African Art Lesson
Artists in African tribes held positions of
honor in their tribal groups. Often
long apprenticeships were required to obtain the role of an artist in a society. Art produced by an artist often had to be evaluated by elders of the
tribe. The art had to conform to
certain characteristics of art works already produced by the tribe. If the new art did not conform closely enough to the established patterns,
it would not be accepted by the elders. Because
of this approval process in many cultures, many pieces of African Art can be
identified with its culture of origin.
Subjects of African Art come in a wide
variety because of the wide variety of cultures that produce them. According to Africanguide.com some
common themes in African art include a couple, a woman and child, a male with a weapon
or animal and outsider or stranger.