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#1: No Poverty

What is poverty?
What is poverty and how can we learn about this goal through art?

Find out: Watch this clip to learn more about the causes of poverty.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What does the word poverty mean?

Can you translate the word into another language?

What causes people to live in poverty?

How does poverty affect people?

Understanding Goal 1: No Poverty (primary)

Graffiti Artists

Here are some contemporary artists whose work reflects poverty.

Graffiti Artist: Banksy (UK)

Art Game:

Bansky I want change.jpg

Graffiti & Coffee Artist:

Michael Aaron Williams (USA)

Artists: Painters

General pictures:

Search terms:

  • poverty paintings 

  • art poverty

  • artworks & the SDG's


Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Dutch Painter)


The Beggars (1568)

The Fight between Carnival & Lent (1559)


Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Dutch Painter)


The Beggars (1568)

The Fight between Carnival & Lent (1559)

Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch Painter)


The Potato Eaters, 1885


Books on SDG #1

Children in our world-Poverty & Hunger by Louise Spilsbury and Hanane Kai

On Our Street : Our First Talk About Poverty by Jilian Roberts, Jaime Casap

Art Idea: Printmaking

Make a lino or Styrofoam print showing a new design that represents

'No Poverty'.


Years 3& 4 Styrofoam: Styrofoam, sharp lead pencils, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, watercolour paper

Years 5 & 6 Lino: Lino or rubber blocks, lino cutting tools, printmaking ink (or acrylic paint), brayers (rollers), plastic boards, watercolour paper

Art Idea: Collage

Make a creative collage which shows what poverty looks like or might feel like.

Compare and contrast different ideas.

Think about the terms 'needs' and 'wants', they are not the same!


Art Idea:
Poster/ Infographic

Make a 'No Poverty' poster  or infographic showing the reasons why people are living in poverty or how we can all take action now to solve this problem.

You could make your poster by hand or by using an app such as Canva/ Pic Collage or use a computer program such as PowerPoint or a Google Slide.

You could also make a poster showing what poverty is NOT (think again about needs versus wants).

Symbols and signs are all around us.

What signs and symbols would best represent (show) poverty or

no poverty?

Taking Action

Here is a list of ideas from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #1.



Taking Action To End  Poverty by Rebecca Sjonger

Taking Action

Where do I start?


New Ideas & Resources

Coming soon!

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