realistic oil painting may be learned quickly. It is not as complicated as you think,” Ching said. “Bring some photographs of things you’d like to paint; your pet, a place … picture selection is important. Try to keep it simple so you can finish or nearly finish a painting in one workshop.”

Ching has held a one-man art show at Gov. John Waihee’s office, designed Hawaii’s first Wildlife Conservation stamp featuring the Nene, and has been owner-operator of Naturally Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts in Waimanalo since 1996.

His murals have graced the walls of Kaiser Hospital, Salt Lake Public Library, Pope Elementary School and Sea Gull School in Kapolei. He is author of nine books and collectors of Ching’s work include the Smithsonian Institution and the Bishop Museum.

Ching’s summer classes on Oahu and Kauai sold out quickly, however space is still available for this opportunity for Big Island artists to work with such an accomplished professional.

WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community. A project of The Pantry 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.

The guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.”

Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists’ Guild, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.

For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289 or email

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