Online Art Education Resources

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We hope you enjoy some of our art education resources and other essays available to download. We also have a growing collection of diverse and interesting online talks and art activity ideas which we hope you enjoy. Our online talks and art activities for a variety of ages can be viewed here We would love to see your artwork and share them with us @thehughane  #creativetogether #irishmuseumsonline


Curious to Draw

For both young and old we sometimes create self-imposed barriers to our creativity. At the Hugh Lane Gallery we often explore art through drawing and love to see the sketches that are made. We are encouraging you to be curious and give sketching a go! There are some pointers here which we hope are of help.


Primary School age

Sunday Sketching: Light on Landscape

As we celebrate light, the lengthening of the days and approaching summer, enjoy this short film and art activity exploring  ‘Light on Landscape’ with artist Renata Pekowska and featuring paintings from the gallery’s collection. Watch the film here

Make Your Own Paper Light: Interactive Drawing

Explore the theme of night light in this film showing how to ‘Make Your Own Paper Light: Interactive Drawing’ with artist Megan Scott inspired by Roderic O’Conor’s painting Boulevard Raspail and the view from our windows. Watch the film here.

Sunday Sketching: I Spy in the Francis Bacon Studio!

Join artist Liliane Puthod to explore the colourful chaos of Francis Bacon's studio. Play I Spy and notice lots of wonderful objects from a mirror to light bulbs, to paintbrushes and more. Then using very simple shapes make lovely little sketches of what you see and are curious about. Watch the I Spy in the Francis Bacon studio film here


Make Your Own Thaumatrope

Watch this short film here to see how to Make a Thaumatrope by artist Helena Gouveia Monteiro inspired by the artwork Thoroughbred Horse Walking by Edgar Degas and the fantastic photographs of Eadweard Muybridge. We would love to see your artwork, so why not share it @thehughlane.

Ice cream cone prints!

Join artist Janine Davidson and explore making prints of colourful ice cream cones using found objects at home. Watch the short film here

Make a Shooting Star

Grace Henry's painting Evening, Achill is the inspiration behind this shooting star art activity by artist Jane Fogarty. Watch the short film here https://youtu.be/4dj0CPW0bNQ @thehughlane  #museumfromhome

Gone Fishing

Make your own fishing bear and underwater scene in this lovely art idea here by artist Rebecca Shelford inspired by JBC Corot’s painting The Fisherman.

Make Your Own Gallery inspired by the architecture of Charlemont House with artist Rebecca Shelford. Download pdf here.

Watch this short 60 second film on how to Make a Simple Sketchbook to record your thoughts, ideas, drawings, poems and more!  https://youtu.be/wq6pzi9aHD4


Discover Art at the Hugh Lane Gallery.  These art discussions and artist-led art activities are drawn from our book Discover Art and are inspired by the wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art at the Hugh Lane Gallery:

1. An artist's studio is the name of the room where an artist paints, sculpts, draws or just sits and thinks of ideas! Find out more about Artists Studios and be inspired to Make your own Francis Bacon Studio. Also find out more about the special qualities of Drawing and Make Your Own Artist's Sketchbook. Download here

2. Nearly every painting the Gallery, no matter its size, has a frame. Read on by following the link if you are curious About Frames; Also why does an artist choose a particular colour or use brushstrokes in a certain way? Find out more about the Building Blocks of Art: Colour, Tone and Texture Download here

(Extracts from Discover Art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: an introduction to modern and contemporary art for young people by Jessica O'Donnell)

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Art Conservation: Have you ever wondered about how artworks are cared for? Find out more about the fascinating science of art conservation in this art education resource for young people here

One of the most beautiful artworks in the gallery is The Eve of St Agnes. by Harry Clarke. Art ideas and line drawings to be coloured in inspired by this beautiful stained glass window can be downloaded here

The Kids Guide to the Francis Bacon Studio is a colourful introduction to Francis Bacon's studio at the Hugh Lane and is ideal for primary school age. The Kids Guide to the Francis Bacon Studio is available to download here.

For Second Level students

The Francis Bacon Studio: Gallery Question - watch this illustrated talk with Kimberly Griffith specifically exploring the Francis Bacon studio complex with the Leaving Cert Gallery Question in mind. Watch here.

The Francis Bacon Studio: A Resource for Leaving Certificate Students considering the Gallery Question is available as a pdf to download free here.

Dánlann An Hugh Lane Stiúideo Francis Bacon Acmhainn do Dhaltaí Ardteistiméireachta san Ealaín, sa Cheardaíocht agus sa Dearadh atá ag smaoineamh ar an gCeist faoi Ghailearaithe a dhéanamh. Tá an acmhainn ar fáil as gaeilge anseo.

Art and Text

In this film artist Marie Farrington explores how text has inspired and been incorporated by artists in many diverse ways in their art. Inspired by these artists and using the example of the evocative line from the poem ‘A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford’ by poet Derek Mahon, Marie shows you how to create your own text and share this text, perhaps a line from poetry or literature that inspires you, on your window and  with the wider world. Watch here. #museumfromhome

Make a concertina-style sketchbook

Join artist Ashleigh Downey to explore the inspirational processes surrounding having and making your own sketchbook. Watch the short film here

Make a Decoupage Installation

Be inspired by the colourful world of decoupage to make your own installation with artist Michelle Hall. Watch the short film here

Sean Scully: A Major Presence in Dublin published in Museum Ireland discusses the Sean Scully Gallery at the Hugh Lane. You can download a pdf of this article here.

For essays on the architecture of Charlemont House published in Hugh Lane Founder of a Gallery of Modern Art for Ireland by Dr Sean O’Reilly and Raymund Ryan click on the pdfs New enlightenment for Charlemont House and Charlemont House: a critical history.

The Gallery's online catalogue in the Collections pages of this website includes images of much of the Gallery's collection which is very helpful for advance preparation or follow up work in the classroom.

Art Education Resources exploring previous exhibitions:


Kennedy Browne:The Redaction Trilogy
an art education resource in tandem with this fascinating exhibition exploring topical issues in relation to technology and social media (24 October 2019-26 January 2020)  can be viewed here

Mark Dion Our Plundered Planet an art education resource in tandem with this exhibition (4 April-1 September 2019) can be viewed here

Revolutionary States- Home Rule and Modern Ireland: A Resource for Teachers and Students is a thought provoking introduction to the political, social and cultural context of this fascinating period. A pdf of Revolutionary States- Home Rule and Modern Ireland: A Resource for Teachers and Students is available to download free here.

Willie Doherty: DISTURBANCE is a stimulating and informative introduction for teachers and students to the exhibition DISTURBANCE (6 September 2011 -15 January 2012).   With full colour images, background information on the artist and artworks as well as ideas for further classroom discussion and activities, Willie Doherty: DISTURBANCE A Resource for Teachers is ideal for advance preparation prior to a visit to the Gallery or as part of follow up work in the classroom. To download a copy, click here Willie Doherty: DISTURBANCE A Resource for Teachers and Students.

Civil Rights etc A Resource for Teachers and Students is a stimulating and informative introduction to the exhibition Civil Rights etc (6 September 2011 -15 January 2012).   With full colour images, background information on the artists and artworks as well as ideas for further classroom discussion and activities, Civil Rights etc A Resource for Teachers and Students is ideal for advance preparation prior to a visit to the Gallery or as part of follow up work in the classroom. To download a copy, click here Civil Rights etc A Resource for Teachers and Students.

Available from the Gallery Bookshop and Libraries:

The Gallery's full colour publication Discover Art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: an introduction to modern and contemporary art for young people by Jessica O'Donnell is available to purchase from the Gallery bookshop, tel. +353 (0)89 2202855. €11.99 . 104 pps. ISBN 1-901702-26-X

Harry Clarke The Eve of St Agnes by Jessica O'Donnell is a fully illustrated publication discussing each panel of this magnificent window and relating the artwork to John Keats's poem. ISBN 978-1-901702-42-2. This publication is on sale in the Gallery Bookshop, tel. +353 (0)89 2202855. A pdf of children's art activities related to Harry Clarke's stained glass window is available to download free here.

The Hugh Lane’s magnificent The Eve of St Agnes stained glass window by Harry Clarke is also explored in new research by Jessica O’Donnell published in Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State edited by A. Griffith, M. Helmers and R. Kennedy (2018, Irish Academic Press; ISBN 978-1788-5550-451) Her chapter'A Gorgeous Gallery of Poetic Pictures: Harry Clarke, Harold Jacob and John Keats's The Eve of St Agnes' offers new insights into the distinctive imagery employed by Clarke by closely relating it to John Keats’s poem as well as adding  to our knowledge of its important patron, Harold Jacob of Jacob’s biscuit factory. This superb work, a firm favourite with visitors to the Gallery, is on view in the Hugh Lane’s stained glass room with Harry Clarke’s stunning Mr Gilhooly made for The Geneva Window close by.

The Gallery's publications Hugh Lane: Founder of a Gallery of Modern Art for Ireland and Sir Hugh Lane: That Great Pictured Song offer insights into superb collection of the Gallery and are available to purchase from the Gallery Bookshop, contact:  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or telephone +353 (0)89 2202855.