Secondary School Resources

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Downloadable resources

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

 

Jack B. Yeats: Visual Resource

This resource is a beautifully rich celebration of Jack B. Yeats’ life and work and is designed for visual learners. Created by artist and retired art teacher Bernie McGonagle, it explores the social environment of Yeats and traces his creative development and influences. Embedded in the resource is the link memory technique. Each panel is connected to the next using a variety of methods: visual similarity, colour, shape and idea association for easier recall. It is aimed primarily at Leaving Cert art students who are visual learners, however it can be used and enjoyed by other ages and levels.

Download the English-language Jack B. Yeats visual resource (PDF)

Download the Irish-language Jack B. Yeats visual resource (PDF)

 

Resource for self-guided visits to Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory

Jack B. Yeats preferred not to talk at length about his paintings or to provide explanations or meaning. Instead, as Thomas MacGreevy recalled, he wanted his audience ‘to contribute to the work of art in [their] own way’. This self-guided resource is designed for you to explore the exhibition in small groups and form your own interpretations of Yeats’s work. There are discussion questions and short tasks for each room.

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Mondrian Schools Resource

This resource is a beautifully rich celebration of Mondrian’s life and work and is designed for visual learners. Created by artist and retired art teacher Bernie McGonagle, it explores the social environment of Mondrian and traces his creative development and influences. Embedded in the resource is the link memory technique. Each panel is connected to the next using a variety of methods: visual similarity, colour, shape and idea association for easier recall. It is aimed primarily at Leaving Cert art students who are visual learners, however it can be used and enjoyed by other ages and levels.

Download the Mondrian PDF resource

 

Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored virtual exhibition

A Leaving Certificate resource pack exploring the virtual tour of Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored, and considering the advantages and disadvantages of virtual exhibitions.

Download the English-language Murillo PDF resource

Download the Irish-language Murillo PDF resource

 

Understanding an Exhibition

For students preparing for the gallery question of the Leaving Certificate Art History and Appreciation Exam.

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Download Irish-language Understanding an Exhibition PDF resource

 

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.

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Download Irish-language What is a Portrait PDF resource

Two teens drawing together at the Creative Schools event in the Gallery

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