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Elements in Drawing

You will probably find this activity most interesting, and people of all ages can try it out. The aim is to use your observational skills and explore spatial relations, forms and negative spaces.


Camera Obscura

We have referred to the Camera Obscura in our Drawing classes. Here you can build a simple camera and test out the way it works.




In this current global crisis, we may be feeling anxious and unmoored. Many people find it easier to cope with this uncertainty by keeping busy, others may find solace in the opposite, using this ‘downtime’ to withdraw and reset.

Colour in Drawing

Whether you do it as a form of meditation, or to explore colour and pattern, you can now download and colour in some works from the national collection.
Try redrawing the sheet in pencil and then using Watercolours instead of crayons!

Literary and mythological characters in Art

The National Gallery of Ireland’s collection has lots of wonderful examples of artworks populated with characters from writing; from plays, poems, and mythology.


Here, we take a look at just a few of them.  



National Gallery of Ireland at Home: Sensory Spots

Inspired by Paul Signac’s The Terrace, Saint Tropez, create your own spotty masterpiece.


Have fun with food and make your own paint from fruit, vegetables and spices in this sensory activity.




Mindfulness and Art
Banks of a Canal, near Naples

Caillebotte exhibited with the Impressionists and was also an important patron of Impressionist art.

 He painted this picture during a visit to Italy. It depicts a canal extending into the distance of a flat landscape.

 The horizon line is dotted with the forms of buildings and trees.



Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art

Drawn from Nature celebrates three centuries of Irish botanical art. The exhibition includes drawings, watercolours, prints, and illustrated publications dating from the 1700s to the modern day. The backgrounds, motivations, and methods of the artists exhibited are diverse. Yet all are connected by a shared desire to observe, record, and advance our knowledge of the natural world.

Virtual Tour: Irish Horse

Take a virtual tour of Irish Horse

Spencer Murphy, Ruby Walsh, Irish Jockey, 2013

Spencer was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. Raised in relative isolation, miles from the nearest shop or school, Spencer often found himself with only his imagination for company and the surrounding woodland as his playground. It was a combination of this imagination and an early discovery of his mother’s back issues of Life and National Geographic that sparked an early enthusiasm for photography at the age of 11. As a result, his parents bought him his first camera and photography quickly became a channel for his creativity.

Mindfulness and Art: Sackville Street, Dublin

Michael Angelo Hayes (1820-1877), Sackville Street, Dublin, c.1853

Michael Angelo Hayes was born in Waterford and trained with his father, Edward Hayes (1797-1864).

His principal interests were equine and military subjects. This view of Dublin’s main thoroughfare, now known as O’Connell Street, offers a glimpse of how the city looked in the 1850s. The street abounds with activity, as people bustle amidst carts, carriages and omnibuses. Dominating the scene is the 40-metres-high landmark, ‘Nelson’s Pillar’, erected in 1808. 

Mindfulness and Art: Aloes, South of France

William John Leech (1881-1968), Aloes, South of France, c.1915/17

In the winters of 1915 and 1917, Irish artist Leech travelled to the fishing village Les Martiques, near Marseilles, to paint. Inspired by the decorative quality of the aloe plants that thrive there, he embarked on his Aloes series of oil paintings. The large scale of the paintings suggests they were executed in his studio in London, based on watercolour studies such as this, done on the spot. The influence of Post-Impressionism is evident in the artist’s heightened awareness of colour and rhythmic pattern.

Mindfulness and Art:

The Virgin of Éire

Mainie Jellett (1897-1944), The Virgin of Éire, 1940s

Jellett trained in Dublin and London before moving to Paris in 1920.

There, with Evie Hone, she studied under André Lhote, an advocate of Cézanne’s analytical approach to painting, and Albert Gleizes, an established Cubist artist.

Inspired by their work, Jellett began to analyse rhythm, colour and form in her own work, while also drawing on long-standing pictorial traditions.