In a beautiful world . . .
school uniforms will change color with the seasons.

: The beginning of the school year requires that children adapt to new classrooms, curriculum, teachers and friends. It’s also a time for students to align with new goals and form new relationships to define and nurture those goals. Color can set the mood for a student to create a practical, down-to-earth and efficient plan for the year.

Yellow, beige and brown are the colors of the season, and each one helps a child feel secure—ready to seize opportunities and encourage others to do the same. A focused, friendly consideration for others develops, and acceptance of diversity becomes the norm. A child becomes a loyal, supportive, reliable and trusted friend. At ease with others, a child develops poise and diplomacy. The ability to listen, and offer recognition, is coupled with the ability to express one’s own opinions—safe and secure upon firm ground—easily and naturally learning that it is okay to explore and challenge differing ideas and perceptions.

This sincere expression of what is in a child’s heart and mind will be enhanced with a touch of the color white. A child will learn to think before speaking, and to clearly articulate what is useful, fair and appropriate. Add a small amount of red to yellow, beige, or brown, and friendships will light up with imagination, affection, generosity, humor and playfulness.

Black may seem a somber color for a school uniform, however there are excellent reasons to put it to use. Water, in many traditions, represents the source and depth of our knowledge. At its deepest, the ocean is black. Therefore, black represents the depth of our intellect—our wisdom and insight. The color carries weight, represents justice and encourages a serious look at the world and one’s studies.

With an added touch of red, courtesy and decorum appear naturally, for red represents reason and the ability to see clearly into the heart of another. The combination encourages children to interact with consideration and empathy. Red warms the winter months, and adds a sense of reason and clarity to what can be a dark, dreary, and emotional time.

Perhaps most importantly, black cannot be sullied. It remains forever itself despite a stain, spot or blemish. Wisdom, once attained, cannot be damaged or taken away. Our children are prepared for life, whatever comes.

Green, the vibrant color of spring, offers hope and engenders kindness, tranquility and compassion. Like a tree, green also provides roots and stability. The color links our children to the wisdom and power of the family. Like the voice of the father, green fosters courage, strength and benevolence. Cultivating these qualities, a child becomes flexible, receptive and open to change. Yet, able to articulate and remain true to one’s own ideas, a child is steadfast (yet supple), able to remain upright in times of trouble or controversy. Difficult times ask for an added touch of yellow. The color cultivates trust, and instead of division and conflict, students are encouraged to gather, to listen carefully to one another, and to cooperate.

As the school year draws to a close, the power and action of green encourage a child to participate in unique summer challenges with the curiosity and confidence of a true adventurer. At the same time, green grounds a child in the reality of duty and service to family and community. A child returns to school committed to seeing beyond the confines of the classroom.

As a touch of red is added, this intellectual reach will broaden. A child will soar, efforts will be rewarded, and school will become the perfect opportunity for an exciting, dramatic and extraordinary fusion of thoughts and ideas.

In a beautiful world, we will never underestimate the power of color. Let the experiment begin!

Katherine Metz
The Art of Placement