The Argyll Collection was established for school and community use. This collection offers a range of perspectives on the African continent. These works of art let students learn about important artists, different locations on the African continent and different types of art-making. They can be used in a range of lessons and projects, from art to geography to history to story-telling.
Here are pilot learning resources, pitched for primary school-aged children. The resources, which provide introductory information, suggested talking points and activities, can be adapted and extended to suit classroom needs. They can also be adapted for older students. Additional learning Primary and Secondary resources can be found in ArtUK’s online repository for Louis Mbughuni, Samuel Ntiro and Henry Tayali.
Educators in Argyll and Bute can request specific works of art for their classrooms by contacting Madeleine Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Educators elsewhere can download high resolution images of all works of art here, and contact Kate Cowcher (email@example.com) for any further needs.
Please note: these images can reproduced for educational use within the classroom. They cannot be published without permission or reproduced for commercial use.
Artists / Artworks / Themes
Who: Tanzanian artist and ambassador
What: Chopping Wood, c. 1965 – painting depicting the place where he grew up, a Chagga community, near Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Themes / keywords: representations of home, rural themes, Mt. Kilimanjaro, painting and representation (realism / abstraction).
Who: Zambian artist
What: Title Unknown, c. 1971 – painting of a busy bar / café in urban Lusaka (Zambia’s capital).
Themes / keywords: life in African cities, group portraits, expressive use of colour, painting and representation (realism / abstraction), the fight for independence.
Who: Ugandan artist
What: Modest Wealth (Cattle), 1963 – print (etching) of Ankole cattle.
Themes / keywords: Ugandan agriculture, printmaking (etching), traditional Ugandan arts (barkcloth).
Who: Kenyan artist
What: Ostriches, 1966 – painting of two ostriches.
Themes / keywords: painting and texture (impasto), animals as symbols, representations of a nation (era of independence), self-taught artists.
Who: South African artist
What: Sangomas, 1975 – print (woodcut) of Zulu healers from a series about the play uMabatha (the Zulu Macbeth).
Themes / keywords: printmaking (woodcuts), Zulu history, art and storytelling, Apartheid.
Who: Ugandan artist
What: Youth, 1965 – print (Aquatint) depicting the artist reflecting on life in young adulthood.
Themes / keywords: printmaking (aquatint), portraiture and self-portraiture, symbols of Uganda, feelings and symbols.
Research for these resources was undertaken by Christina Cao and Lauren Kammerdiener, supported by the University of St Andrews Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme.