Resources for schools

Selection of art books. © National Gallery of Ireland
© National Gallery of IrelandCredit

Resources for current exhibitions

Visitors enjoying a sketching tour in the National Gallery of Ireland as part of National Drawing Day 2018.

Understanding an Exhibition

A resource pack for students preparing for the gallery question of the Leaving Certificate Art History and Appreciation Exam.

Download resource pack here [PDF]

A photograph on paper. The head of a young girl is clearly visible, as though reflected in a square of mirror - on one side of her head her hair is pinned up in a ponytail, on the other side it is loose to her shoulders. One of her eyes has black markings under it. She is surrounded by abstract patterns - we can see her shirt faintly, as though reflected through a window. Out of focus beneath her face we see three brass fittings, like the fixtures of a bath.

What is a portrait?

This schools resource has been designed as both an introduction to portraiture and an in-depth exploration of key works in the National Portrait Collection. We also hope it will inspire students to enter the Zurich Young Portrait Prize in 2020.

Suitable for primary and post-primary.

Download resource here [PDF, 2MB]


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Exploring the Renaissance


Resources for past exhibitions

Stylised print of a human head against a rust-red background

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

20 July – 1 December 2019

Teachers' notes to prepare students for the interactive tour of our Bauhaus 100 exhibition, using Bauhaus-inspired drawing exercises to experiment with colour and form.

Download the teachers' notes here [PDF]

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), Sewing the Sail, 1896. 2019 © Photo Archive – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

10 August - 3 November 2019

Notes to prepare primary-school students for the sensory tour of our Sorolla exhibition, which brings the work of Sorolla to life by introducing touch, sound and scent to create a multi-sensory, immersive experience.

Download the teachers' notes here [PDF]

Painting of a castle ruin on a grassy hill, against a pale cloudy sky.

Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art

13 April - 7 July 2019

A resource for primary schools designed to be used in the classroom. Imaginative activities incorporating geography, history, science, art and english.

Download resource here [PDF, 2.5MB]

Canaletto, The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day (detail), c.1733-4, oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust / ©  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.

Canaletto and the Art of Venice

5 December 2018 - 24 March 2019

Leaving Certificate resource pack for students.

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A drawing of a WWI tank by Muirhead Bone, reproduced in the 1917 book 'War drawings from the collection presented to the British Museum by His Majesty's Government ', 1917.

Perspectives: World War I stories from the National Gallery of Ireland

10 November 2018 – 1 February 2019

A workshop to introduce students to the story of art during World War I, and the wartime sketchbooks of Italian artist Bice Visconti.

Download Teachers' Notes for this WWI workshop

Roderic O'Conor, 'The Farm at Lezaven, Finistère', 1894

Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven

18 July - 29 October 2018

Contextual information and suggested activities for students:

Emil Nolde (1867-1956), 'Rain over a Marsh'. © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Photo © NGI.

Emil Nolde: Colour is Life 

14 February - 10 June 2018

Leaving Certificate resource pack:

Download the Nolde resource here