Resources for Schools / Acmhainní do Scoileanna

A visitor using their phone. © National Gallery of Ireland.
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Discover a rich library of resources for students and teachers, exploring everything from the history of photography to how to approach the Leaving Cert gallery question. 

Faigh amach faoin méid acmhainní iontacha atá againn do mhic léinn agus do mhúinteoirí, ag iniúchadh gach rud ó stair na grianghrafadóireachta go cén chaoi le tabhairt faoi cheist an ghailearaí i scrúdú na hArdteistiméireachta.

If you're not sure where to start, or what might work best for you, take a look at our resources cheat sheet which lists everything we have and where to find them. Download the resource cheat sheet here [PDF]

Mura bhfuil tú cinnte cén áit le tosú, nó céard a oibríonn is fearr duitse , féach ar ár mbileog le nótaí éascaíochta a liostaíonn gach acmhainn a bhfuil againn agus cá bhfaighidh tú iad. Is féidir leat an bhileog le nótaí acmhainní a íoslódáil anseo [PDF]

Black and white vintage photograph of a long-haired women with head bowed and hands crossed across chest
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.
Meán Ábharthacht & Draíocht Grianghrafadóireacht i n Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann [PDF, 2MB] Oiriúnach don bhunscoil agus don iar-bhunscoil
Medium, Materiality and Magic: Photography at the Gallery [PDF, 2MB] Suitable for primary and post-primary
Tuiscint ar Thaispeántas [PDF, 800KB] Do mhic léinn atá ag ullmhú do cheist an ghailearaí i Scrúdú Stair na hEalaíne agus Léirthuiscint Ealaíne
Understanding an Exhibition [PDF, 800KB] For students preparing for the gallery question of the Leaving Certificate Art History and Appreciation Exam
Céard é Portráid? [PDF, 2MB] Oiriúnach don bhunscoil agus don iar-bhunscoil
What is a Portrait? [PDF, 2MB] Suitable for primary and post-primary
Tírdhreacha in Ealaín na hÉireann [PDF, 4MB] Acmhainn do bhunscoileanna
Landscapes in Irish Art [PDF, 4MB] A resource for primary schools

Videos & activities

A selection of step-by-step creative activities, art history animations, and more.

Watch this easy step by step guide!

Make a photogram


Resources for past exhibitions

Explore a range of material produced for a selection of past exhibitions.


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

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

20 July – 1 December 2019

Download the Bauhaus 100 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

Download the Sorolla 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

Download Shaping Ireland 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

Download Canaletto resource here

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

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

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

Emil Nolde: Colour is Life 

14 February - 10 June 2018

Download the Nolde resource here

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