A school tour of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.
© National Gallery of Ireland. Credit

Tours & Workshops for Schools

We offer free school tours to all pre-primary, primary, post-primary and additional-needs pupils and teachers.

 

General Tours

Available on a year-round basis, these tours explore the national collection and temporary exhibitions, and can be tailored to the needs of your group and your learning objectives. 

See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions here

Suitable for: All ages and levels
Duration: 50 mins
Cost: Free  

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

A school tour of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.
Photo of two teenage boys sitting on the floor drawing

 

Specialised Tours

This autumn we are offering a selection of free interactive and immersive tours:

Sensory Tour of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (10 August – 3 November 2019)

This specially-designed tour brings the work of Joaquín Sorolla to life, by introducing touch, sound and scent to create a multi-sensory, immersive experience. Students’ learning is enhanced as they explore the beaches, gardens and people of Sorolla’s Spain. Born in Valencia, Sorolla (1863-1923) excelled as a portrait and landscape painter and is most closely associated with monumental paintings of the beaches of Valencia.

Suitable for: Primary (Junior Infants – 6th class)
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: Free 
Teachers' Notes: Download notes here [PDF]

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

 

Interactive Tour: Explore, Experience, Experiment with Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios (20 July – 1 December 2019)

These interactive tours will take students on a guided exploration of our Bauhaus 100 exhibition, using Bauhaus-inspired drawing exercises to experiment with colour and form.

This exhibition, organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, features Bauhaus prints borrowed from the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart. The motto of the Bauhaus was to ‘Rethink the World’ through art and design. The prints in this centenary exhibition, printed between 1922 and 1924 at the State Bauhaus in Weimar, explore the visionary European artists associated with the Bauhaus and provide an insight into the much larger Bauhaus phenomenon.

Suitable for: Primary (Junior Infants – 6th class) and Post-Primary (1st Year – 6th Year)
Duration: 90 mins
Cost: Free 
Teachers' Notes: Download notes here [PDF] 

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

 

Photo of a young girl sitting on the floor in a gallery and drawing.
Two visitors drawing in the National Gallery of Ireland

Sketching Tour

Look deeper into the national collection on this engaging tour led by an artist from our guide panel. Learn about the history of the paintings and use sketching to observe and respond to details and techniques. This tour will aid Leaving Certificate students with the sketching component of their History of Art and Appreciation exam, but can also be adapted for different levels and ages.

Suitable for: Post-Primary (5th – 6th Year)
Duration: 
120 mins
Cost: Free
Teachers' Notes: Available to download soon 

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Available from November 2019. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

 

Understanding an Exhibition Tour

Explore how galleries present and interpret art, and the many elements that go into creating an exhibition. This is a specialised tour focusing on the Leaving Certificate exhibition question. Bring sketchbooks and drawing materials. 

Suitable for: Post-Primary (5th – 6th Year)
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: Free 
Teachers' Notes: Available to download soon 

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

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