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 encourage 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 opportunities 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.

Aside from curriculum-specific activities, we also 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, Education Officer: Teachers, Schools and Youth

E: [email protected]

T: 01 663 3579

To book a school tour or workshop, contact Kate Drinane, Tours Administrator 

E: [email protected]

T: 01 663 3510

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Primary School Children Schools Programme

Tours & workshops

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. 

Our exciting cross-curricular programme of hands-on practical workshops for primary and post-primary students is available to book now.

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]

Find out more about booking a guided tour for your class

Oil painting of a green Irish countryside of fields and hills.

Shaping Ireland for Schools

A rich programme of tours, workshops and resources to connect students with the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art.

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Zurich Young Portrait Prize

Enter our inclusive art competition for children and young people aged 0 to 18.

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