SJA4Ts April 2020

Social Justice Art for Teens – April 2021

Where the Incinerator Gallery comes to you

Our artist educator Francine Sculli invites you to join along with these creative activities from the comfort of your own home. Please take a photo of your artworks, share your favourite social justice artist and artworks or ask your questions.

Join Incinerator Social Justice Art for Teens group on Facebook for inspiration and get connected with other young artists wanting to express their views. Use your art to raise awareness and make a difference.

Use the hashtag #IncineratorGallery so everyone can share and support each other, just as we do during the program at Incinerator Gallery.


April’s Social Justice Art video zooms in on the Studio Habit of Mind ‘Express’ and delves into one of the most important through lines of being a social justice artist – being able to express a strong message, tell a story and evoke feelings and emotions in works of social justice art.

Explore how to narrow down a big topic into a small moment and message, analyse art works to unpack how other social justice artists tell stories and express messages in your artworks. Delve into the world of symbols and how objects can be utilised to tell a story through our artworks. Experiment with capturing human emotion and experience in the impact of social injustices and draw your way through some visual diary prompts.

By the end of the video, we hope you will have a stronger understanding of the Studio Habit of Mind ‘Express’, the importance it holds for artists of all kinds, in particular social justice artists, and feel confident to express and convey strong messages in your own social justice art works! 

You will need:

  • visual diary or drawing paper
  • drawing materials – pencils, fineliners, rubber or eraser
  • colouring materials of your choice – for example, pencils, felt tipped pens, crayons
  • found objects from home
  • camera or smartphone
  • an inspiring social justice artwork

Download the printable planning sheets

Video image credits

Activity 2

Luke Jerram, ‘Invisible Homeless’, 2015 in collaboration with Bristol Homeless Charity – 1625 Independent People

Activity 3

Gregg Segal, Tammy and Trevor: Seven Days of Garbage Series, 2014 (L)

Gregg Segal, Cass: Seven Days of Garbage Series, 2014 (R)

Gregg Segal, Nathalia Rodriguez: Undaily Bread Series, 2020 (L)

Gregg Segal, Yosiahanny and Daughter: Undaily Bread Series, 2020 (R)

Gregg Segal, Meissa Ndiaye: Daily Bread Series, 2017 (L)

Gregg Segal, Kawakanih Yawalapiti: Daily Bread Series, 2018 (R)

Gregg Segal arranges food for a portrait on set for a Daily Bread shoot in Nice, France in August 2017.

Activity 4

Artworks by various Incinerator Social Justice Art for Teens participants and Sunshine Heights PS students