Colours of the North

Etinosa Yvonne

Learning Outcomes

To learn about the work of a contemporary African artist.

To explore ideas in the artist’s work.

To learn about the artist’s purposes and infer meanings from her work using formal and contextual analysis.

To create a piece of art which expresses ideas about culture.

Most of us decide immediately whether we like a piece of art or not.

But if we look at art more closely and learn about the intentions of the artist – and how to ‘read’, observe and analyse the work, we can understand its place in history, its hidden meanings and its cultural importance.

Looking at art more closely can also help to inspire your own creativity.

Before finding out anything about them, look at these photographs by Etinosa Yvonne from a project called Colours of the North.

What are your first reactions?

Write your responses to the following questions. And remember, there are no right or wrong answers.

  • What type of photographs are they – still life, documentary, landscapes, fashion, portraits, experimental, journalistic…?
  • Do you like them or not? Why?
  • Are there elements of the images that stand out to you?
  • Do the images make you think of anything?
  • Do they remind you of anything?
  • Do they make you feel anything?
  • Do they evoke a mood or atmosphere?
  • Do they raise questions for you?

Images © Etinosa Yvonne

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