SAQA Seminar - Visual Design

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This year's theme is all about VISUAL DESIGN and covers four topics: Elements of Design, Principles of Design, Design Processes, and Evaluation of Design.

Unit 1: Elements of Design
Get yourself familiar with the basic elements of design (form, shape, line, color, value, space and texture) and how they play a role in the design process. 

Unit 2: Principles of Design
Now find out how to organize elements in your artwork by using the principles of design (pattern, rhythm, proportion, balance, unity and emphasis).

Unit 3: Design Process
Let's put it all together and explore how elements and principles work together in the design process. Get a peek into the creative journeys of other artists.

Unit 4: Evaluation of Design
Once the design process is over, it's time to review the overall composition of the piece. Evaluate how everything fits together and make some final design choices.
 

Featured Content
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Participating artists in this MA/RI exhibition were asked to create an original artwork and document their design process.
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Michigan artist Beth Markel is a fifth generation quilter who believes that textile arts are a happy marriage of tactile and visual. Learn more about how she creates her bold and colorful quilts by using a variety of design concepts.
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Elena Stokes talks with Deborah Boschert about being inspired by line, texture and space. Elena's abstract and impressionist landscapes suggest open spaces and vast horizons. Her use of repurposed silk sari scraps enhances her work with color and texture.
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Deborah Bochert is the author of Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch. Learn more about how she creates her art quilt collages using fabric, paint, and stitching.
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The Pixeladies, Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, answer questions about their collaborative design process. Find out how they work together and how they see things similarly (and differently too).
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Jeanne Marklin spoke with Karen Schulz about how she begins a new composition. Karen has design suggestions that will help you develop and refine your design.
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Canadian artist Regina Marzlin shares the importance of using a design wall - find out how it helps her creative process!
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Margaret Abramshe is an art quilter with a background in teaching art to students of all ages. Margaret offers a great explanation of design concepts and shows how she uses them in her own artwork.
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Learn more about artist Judy Hooworth and her creative process. Judy has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas; her quilts have been featured in many books and magazines around the world, and she has written three books on quilt design.
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Jeanne Marklin interviews Carolyn Crump about how she uses design concepts to evaluate her artwork. A mixed-media artist with a background in graphic design, Carolyn's wonderful quilts have strong graphic qualities
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Working primarily in a series, Canadian artist Heather Dubreuil is known for her beautiful cityscapes and colorful collages. Heather shares with Deborah Boschert how she utilizes the principles of design as a framework in creating her artwork.
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Judy Coates Perez is an international award-winning mixed-media textile artist and author, who travels globally to teach and lecture about her creative process and sources of inspiration. Find out how she creates her beautiful artworks!
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How do you evaluate your own work? When asked to critique another artist’s work do you feel confident in the language you want to use? Check out these resources.
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There is so much to think about as we create our artwork - what colors to use, which shapes, placement of the shapes, size variation, space. Knowing more about the Elements gives us the necessary tools to improve our art and to analyze where things go wrong.
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Learn more about the principles of design - pattern, rhythm, proportion, contrast, movement, balance, unity and emphasis. Getting familiar with these key concepts will help with creating successful compositions.
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How do you begin a new artwork? Make drawings, use a sketchbook, improvise on the design wall? Do you have it all thought out before you start or just start and see where the design wants to take you? Our...

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Jill Kerttula shares several of her works with Deborah Boschert and talks frankly about some pieces that were less successful than others.
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Clara Nartey is an artist, a writer, and a curator whose passion is to help others reawaken their inner creativity. Learn more how Clara evaluates her artwork and the self-critique process.
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Heather Pregger gives us a peek into her comprehensive sketchbook and explains how she tracks her creative process with notes and photographs in this video conversation with Deborah Boschert.
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Hope Wilmarth is an award winning, internationally exhibited, art quilter who creates mostly abstract pieces. She shares how line and shape are important elements, especially when combined with a limited color palette.

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