Studios of Life


The chapter Studios of Life: Outsider Art at School was written for the book Bridging the Creative Arts Therapies and Arts and Health, edited by Donna Betts and Val Huet.

The chapter featured the role of graffiti as part of the outdoor studio of a primary school located in Dublin, Ireland. The project was an opportunity to engage with the characteristics of young people’s everyday lives as citizens and cultural producers. The outdoor studio engages a child’s curiosity and their investigation of the world-at-large. The art of making in an outdoor studio nurtures the artistic life of the school and promotes pride of place opportunities for young learners within their communities. It is an art therapy approach influenced by creative health and local culture.