Pass­ing along her pas­sion for paint­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Pa­tri­cia Win says it’s the beauty of na­ture, with its ar­ray of colours and tex­tures, that inspires her.

The artist is pas­sion­ate about art and is host­ing cour­ses where she can pass on her pas­sion in a home-based class­room en­vi­ron­ment.

Orig­i­nally from Matamata, Win moved away from the area some years ago and has re­cently re­turned.

She moved back to the area from Katikati, where she had been teach­ing art from her home. Now, she is keen to pass on her knowl­edge to the Matamata com­mu­nity.

The begin­ners course, with spa­ces for eight stu­dents, runs for 17-weeks. There are sub­se­quent 20-week cour­ses avail­able cov­er­ing wildlife, land­scapes, por­traits, seascapes and flow­ers. Each stage ad­vances in dif­fi­culty. Win says she loves art and is equally as pas­sion­ate about teach­ing.

Many of her past stu­dents had never had an in­tro­duc­tion to paint­ing other than a keen cu­rios­ity and it’s this cu­rios­ity that she loves to nur­ture.

‘‘I en­joy teach­ing and pass­ing on what­ever the skill is. I am de­tail-minded and there is a spe­cific style of teach­ing that comes with re­al­is­tic style paint­ing.

‘‘A lot (of stu­dents) show real skill, some right from the begin­ning, oth­ers have dif­fi­culty for some time and sud­denly they just take off. I love to see that, I love to see the suc­cess of the stu­dents.

‘‘Af­ter three years when we have cov­ered ev­ery dif­fer­ent type of sub­ject, it’s neat for me to see them at the stage where they don’t need me any­more, they can cri­tique them­selves and they know what they have done wrong and how to put it right.’’

Some of her past stu­dents have moved on to sell their work in ex­hi­bi­tions, which Pa­tri­cia says al­ways gives her such a great feel­ing.

The course be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 27, with one three hour class per week. Peo­ple need to reg­is­ter by Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at the lat­est. Con­tact Pa­tri­cia on 888 8785.

REXINE HAWES

Pa­tri­cia Win is hold­ing a beginner’s art course in Matamata.

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