Art Classes 2023

Unfortunately, at the moment all of our classes are subscribed to maximum capacity. If any places in the classes become available, they will be advertised on our mailing list and allocated on a first come first serve basis.


Sign up to our mailing list here:


Children’s Art Classes

Fully Booked

We run Saturday art classes for children aged 8 - 12 years.
Classes aim to build confidence, exploring techniques and materials through drawing, colour and making.
The fee is €100 for 10 classes, which includes all art materials.

The time slots are:
10am - 11.30am 
11.15am - 12.45pm 

Teen Art Classes

Fully Booked

We run Thursday evening Classes for senior cycle students.
6pm – 7:30pm

Draw inspiration from art in the gallery - study art works up close - create your own responses - develop your ideas using drawing, print and paint.

Fee is €75 for 10 workshops, all art materials supplied.

School Tours | Secondary Schools

We are delighted to welcome students to the Gallery for guided visits. Visits are suitable for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Guided visits may be tailored to the curriculum or support young people and teachers’ own exploration. These visits will encourage speaking confidently about art and the development of the students’ viewpoints.

For more information and bookings please contact:

Emma Klemencic
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie
+ 353 (0) 21 4907862

TY Projects

Check out projects that our TY work experience students have made during their time with us! Each project has a unique take on past/ current exhibitions in the Gallery. Why not try out some of the activities they have created!’

Gníomhaíochtaí as Gaeilge

Bain triail as ár Gníomhaíochtaí as Gaeilge!

Is cuma más cainteoir líofa thú, nó b’fhéidir go bhfuil deis uait do chuid scileanna a chleachtadh agus a fheabhsú. Tá go leor gníomhaíochtaí as Gaeilge ar fáil go forleathan ar na suíomhanna gréasáin ‘Learn & Explore’.

Try out our activities ‘as Gaeilge’!

Whether you are a fluent Irish speaker or want to practice your skills, there are activities ‘as Gaeilge’ available on the Learn & Explore section of our website!

Please Share:

Gallery Question Resource for Leaving Cert

Harry Clarke Marginalia
An Online Exhibition

Download PDF resource here
Download PDF resource in Irish here

This resource is designed for the Leaving Certificate art history and appreciation exam, Section III (Appreciation of Art). It focuses on the ‘gallery question’ where students are asked about an exhibition they have visited.

It is based on the online exhibition Harry Clarke Marginalia, but its structure and focus could be applied to other exhibitions you have visited, virtually or in person at a gallery, museum or other heritage centre. 

The resource aims to help students, but when approaching a question on the exam paper, it is important to follow the advice and guidance of your art teacher. The marking schemes and past exam papers are available at www.examinations.ie under ‘Exam Material Archive’. This provides information on what the examiners tend to look for in completed exam papers. 

Contact

We are keen to support teachers and students, if you have a specific question about an exhibition please feel free to contact us.

(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

Junior Cert Art Resources

Click here to download an interactive PDF file with lots of online art resources from Crawford Art Gallery for Junior Certs.

Contact

We are keen to support teachers and students, if you have a specific question about an exhibition, please feel free to contact us.

(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

Creative Schools

Scoil Bernadette is a secondary school for students aged 12 to 18 years of age. See what happened when students met with artists Rosaleen Moore and Ailbhe Barrett.

Contact

If you are interested in finding out how your school can connect with Crawford Art Gallery please contact:
(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

Leaving Cert Art Resources

Click here to download an interactive PDF file with lots of online art resources from Crawford Art Gallery for Leaving Certs.

Contact

We are keen to support teachers and students, if you have a specific question about an exhibition please feel free to contact us.

(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

HARRY CLARKE MARGINALIA

Online Exhibition

In place of our annual Harry Clarke Watercolours exhibition, this year we have been busy creating a special online exhibition that explores the hidden details of the celebrated artist's work.

This will allow virtual visitors to see aspects of Clarke's work up close from the safety and comfort of their own homes, classrooms, and around the world. In some cases, for the first time visitors will encounter supplementary drawings, doodles, and annotations only found in the margins or on the reverse of his watercolour studies.

Enter the marvellous imagination of one of Ireland's most celebrated artists...

Please Share:

Invisible Light: Virtual Exhibition

Resource for Leaving Certs

Key Facts

Who are the artists?
Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly are Irish artists, who are also husband and wife. They are interested in the art and science of looking and they call themselves the School of Looking. See www.schooloflooking.org

When was the exhibition? 
October - November 2020

What does the title Invisible Light mean? 
Scientists have discovered many forms of invisible light, these forms of light make up the electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, infrared light (‘heat radiation’) cannot be seen by people, but it can be seen by snakes. Ultraviolet light (which can cause sunburn) is invisible to us, but not to bees. 

So what was the exhibition about? 
The short answer is art and science; the electromagnetic spectrum.

The artists worked to imaginatively explore the electromagnetic spectrum, they wanted to bring art and science together to create artworks. They are self-described ‘science nerds'.

The exhibition Invisible Light presented 8 artworks which each investigated a different form of invisible light, from the mysterious gamma ray to the familiar radio wave. The artists collaborated with scientist researchers in the Tyndall Institute University College Cork to create the artwork. The exhibition was funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland, because they are interested in different ways that people can learn more about science apart from textbooks and they are keen to promote science to a wide audience.

School of Looking artists using an infrared camera for their artwork called Sense of Heat.
School of Looking artists using an infrared camera for their artwork called Sense of Heat.

How did Covid 19 restrictions affect the exhibition? 
Audience participation is very important to the School of Looking artists and much of their artwork is designed to be interactive. For example, one of the artworks in the exhibition called a Sense of Heat used an infrared camera and only worked when people stood directly in front of the camera so that their own infrared image was projected on a screen. 

New rules around social distance and sanitising meant that the artists had to modify the artwork displayed. The artists had planned for an exhibition space that echoed a workshop or laboratory, so that people could test, touch and experiment with forms of invisible light and ways of seeing within the gallery space. 

What is a virtual exhibition?
An exhibition that you can explore on screen using a computer or phone over the internet, but not physically visiting a gallery.

Denis Connolly giving a virtual exhibition tour to a school group.
Denis Connolly giving a virtual exhibition tour to a school group.

How was the gallery exhibition Invisible Light made virtual?

You can find a plan of the exhibition space here.

More to think about!

Contact

We are keen to support teachers and students, if you have a specific question about an exhibition please feel free to contact us.

(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

GALLERY VISIT VIDEO

Videos

Join Aíne Andrews, a group of 2020 Leaving Cert students and artist-guide Avril O’Brien on a visit to the gallery. 

Aine Andrews taught art at Coláiste Choilm for many years and is the author of Appreciating Art published by Gill Education. Aine partners with the ATAI (Arts Teachers’ Association of Ireland) to develop resources for students. 

These videos aim to help students to prepare for the gallery-visit section, which is part of the leaving cert Art History paper.

Watch here
A Visit to Crawford Art Gallery Cork
A Visit to Crawford Gallery Cork (part II)

Leaving Certificate Resources:
Aine has written detailed resource notes to accompany her videos. 

Crawford Respond 1 (PDF)

Crawford Respond 2 (PDF)

Crawford Respond 3 (PDF)

Contact

We are keen to support teachers and students, if you have a specific question about an exhibition please feel free to contact us.

(0)21 490 7857
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Further information:
Anne or Emma
+353 (0)21 490 7857 / 490 7862
anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:

DRAWING WITH REGINA CARBAYO - Tone Values

Click on the video below to view the process

Artist Regina Carbayo joins us from Spain with a bilingual video. Watch Regina at work creating a tonal study. 
Regina says "Seeing values when drawing means identifying the different tones from light to dark. The tonal differences are called ‘values’. I use shading techniques in this video with graphite, pencil and an eraser. I have chosen to work from the sculpture An Strachaire Fir by Joseph Higgins as I find it to be very strong and full of expression. There is a lot of contrast which will help you to easily identify shadows and light”.

To see more from Regina go to:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAtXZmWnovZ9AwwzjonyNAA

Initiated by the National Gallery in 2005/ Drawing Day is a nationwide event held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.

Please Share:

Understanding Visual Language

Visual Language is a crucial form of communication. Images are powerful tools for communicating messages. People need skills to interpret these messages and have thoughtful responses. The ability to decode the language of images helps us realise that a single image may have multiple meanings. Fluency in visual language enriches our understanding of Art and the world. It influences our creativity, empathy and critical thinking.

The video and downloadable PDF suggest ways of breaking the codes of visual language helping us to understand, write and talk about artworks. A handy method called 'Visual Thinking Strategy' using three questions helps us to analyse artwork. 

Click below to view the video presentation

Artwork in the video:
CAG. 1828 Andrew Boyle, Millwall, 1998
CAG. 2067 Debbie Godsell, Lady, 2002
CAG. 1734 Anthony Haughey, Lie of the Land
CAG. 1696 Anne Madden, Jardin de Nuit, 1932
CAG. 81 John Lavery, The Red Rose, 1923

Click here to download a handy PDF

Click here to download the PDF in Irish

#crawfordartgalleryhomelife

Please Share:

The Role of a Curator

Have you ever wondered what a Curator does? Curators have many roles in the Crawford Art Gallery working with colleagues in areas such as education, research, conservation, design and marketing. They continually develop interesting ways in which to engage the public with artworks through exhibitions, publications or events. 

Delving deeper, we explore the work of a Curator in this handy downloadable PDF.

Check out our exhibition case study which interviews Anne Boddaert, one of the gallery Curators. Anne speaks about curating the exhibition ‘Seen, Not Heard’ (28th June – 28th October 2019). We asked Anne about what needs to be considered when borrowing work from another collection or artist and hanging the work. We also chat about the experimental playspace take-over of the upper gallery, following the phenomenal response from the public.

BE A CURATOR!

We invite you to curate your own online exhibition!

#crawfordartgalleryhomelife

Please Share:

Drawing Faces

There are many ways of approaching drawing a face. This timelapse demonstrates techniques like comparing distances, using one feature to measure others, breaking down areas into shapes...

Try something new or find your own method. Draw people around you, use photos or magazine images or take inspiration from portraits in our online collection. 

Here, Avril referred to Fergus Martin’s 'Head No. 32001' from the gallery collection, which can be found on the website. 

Avril O’Brien is an artist and teen tutor.

#crawfordartgalleryhomelife

Click on the video below to view a timelapse of the process

Please Share:

Exploring Influences / A View from a Window

Develop your own artwork that says something about where you are - your place

To kick-start this project Avril looked at the gallery collection for inspiration and selected four paintings that explore views from a window. Each of the paintings have an individual mood, style and composition, that suggest different emotions and meanings.

CAG. 386, A.M. O' Hare, Houses in Cork, with View of Shandon, 20th century.
A.M. O' Hare, Houses in Cork, with View of Shandon, 20th century.

Avril sketched the composition of one of the paintings as a starting point and then used collage to create something new. Avril’s collage used scraps of old maps for clouds in the sky, maybe because she really misses travelling, this gives her artwork an individual meaning.

Download this handy pdf which outlines why looking at all kinds of artwork can help you to create.

Download the PDF in Irish here.

Avril O’Brien is an artist and teen tutor.

#crawfordartgalleryhomelife

You can watch Avril at work on this short time-lapse video

Please Share:

Figure Drawing

We share tips and tricks for drawing a figure. 
Get the low down on ways of finding proportion.
Stuck for art materials? Raid the kitchen cupboards for materials to create expressive mark-making.

Avril O’Brien, Artist and teen tutor, demonstrates with a portrait from the gallery in this short video and handy downloadable PDF.


You can download the PDF in Irish here.

#crawfordartgalleryhomelife

CAG.2431 Eileen Healy, Portrait of Cónal Creedon (detail), 2007, pastel on paper, 115 x 75 cm. Presented, Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery, 2007. © the artist
CAG.2431 Eileen Healy, Portrait of Cónal Creedon (detail), 2007, pastel on paper, 115 x 75 cm. Presented, Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery, 2007. © the artist

Drawing is all about Visual problem-solving. Eileen Healy’s ‘Portrait of Conal Creedon’ (2007) which is part of our collection is a stimulus for this figurative drawing video.

HANDY TIPS FOR FIGURE DRAWING

Expression through media, mark-making

MATERIALS

You don’t need a collection of traditional art materials. Look around your home!

Paper- Paper shopping bags, baking paper, cardboard boxes, packaging.

Media - Spices, vegetables, condiments. We used beetroot for dramatic expression. Ground turmeric (a tiny amount added to a little water), soy sauce, tea and coffee created a sepia tone. Think about light, medium and dark tones.

Mark-making tools – what is in the garden? Leaves, sticks. Around the house? Pasta, straws, biros, scrunched up tissue, string.

Click on the video below to view a timelapse of the process

Please Share:

Resource Pack for Portraiture

This resource has been designed as an introduction to portraiture for school groups. Primary and post-primary teachers can use it as a starting point for lesson plans or supporting material to accompany a visit to the Gallery. It will help to develop and consolidate pupils' visual literacy and critical thinking skills, fostering a curiosity in self-representation and identity. 

The first pdf resource explores portraits in the context of the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition that took place in the Crawford Art Gallery in 2020. It examines what exactly a portrait is and how to better understand or ‘read’ portraits.


The second pdf resource looks closely at a range of portraits to create a series of case studies. These include works from the gallery collection and young Zurich Portrait Prize winners, from the contemporary to art historical. Each artwork is accompanied by a series of classroom prompts and suggestions for further exploration.


Click on the download links below to open the guides in a new window.
1.) Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition & what is a portrait? (PDF)
2.) Portrait Case Studies (PDF)
3.) Portrait Case Studies (Irish language version. PDF)




Further information contact:
Anne or Emma+353 (0)21 490 7857 / 490 7862
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Resource Pack for Secondary Teachers

Resource Pack
Designed by art teacher Liz Morrissey, this pack presents the 12 key artworks from the collection, with worksheets, visuals and artist biographies. Please find a version to download below.

Click here to view the Secondary Schools Worksheet (7mb)

Individual Sheets

View of Cork by John Butts (396kb
John Butts Bio (66kb)
View of Cork by John Butts Large (319 kb)

Harry Clarke (142kb)
Harry Clarke Bio (74kb)
Harry Clarke Large Image (486kb)

Eilis O'Connell (101kb)
Eilis O'Connell Bio (70kb)
Eilis O'Connell Large Image (424kb)

John ffrench (525kb)
John ffrench Bio (58kb)
John ffrench Large Image (179kb)

James Barry (781kb)
James Barry Bio (77kb)
James Barry Large Image (510kb)

Mainie Jellett (407kb)
Mainie Jellett Bio (74kb)
Mainie Jellett Large Image (465kb)

Laocoon and his Sons (232kb)
Canova Casts Bio (58kb)
Laocoon Large Image (211kb)

Norah McGuinness (853kb)
Norah McGuinness Bio (79kb)
Norah McGuinness Large Image (443kb)

Murdo Macleod (71kb)
Murdo MacLeod Bio (73kb)
Murdo MacLeod Large Image (586kb)

Sean Keating (561kb)
Sean Keating Bio (80kb)
Sean Keating Large Image (417kb)

Time Flies (1.4mb)
William Gerard Barry Bio (69kb)
Time Flies Large Image (443kb)

Jack B. Yeats (1.77mb)
Jack B. Yeats Bio (78kb)
Jack B. Yeats Large Image (418kb)

Further information:
Anne or Emma
+353 (0)21 490 7857 / 490 7862
anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie

Please Share:
Skip to content