Primary School Resources

School kids drawing at a workshop in the Gallery
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Downloadable resources

Click on the links below to download PDF resources suitable for primary school students.

 

Learning Through Art

Learning through art is at the heart of the National Gallery of Ireland’s primary school programme. Art helps us to understand the world and can be used in the classroom to engage with themes and subjects across the curriculum. Our series of Learning  Through Art resources are designed as practical toolkits to enable you to use artworks as primary sources and inspiration for  lessons in other core curriculum areas.

There are three resources in this series: History, Primary Language, and SPHE.

Each resource provides you with:

  • A PowerPoint slideshow for you and your class to read through
  • Images of a key artwork from the Gallery’s collection
  • Information about the painting and the artist
  • Looking and responding questions to ask your class
  • Discussion points
  • Curriculum-linked lessons based on the work
  • Worksheets to print out and use along with the lessons
  • A resource list of additional websites that you can use for further research and reading
  • Additional lesson ideas for other subjects

Learning Through Art: History

Download Learning Through Art: History PDF resource (PDF, <1MB)

Download Learning Through Art: History PPTX resource (PPTX, 4MB)

Download Learning Through Art: History worksheet (Word, 23KB)

 

Learning Through Art: Primary Language

Download Learning Through Art: Primary Language PDF resource (PDF, <1MB)

Download Learning Through Art: Primary Language PPTX resource (PPTX, 1MB)

Download Learning Through Art: Primary Language worksheet (Word, 36KB)

 

Learning Through Art: SPHE

Download Learning Through Art: SPHE PDF resource (PDF, <1MB)

Download Learning Through Art: SPHE PPTX resource (PPTX, 10MB)

Download Learning Through Art: SPHE worksheet (Word, 32KB)

 

Click here to download the Irish-language Learning Through Art resources

 

Art & Mindfulness: Powerscourt Waterfall

Created by teacher and Gallery tour guide Maria Broderick, this resource includes a step-by-step guide to incorporating mindfulness in the primary classroom, alongside an in-depth look at a painting of Powerscourt Waterfall, Co. Wicklow, by George Barret. It is provided as a PDF and an adaptable PowerPoint that you can use in the classroom, and is accompanied by a guided mindfulness video exploring the painting.

Download Art & Mindfulness PDF resource (PDF, 1MB)

Download Art & Mindfulness PPTX resource (PPTX, 5MB)

Watch Art & Mindfulness video 

Ealaín & Aireachas Ag Tacú le Folláine Páistí i mBunscoileanna. (PDF, 1MB)

Ealaín & Aireachas Ag Tacú le Folláine Páistí i mBunscoileanna. (PPTX, 2MB)

Ealaín & Aireachas: Eas Chúirt an Phaoraigh. Féach ar an bhfíseán anois

 

Medium, Materiality and Magic: Photography at the Gallery

Learn about the history of photography through Look and Respond questions, a glossary of key terms, research project ideas and creative activities.

Download English-language Photography at the Gallery PDF resource

Download Irish-language Photography at the Gallery PDF resource

 

What is a Portrait?

Learn about portraiture by examining 11 portraits in the Gallery's collection. Look and Respond questions and creative activities encourage discussion and engagement.

Download English-language What is a Portrait PDF resource

Download Irish-language What is a Portrait PDF resource

 

Landscapes in Irish Art

Designed to be used in the classroom, this resource takes key artworks as the starting point for imaginative workshops incorporating Geography, History, Science, Art and English.

Download English-language Landscapes in Irish Art PDF resource

Download Irish-language Landscapes in Irish Art PDF resource

Group of school children taking part in an interactive tour of the Sorolla exhibition

Resources cheat sheet

Resources for primary schools

Download this guide for teachers outlining all of our resources, plus some additional notes and activity ideas.

Download the resource cheat sheet PDF

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