Color Conscious, Color and Consciousness… What’s your (child’s) favorite color?


“Is this a museum or a school?”

I have always wondered why even as young child I have been drawn to the color purple. Oddly, as a youngster in the church I waited in great anticipation for the Lenten season, not for theological reasons (for which I had a Sunday school level understanding of the season) but because the altar, the clergy and the interior of the church would be draped and decorated in purple. (And don’t tell my wonderful childhood Sunday school teachers this; but I must admit that as an adult I have always found any woman who is dressed in purple, more attractive! :-)
But thinking seriously and deeply about the color (not the movie) purple, and how I respond to its presence. But also thinking about colors in general. And wondering what implications do “colors” have and hold for pedagogy? Can we learn more efficiently through our “inclination” color? What are the effects of schools being drowned in drab/greyish “intuitional colors”, are we hindering learning and creativity? Delaying the emergence of creative artistic talent in the artistically gifted students? And what of schools filled with “artless” (heartless?) walls? Could we expand the intellectual possibilities for students if we expand the presence of color in multiple frameworks? Does color have the ability to “speak” a special message to an individual student; and to groups of specific students? And how should we deal with the reality that color can work in the opposite way, by over stimulating and distracting certain types of students. And how should we deal with color in special/regular education inclusion-integrated classes? And is there some kind of kinship awareness for those who share a dominant color attraction? What is happening on the “inside”, based on the color “outside”? Perhaps, we need to add much more color to schools (through works of art?) in the same way we think about multiple intelligences(assess and discover a student’s color?); make sure that every day, that every student, and every staff person gets an opportunity to encounter their own color! Did the dominant school color of Science Skills Center, H.S. affect the collective consciousness of the students? Did the Art and Architecture of Phelps ACE, H.S. have the same unconscious effect on those students. I remember so well that once a middle school 8th grade group was touring Phelps; and in the Q & A period a student ask the question: “Is this a museum or a school?” An interesting, and authentically honest adolescent question. First, because it made me think that a museum is very much an informal (but essential) school. And maybe a school and museum should look like each other? But the young man’s question was important for another reason; I think it said so much about how students experience the “look” of a school, and then connect that look to a meaning, function and purpose!

From: What Does Your Favorite Color Say About You?

Purple is associated with spirituality, royalty, creativity and courage. Throughout the ages, royalty and religious leaders wore purple. Roman generals donned purple togas, and today military heroes are awarded the Purple Heart. People who love the color purple are empathic, intuitive, spiritual, strong and imaginative. Wearing purple helps us to go within and takes our meditative practice to a deeper level. Purple helps us feel more loving toward ourselves and others. Created from blue and red, purple is both calming and passionate as it helps us get in touch with our true purpose. If you’re struggling with opening your intuition or bringing your yoga or meditative practice to the next level, try wearing purple. If you love this color best, you won’t be happy working a 9 – 5 job for the paycheck. Your work must have meaning to you. At your heart, you are a humanitarian.