SAQA Seminar - Color

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Many will say that color is the most important element in art. So, as textile artists, do we really know what color is? How is it used? How is it different by medium, by culture? Why does color matter? 

The Education Committee has worked hard to put together a meaningful experience exploring color and many of its aspects. Please join us January 25 - March 14 as we start delving into color over 7 units (one per week). You can join anytime - all the information will be available online and you can review on your own time. Once registered, you will start receiving weekly emails each Monday and can participate in online Zoom conversations (scroll down for schedule).

The 2021 SAQA Seminar will be covering the subject of color. Humans are visual creatures. Since early in their development, they made color images on cave walls to describe their experience of living. 

In this seminar, we will explore the source of color; various color theories; what it means to work with color; the science of color; how artists use color; and the history, language, and culture of color through interviews, articles, and interactive exercises. We will also provide time for live discussions on the topic and how you might be incorporating the information into your work. A gallery will also accompany each unit. This is not a “how-to” seminar, but an exploration of concepts and the experience of color. SAQA Seminar is free but only available to members. 

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Questions? Contact us at info@saqa.com.

 


AVAILABLE UNITS

Introduction
Welcome to SAQA’s 2021 Seminar on Color. Through our introductory unit, we hope you will explore your current relationship to color.
Color Theory

Once colors were seen through a prism, scientists started to create color theories to assist in understanding color and its uses. Color theory and the use of the color wheel sounds like a topic we all recognize. But do you...

Working with Color
Artists work with color all the time. In this unit, we want to introduce methods of being intentional about using color.
Getting Technical with Color
Significant scientific work has been done to understand light and color. This includes the basic physical science of light and color, as well as the impact color has on the psychology of human beings. Here we explore both sciences to help understand our physical and psychological reaction to color.
Using Color

Artists in different media have used color in many ways, from vibrant primary color palettes to nuanced neutrals to striking black and white. In this unit, we will explore how various artists have used color throughout history. 

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Live Chat Schedule

Join Mary Louise Gerek, Coordinator for the 2021 Seminar, and talk with other participants about color and what you have discovered about your relationship to color. Note that Live Chats will not be recorded as they are just casual conversations and sharing among participants in smaller breakout rooms.

LIVE CHAT SCHEDULE

Friday, January 29: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, February 5: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, February 12: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, February 19: 12pm – 1pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, February 26: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Friday, March 5: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Tuesday, March 9: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5)
Thursday, March 11: 1pm – 2pm EST (GMT -5)

Zoom connection information for the Live Chats is included in your Monday SAQA Seminar emails. It will be the same link every week.

You can also find the Zoom links at the bottom of each Unit page (you will need to login to view these pages).

 

PLEASE NOTE

You will need to register separately for the webinar below. Once you register, you will receive a separate email confirmation that includes connection information for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded.

Webinar with Lori Weitzner: Thursday, March 4: 4pm – 5pm EST (GMT -5). Register for webinar now


 

All Units

Unit 1: Introduction
Participants will start learning the language of color as they explore their own relationship to color through a series of exercises.

Unit 2: Color Theory
Once colors were seen through a prism, scientists started to create color theories to assist in understanding color and its uses. Here we will explore traditional color theory and more modern developments in color theory.

Unit 3: Working with Color
Artists work with color all the time. How many times are the choices intentional? Or do you use a color combination because it “looks good?”  In this unit, we want to introduce methods of being intentional about using color. We will also touch on the emergence and impact of digital imagery.

Unit 4: Getting Technical About Color
Significant scientific work has been done to understand how light and color work.  This includes the basic physical science of light and color, as well as the impact color has on the psychology of human beings.  Here we explore both sciences to understand our physical and psychological reaction to color.

Unit 5: How Artists use Color
Artists in different media have used color in different ways, from starting with different primary colors to their uses of black and white. Here we will investigate how various artists have used color through history.

Unit 6: History, Language and Culture of Color
Color has impacted the history of art.  Different languages describe colors differently. For example, there is no word for green in the Inuit language as they did not experience it in the arctic. Here we will explore the impact of culture on the use of color.  We will also examine the impact the “color of the year” has on marketing in the United States through decorative arts.

Unit 7: Wrap Up
This seminar contains lots of information about color, its science, its impact, its use, and its context. The Wrap Up provides an opportunity to integrate what you have learned and share it with other participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do I have to be at my computer for SAQA Seminar?

SAQA Seminar content is delivered each Monday afternoon via email and will also be available online. So you can review everything on your own schedule, even if you join late.

Each unit will include a video, an article and/or exercise, a related gallery, and some resource links. We do encourage you to join us for our weekly Live Chat sessions where you can talk about each unit with other participants. Check the SAQA Seminar page for the full schedule. 

What is SAQA Seminar?

Launched in 2016, SAQA Seminar is an annual project offered through the Education Committee just for SAQA members. We wanted to provide members with opportunities to learn more about a particular topic, share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.

SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that will be released weekly over a 6 week period. It will include articles, resources, video conversations, and more. All the offerings are accessible online. (It’s not a traditional retreat, workshop, class or conference. It’s all virtual.)