Schools Programme

School students sit on floor in front of a large oil painting as a woman wearing a face mask speaks to them
Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2021Credit

We offer onsite and online experiences for schools including guided tours and online sessions. Schools can also arrange to visit the Gallery as a self-guided group. Read on for full details of what's on offer this autumn and winter.

Onsite

School Tour: Collection highlights (free)

Explore treasures of the national collection through engaging discussions with our expert guides on this free school tour. Focusing on dialogue, questioning, and creativity, this free tour will embolden students to look, respond, and form opinions. The tour will be tailored to the age and level of your group and is available in Irish, English or ISL.

Sketching Tour (€)

Take a deeper look at the national collection on this sketching tour with an artist from our guide panel. Use sketching to observe and respond to details and techniques. Your guide will select some key artworks to look at in depth on this tour. The tour will be tailored to the age and level of your group and is available in English.

War & Rebellion: Irish History Through Art tour (free)

Bring your class on this free tour exploring the artist’s role as political commentator and chronicler. As part of this your, you can explore the exhibitions Keating’s Allegories of Change, Estella Solomons: Still Moments, and Roller Skates & Ruins (from 15 October). Also, includes a visit to the Gallery's Library and Archives to see original material from the period. The tour will be tailored to the age and level of your group and is available in English.

These exhibitions are supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.

Inquiry-based School Tour focused on Turner: The Sun is God (free)

This tour uses an Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) pedagogical approach. IBL is collaborative, process-based and creative. It mirrors how artists and other creative professionals develop their practice. This tour will focus on our major exhibition Turner: The Sun is God. The tour is student-led, and our specially trained tour guides will support learners to explore key artworks in-person, focusing on the materiality of the paintings. The visit will be supported by a resource providing art historical context to J.M.W. Turner’s life and work, and with ideas to support a wider inquiry.

Online

Gallery in the Classroom (free)

Explore treasures of the national collection through engaging online discussions with one of our expert guides. Focusing on dialogue, questioning and creativity, the session will embolden students to look, respond and form opinions. The online session will be tailored to the age and level of your group and is available in Irish or English. You can choose from the following themes: Collection Highlights; Portraits; Irish Art; European Art.

Gallery in the Classroom focused on Turner: The Sun is God (free)

This online session uses an Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) pedagogical approach. IBL is collaborative, process-based and creative. It mirrors how artists and other creative professionals develop their practice. This session will focus on our major exhibition Turner: The Sun is God. This session is student-led, and our specially trained tour guides will support learners to explore key artworks from the exhibition. The session will be supported by a resource providing art historical context to J.M.W. Turner’s life and work, and with ideas to support a wider inquiry.

Self-guided visits

School groups can arrange self-guided visits to the Gallery and exhibitions.

Self-guided groups visiting the permanent collection and free exhibitions

  • Groups can visit the Gallery's permanent collection and free exhibitions for free, but must book a time slot for their visit
  • A group is 10-15 people (max.), plus 1 group leader
  • You can book a maximum of 3 groups per time slot i.e. 48 people divided into three groups of 15, each accompanied by a group leader
  • You must select a check-in point when booking: either the Merrion Square entrance, or the Clare Street entrance
  • When booking, if your preferred time slot is not available at one entrance, there may be availability at the other entrance, so make sure to check both
  • There is no time limit on your visit, but you must arrive at the time you have booked
  • Groups must be supervised at all times
  • Groups and group leaders should read our Gallery Code of Conduct and our Visitor Guide
  • BOOK GROUP VISIT ENTERING VIA MERRION SQUARE
  • BOOK GROUP VISIT ENTERING VIA CLARE STREET

Self-guided groups visiting ticketed exhibitions

  • Groups must book exhibition tickets to visit the Gallery’s ticketed exhibitions.
  • Our next ticketed exhibition is Turner: The Sun is God. Tickets available to book online soon.

Self-guided resources

Download or access our resources for schools online:

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