- To become familiar with color meaning and associations;
- To use color knowledge so that students will make purposeful choices when using color
I learned a couple of interesting things about the color green during this project. For example, green has different associations in different parts of the world. I learned that in China, green is associated with beauty and virtue. In Aztec culture, the kings would wear green quetzal bird plumes in their hair, so the color became associated with royalty. In Japan, the color green is associated with eternal life. In many other cultures and religions it also has to do with life, regrowth, or balance. That’s probably became green is the color of healthy or new plant life. Green is also the official color of Ireland (probably because of shamrocks, which are one of Ireland’s symbols) and is also associated with Irish Catholics. As well as having religious associations, green also has some scientific ones. It’s been proven that green can help increase both reading ability and creativity. Wassily Kandinsky once said, “Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious.” Green is a peaceful, calm color that has many associations with new life.