Welcome to the first unit of SAQA Seminar: Visual 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.
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.
Resources and other inspiring links
A simple visual representation of Design Basics and Design Elements.
Great article highlighting the 10 basic elements of design including great graphics and links to additional resources. The article leans toward graphic design applications, but could be insightful for artists as well.
John Lovett offers a comprehensive Design Overview - click through on the element titles to view more details.
From the SAQA Journal archives, here's a great article by Brett Barker on Demystifying Composition (Part 1).
Of all the elements of design, color may be the most obvious. The Munsell color system is a fascinating way to understand the three properties of color : hue, value, and chroma.
Learn more about how artist Elizabeth Murray used bold colors and shapes in her artwork in this snippet from PBS's American Masters. The full film is available for streaming (US audiences only).
Creating texture and pattern with stitch from TextileArtist.org including beautiful detail images from several artists.
Here’s a play list of seven short videos produced by KQED Art School about each of the Elements of Art.
While mostly geared to other mediums, the Virtual Instructor does a great job of explaining design fundamentals. If you are interested in delving deeper into their resources, they do offer a $1 trial.
Artists whose work focuses on the Elements of Design