This site contains many discussions and exercises that illustrate the symbolic and emotional content of color in graphic design and in Western art. Go through the exercises and see how you respond to the color images and contrasts. Do you think responses to color are universal or culturally patterned? Think of some examples to support your position. Then go to http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/color-symbolism-and-meanings-around-the-world. See what the resources on this website say about culture specific color symbolism.
In Canela society, adorning the body enhances appearance, signals changes in social identity, and expresses culturally prescribed moral values. The website http://anthropology.si.edu/naa/exhibits/canela/canela1.htm is from the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institution. Examine these photographs and discuss the gender and age symbolism of body enhancement practices. How do you think these practices compare with gender-specific forms of body enhancement in contemporary America?