Society of Bluffton Artists Announces Spring Workshop Schedule


The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) and SOBA’s Center for Creative Arts has announced their Spring schedule of Art Workshops open to the community.  The workshops offer individuals the opportunity to learn a variety of art skills as taught by some of the region’s leading artists, and will provide attendees the opportunity to nurture, and foster, their love of art.
Each workshop will be held at the SOBA Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA Gallery at 8 Church Street in Bluffton.  All SOBA workshops are led by established artists, and include instruction and hands-on demonstrations.
SOBA workshops are open to the public and reservations must be made in advance for each workshop.  Click here to register or call 843-247-2868.
Following are the Spring Workshops at SOBA :

  • Elements of Design Leading to Abstract Painting, March 13 – 14, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm
    In this workshop a favorite local artist and instructor, Vickie Jourdan, will be incorporating non-objective directions in formulating designs in paintings. Students will select 3 elements and work on paintings using either canvas or watercolor paper. This approach to abstract painting will help students get started and teach some of the basic elements of design found in abstract art. Acrylic paints are recommended. Cost: $80/members; $90 /non-members
  • Foundation Painting, March 30 – April 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
    Accomplished figurative oil painter Daryl Urig will lead this four day workshop, with each day focusing on a different technique: Day 1 – placing focal point in the painting; Day 2 – color mixing by observation; Day 3 Design your painting – abstract representations; and Day 4 – Paint manipulation.  The workshops include hands-on instruction, demonstrations and more, and provide an opportunity to learn from one of the country’s top figurative oil painters.
    Daryl Urig honed his teaching as an adjunct Professor with the University of Cincinnati for over 10 years, where he created a 4-year program for the University of Cincinnati as its Academic Coordinator. He is author of three books, Plein Air Painting for Everyone, Painting Knife Explained and the just-released Tips for a Contemporary Painter, and is a contributing writer for Leisure Painter magazine. A graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he has painted all through his professional career and his work has hung in the Columbus Art Museum and Toledo Art Museum. He has won major awards all across the United States including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Portrait Society of America, and is represented by many galleries in the United States.   Cost: $140/members; $150 /non-members
  • Advanced Studio Painting, March 30 – April 2;  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    In addition to his Foundation Painting Workshop, award-winning American oil painter Daryl Urig will also lead this more advanced course which will explore painting and paint manipulation with Abstract Representations.  The class will consist of Open Studio with personal instruction and demos.  Cost: $140/members; $150 /non-members
  • Mixed Media Layers and Texture, April 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Local artist and instructor Anne Hakala will lead this fun and informative workshop teaching techniques on how to build up the surface, plus scraping, cutting, sanding,  spreading paint and collage.  Attendees will have the opportunity to start working on several pieces and build on them during the class.  Cost: $120/members; $140/non-members
  • Observational Drawing II, April 15 – 17; 9 a.m. – 12 noon
    Lind Hollingsworth, an artist who has 20 years of experience in teaching adults and children to draw, will lead this workshop that will focus on realistic drawings, which are born from close observation, technique and practice.  The class will focus on developing the skills of observation and the techniques of reproducing what we observe on paper.  The workshop will focus on drawing still life with a variety of forms and textures in pencil.  An accomplished painter who works in mixed media, Lind currently creates “relief paintings” and captures the character of the southeast through focusing on the juxtaposition of the fortitude of nature and human consumption.  She works to convey the essence of a place through depicting man-made structures, flora and fauna and memories that inhabit it. Cost: $90/members; $105/non-members
  • Pastel Painting, May 2, 9, 16;  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Local artist Peggy Duncan, whose work hangs in collections in the U.S. and abroad, will lead this workshop that is perfect for both students new to pastel or those ready for a refresher course. The workshop will feature demos and painting from still life and photos, as well as a discussion of surfaces, underpainting, types of pastels and framing techniques.  Cost: $90/members; $105/non-members

For more information about SOBA’s Center for Creative Arts and their Spring workshops, click here.