Teachers and schools programme

Our Teachers and Schools Programme is for children and educators attending or teaching in Pre-School, Primary, Post-Primary, Additional Needs Schools or other schooling systems. This programme links the National Gallery of Ireland and the national collection with the national curriculum in order to support structured learning and encourages learning through art. While art and art history is the core focus, this interdisciplinary programme connects with other subjects in order to inspire both teachers and students to view the national collection in new ways. As per the Arts in Education Charter (2012) we have a national remit to provide opportunity for all schools to engage with a national cultural institution and facilitate the development of visual literacy and visual thinking strategies. We place emphasis on dialogue, questioning and creativity to embolden children to look, respond and form opinions, and for teachers to extend activities which happen in the Gallery back to the classroom. A priority in the programme is for school children and their teachers to enjoy their interaction with the Gallery and the experience of learning through art.

Pencil Sketches Teachers and Schools Programme
Primary School Children Schools Programme

How we do it:

Operating onsite through tours, workshops, courses and our Transition Year work experience placements, offsite through one-off and long-term outreach activities, and online via digital resources, this highly accessible programme is designed to support teachers and pupils across the country. We offer free school tours to all pre-primary, primary, post-primary and additional-needs pupils and their teachers on a year-round basis. We also run tailored tours with practical workshops for these groups on core days as part of our bespoke exhibition programme and offer further tailored tours for additional-needs school visitors.

We work with all teachers, NQT’s Primary, Secondary (art and otherwise) and SEN and Resource teachers to encourage confidence and agency in using art as a tool for learning. To support this we collaborate with DES and Teaching Practitioners to run accredited CPD Courses, study days and conferences, and provide a wide variety of resources online.

As core artworks within the national collection feature on the national curriculum, we tailor our activities accordingly. We provide bespoke Leaving Certificate resources which are available both in Irish and English language, in addition to tours which facilitate drawing directly from a work of art as per the new Leaving Cert requirements. In supporting the new Junior Certificate Programme we collaborate with other institutions to create activities which connect art with other subjects and promote interdisciplinary learning.

Aside from curriculum-specific activities we work with a wide range of practitioners to develop projects promoting multiple approaches to engaging with art and museums through process-led activities encouraging imagination, creativity and open-ended outcomes.

Types of activities:

  • Tours
  • Tailored tours with workshops
  • Talks
  • Workshops
  • TY work experience placements
  • Interdisciplinary programmes connecting with other subjects and/or other institutions
  • Online resources: downloadable publications, exam specific resources, animations, videos and podcasts
  • CPDs for Primary and Secondary teachers
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Collaborative projects with other organisations (e.g. The Abbey, The Irish Film Institute, TCD Bridge 21 )
  • Portfolio sessions
  • Schools outreach – one-off workshops and talks, or long-term projects

Find out more

Contact Caoilte O' Mahony regarding our schools programme T: 01 6633579 E: [email protected]

Contact Kate Drinane for all school tour queries T: 01 6633510 E: [email protected]

Read more about the available tours and resources for our current exhibition Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art