Music at Midday 2023/2024

Upcoming dates for your diary.

Sunday 8 October 2023
Sunday 5 November 2023
Sunday 3 December 2023
Sunday 4 February 2024
Sunday 3 March 2024
Sunday 7 April 2024
Sunday 5 May 2024
Sunday 9 June 2024

Art as Social Commentary or Commentator

For her first solo exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery, Persistent Illusion, artist Rita Duffy presents a trilogy of new, largescale works that address urgent themes of planetary crisis and political chaos. We have designed a resource pack to support Senior Cycle students in exploring this exhibition and forming their own opinions. It is especially relevant to the leaving cert section: Visual Studies Today’s World Art as Social Commentary or Commentator.

Devised by Ciara Wall
Download the Resource Booklet here.

Date for the Diary: Thursday 21 September, 6pm. In Conversation: Artist Rita Duffy & Sarah Kelleher. 

The Neurodiverse Universe!

17th July - 19th July
10am – 1pm

An opportunity for young people to creatively explore neurodiversity

Ages 13-16 / Limited to 10 young people

How do you see the world?

What is your favourite place in the universe?

Artists Isabella Dogliani and Danielle Sheehy invite teens who identify as neurodivergent to join them for three days of art making. These free workshops will explore neurodiversity using a range of creative tools: podcasting, sculpture, drawing and installation. Workshops will focus on creating a safe, shared space for working together.

Click here to book on Eventbrite.

For further information contact

These workshops are part funded through The Arts Council of Ireland.

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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.

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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.

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!

Secondary School Online Resources

Resource PDF
Click on the link below to download a selection of online resources for secondary schools.

Click here to download the Secondary Schools Online Resource sheet (1.5mb)

Further information:
Anne or Emma
+353 (0)21 490 7857 / 490 7862

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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


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.


We invite you to curate your own online exhibition!


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.


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

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.


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.


Expression through media, mark-making


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

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.


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

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