SAQA Seminar - Color

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** SAQA Seminar 2021 is now over but everything is still online. Scroll down to view the available units.

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. 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.


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. 
History, Language, and Culture of Color
Color has cultural context. It’s had a significant impact on human history and the history of art, be it through availability, trade, design, or fashion. Cultures use language to describe color in a variety of ways; the emotional interpretation of color is also culture-dependent.
Wrapping up

Over the last six weeks, we have presented you with a great deal of information about color, its science, its impact, its use, and its context. This is an opportunity to integrate what you have learned and share it with...

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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.)