By Jake Scott | Posted: Thursday March 10, 2016

Mandarin has kicked off in Room 25. After 4 sessions we can meet and greet, count and are now learning colours through the art of traditional mask making. 

Over the centuries and many generations, artists refined the use of colours on Chinese masks. Today, colour continues to be used to indicate emotions or give clues about the identity of a character

Color Meanings

Red used on masks indicates a positive character. Red can also mean prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism. Red shows intelligence and bravery.

Purple is sometimes used as a substitute for red. In its own right, purple can represent justice and sophistication.

Black means that the character is neutral. Black also indicates impartiality and integrity.

Blue faces are also an indication of neutrality. In addition, blue can show stubbornness, astuteness and fierceness.

Green shows that the character is violent, impulsive and lacks restraint.

Yellow tells the audience that the character is cruel. Yellow can also mean evil, hypocritical, ambitious or sly.

White faces indicate that the character is evil and hypocritical.