We’re always happy to see school groups – talk to us beforehand and we can tailor your visit to suit your needs.

PRIMARY | Exhibition Guided Visit

Our educators introduce your class to craft, developing their understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Pupils are encouraged to share their own personal responses, joining in a discussion on the ideas, processes and the artist’s creative approaches to their craft. Guided Visit takes 35-40 minutes and can be complemented with Young Makers Discovery Activity. BOOK NOW

PRIMARY | Exhibition Guided Visit + Young Makers Discovery Activity

Following their guided exhibition visit, primary pupils can explore with our Young Makers Discovery Activity, becoming visual detectives investigating the exhibition, their search bringing them on a trail of illustrations, patterns, shapes and textures. This explorer resource is a fun self-guided activity that encourages students to look closer, examining visual design around them. Guided Visit with Young Makers Discovery Activity takes approx 60 minutes. BOOK NOW

SECONDARY | Exhibition Guided Visit

Our educators introduce your class to craft, nurturing their sensitivity and developing their understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Led by our experienced and energetic education facilitators, this tour is pitched to suit your class group. It is particularly suitable for students of Art, Craft & Design, but equally would be interesting for Transition Year students. Tour takes approx 40 minutes and can be followed by a session sketching from the exhibition (further 20-30 minutes). BOOK NOW

SECONDARY | Leaving Certificate Gallery Question

For Senior Cycle Art, Craft & Design classes, we facilitate investigative and exploratory exhibition visits with a specific focus on the Leaving Certificate Gallery Question (LCGQ). During your visit our education team will help you cover the key points involved when approaching this question, getting students thinking about some of the interesting works, the key exhibition themes, curation, exhibition design, use of lighting and contextual programme. Before your visit download a free education kit for Senior Cycle students here: Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation at the National Craft Gallery. Tour and exploration activity together take 90 minutes. BOOK NOW

THIRD LEVEL | In-depth Exhibition Visits

Students groups from Art, Craft and Design courses are invited to book a gallery visit with a full introduction to our current exhibition  BOOK NOW

Resources for schools

To access a wide range of free online craft education resources and supports for schools, visit Family Activities, set up by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland's Education Department to offer inspiring and accessible ideas for teachers and students.

The Design & Crafts Council Ireland have developed Craft Lesson Plans which are designed to support the learning that has begun in the National Design & Craft Gallery during your visit. Download easy to follow lesson plans to support the VA curriculium on Weaving, Wire Sculpture and Printing. Download Primary level lesson plans

Gallery Tours

A visit to the National Design & Craft Gallery will provide your class with an enjoyable and inspirational way of learning more about art, craft and design. All ages are welcome to book our free school tours, from Primary to Third-Level; we tailor each gallery visit to suit your classes' age and ability. We are delighted welcome groups from Primary, Secondary, Third Level and Adult Ed. Our educators will introduce your students to design and craft through a tailored exhibition talking-tour. Book a tour for your class here.

The Butler Gallery is five minutes walk from the National Design & Craft Gallery, allowing you to pack a lot of cultural activity into your visit!

Science Week Schools Programme

FABLAB Manorhamilton
Digital Fabrication Demonstrations

Learn about digital fabrication with demonstrations by FABLAB Manorhamilton and a workshop on laser cutting and 3D printing. Book a tour for your class here.