Thinking Art Making Art in Development and Human Rights Education

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Thinking Art Making Art explores the use of art in human rights and development education within a number of different settings. It explores the educational benefits of art and provides case studies of various art based methodologies from a decade of practice by 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, that can be readily used in development education and global citizenship education contexts and programmes.


  • Four case studies
  • Introduction
  • Seeing comes before words: human rights, human development and education – Colm Regan
  • Art and its significance – Bertrand Borg
  • Learning through art – John Johnston
  • Teaching history not hate
  • Why murals?
  • ‘feeling it on the skin’: making and exploring identity boxes
  • Art is an important tool for development – Stary Mwaba
  • Mapping personal human rights stories
  • Graphics, cartoons and seeing numbers
  • Teaching what I do and how to do it – Stary Mwaba
  • Red, yellow and blue – Cassandra Gibbs
  • Silence is consent

Product Details

Written By: John Johnston, Stary Mwaba and Colm Regan
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 42 pages
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World
ISBN: 9780-0-9554263-5-3
Publication City/Country: Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland