Join us on Saturday 16 May 2020 for National Drawing Day!
Every year, the Gallery—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing with a jam-packed day of free events for people of all ages. This year we celebrate a Drawing Day like no other, and we're excited!
Share your drawings with us!
Explore all the different possibilities of drawing from the comfort of your home or garden. Scroll down for some fun activity ideas for all ages, and check out our nationwide partners' websites and social media pages for more inspiration!
Tag your own creations with #NationalDrawingDay
We are very excited to have dozens of partners on board again this year!
All of these wonderful museums, galleries, arts centres, organisations and artists have created video tutorials, activities, talks and workshops for you to enjoy at any time.
Click on any of the links below to start exploring:
Butler Gallery, Kilkenny / Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry / The Chester Beatty Library / Crawford Art Gallery, Cork / Creative Spark, Louth / The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon / Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane / F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge / Fermanagh County Museum / Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford / Glebe House and Gallery, Letterkenny / Glór, Ennis / Glucksman, Cork / Kerry County Museum, Tralee / Lismore Castle Arts / Little Museum of Dublin / The Luan Gallery, Athlone / Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid, Ballymena / National Design & Craft Gallery / National Library of Ireland / National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks / National Museums NI, Ulster Museum / National Print Museum / Natural History Museum / Northern Ireland War Memorial / Presentation Arts Centre, Wexford / Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin / Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare / Science Gallery, Dublin / Solstice Arts Centre, Navan / Temple Bar Gallery + Studios / Tin Jug Studio, Birr / United Arts Club / West Cork Arts Centre / Wexford Arts Centre
Create a collage and crayon drawing inspired by Gerard Dillon and
Develop your observational skills and explore spatial relations,
Exploring some drawings in the collection.
Download and colour in some works from the national collection
Follow along to create your own camera obscura!
Follow along with an easy step-by-step video!
Discover the potential of portraiture!
Why not use artistic licence to reimagine a work from the Gallery
An activity for children inspired by Edward Murphy's painting.
Activities for children who seek sensory input
National Drawing Day is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
National Drawing Day is the National Gallery of Ireland’s contribution to ICOM’s International Museum Day.