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:

We offer free school tours of the national collection and special exhibitions to all pre-primary, primary, post-primary and additional-needs pupils and their teachers on a year-round basis. Tours can be tailored to the needs of your group and your learning objectives. Tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.
Please contact Kate Drinane for all school tour queries \ T: 01 6633510 E: [email protected]


We are currently developing a bespoke suite of hands-on practical workshops for primary and post-primary students. Our new schools programme will be launched in Autumn 2018. For updates, please sign up for our Teachers and Schools email newsletter.


We create free downloadable resources for our special exhibitions. We are developing further resources for the national collection that will be available from autumn 2018.

Leaving Certificate resource pack \ Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
This resource pack contains contextual information about the exhibition and suggested activities for students to complete before, during and after their visit. It is intended to assist students preparing for the gallery question of the Leaving Certificate Art History and Appreciation exam and does not replace a visit to the exhibition.
Download the resource pack here


Transition Year work experience
We run an exciting work experience programme for Transition Year students. In this week-long programme, students go behind the scenes at the Gallery and learn about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience. Working as a team, they develop a ‘live project’ to create an event for young people that will run at the Gallery. TY placements at the Gallery are very popular and places are extremely limited. In 2018-19 we will take two cohorts of students in December and April. Applications will open in September 2018.

Read more about the TY work experience application process and dates

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Teacher CPD
We work with all teachers—NQTs, 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.

Art in the National Gallery: Making and Appreciation Skills  
Monday 2 July-Friday 6 July 2018

This CPD course offers a unique opportunity for educators to expand their artistic skill set in a national cultural institution. Teachers Claire Hall and Sinéad Hall will lead a series of presentations, practical workshops and gallery visits.
Read more about this course and how to book 

Read more about this course and how to book


Special projects
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.


Keep in touch
Contact Catherine O’Donnell T: 01 6633579 E: [email protected]

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