1st Edition

The Colors of Life Exploring Life Experience Through Color and Emotion

By Marcia Brennan Copyright 2025
    156 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    The Colors of Life engages the strategies of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to explore life experience through emotion and color. For high-potential readers at the middle school level, the book’s humanistic and emotional themes provide valuable complements to the education of STEM-oriented learners.

    The book presents color as a vehicle of knowledge and empowerment to foster mindfulness, wisdom, and creative expression in young people. Featuring more than fifty original illustrations, the book’s core concepts are reinforced through complementary expressions of language and imagery.

    With an accompanying Guide for Teachers and Parents, the book can be accessed individually by independent readers, or it can be used as a teacher-led initiative with creative exercises to be implemented in the classroom.

    1. The School of Red: Passion, Strength, Vitality, Responsibility, and Resilience  2. The School of Orange: Creativity, Empathy, Sensitivity, Emotional Expression, and Communication  3. The School of Yellow: Self-Respect, Autonomy, Ethics, Innocence, and Vulnerability  4. The School of Green: Attunement to Living Systems and the Natural World  5. The School of Blue: Exploring Your Depths, Extending Your Heights, Expanding Your Power  6. The School of Indigo: Shadows, Doublings, Dreams, Fairy Tales, and the Subconscious  7. The School of Violet: Growth and Change, Transformation and Manifestation  8. The School of Silver: The Visionary Qualities of Alchemy and Reflection  9. The School of Gold: Reimagining Values, Treasures, and Transitions  10. The School of Pink: Compassion, Care, Generosity, and the Superpower of a Loving Heart  11. The School of Black and White: Bending Light, Flicking the Switch, and Seeing Multiple Perspectives at Once  12. Putting the Pieces Together to Build a House Made Out of Color


    Marcia Brennan, Ph.D. is a career educator and an award-winning teacher and author. She is the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Humanities at Rice University and the author of ten scholarly monographs and exhibition catalogues. Since 2009, she has served as Artist In Residence in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.