Symbolism is at the heart of effective visual representation and colour is an important aspect of making meaning.
Colour is a key element and the Colour in Motion interactive site reveals how colour is used to convey meaning. The “meaning” of colour can also be culturally-specific. Use this site to explain the different associations of colours in various societies. The Paint Cafe also has a section of the symbolism of different coloursand explains how “every colour carries images and symbols that are influenced by culture, history and circumstances”.
Take the colours red and yellow, for example: What do they mean? What meaning is attributed to other colours? How does does the symbolism of colour change from culture to culture, according to these sites? After you have explored these sites explain how colour can be used to represent different emotions. Post your answers below.