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.

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 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Resources for primary schools

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

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