Primary Schools

NCAD Access aims to support the primary school visual art curriculum through developing projects that underpin the work of teachers in the classroom and where possible incorporating the six strands of Drawing, Paint and Colour, Print & Clay, Construction and Fabric & Fibre. 

Every year NCAD Access design and deliver a two-week primary school project that introduces primary school children to the college through participation in issue based art and design projects.  These projects focus on contemporary issues and themes and past projects have included The Europa Design A Stamp for Europe (2006) whereby a national competition was organised in association with An Post; The Banner Project (2007) supported by Dublin City Council; Focus On Home (2008) was organised with Focus Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Images and Identity (2009) looked at issues of Irish and European identity, Changing Landscapes  (2010) focused on Education for Sustainable Development,  A Space for Learning (2011) encouraged children to design their ideal learning environment and was offered in conjunction with the Irish Architecture Foundation and the NCAD Gallery;  The Narrative of Numbers (2012) combined visual arts and numeracy in an exciting intergenerational project that concluded, as always, with a showcase event and tour of the NCAD Graduate exhibition.

More recently the School of Education has embedded the Primary School Access project into the curriculum and this project represents the Year 1 student placement experience.  We have collaborated with the IMMA Freud Project,; the Dublin Port Company with the Hugh Lane Gallery and artist Silvia Loefflor.  This year we plan to work again with Silvia Loefflor and the Dublin Learning Festival.

Primary School – Tours of the Graduate Exhibition
Every year approximately 500 primary school pupils visit the NCAD and participate in a mediated tour of the Graduate and Post-graduate exhibition.  The campus becomes an exciting showcase of graduate’s artwork and provides pupils with a visual snapshot of the inherent possibilities in higher education in art and design.

  If you would like to book a tour for your school please email Finola Mc Ternan for details.  Please be advised that tours are limited and book up quickly:  

Linked Primary Schools

St Enda’s NS Whitefriar Street, Dublin 8
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Inchicore, Dublin 8
St Bridges NS The Coombe, Dublin 8
St Catherine’s NS Donore Avenue, Dublin 8
St James Primary School James Street, Dublin 8
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Goldenbridge, Dublin 8
Presentation Primary School Warrenmount, Dublin 8
Sancta Maria CBS Synge Street, Dublin 8
St Audoen's National School Cook Street, Dublin 8
Scoil na mBrathar Frances Street, Dublin 8
Marist National School Crumlin, Dublin 12
Loreto Senior Primary School Crumlin, Dublin 12
Loreto Junior Primary School Crumlin, Dublin 12
Scoil Iosagain Crumlin, Dublin 12
Our Lady Immaculate SNS Darndale, Dublin 17
O Connell's Primary School North Richmond St, Dublin 1
Inchicore National School Sarsfield Rd, Dublin 10
Scoil Treasa Naofa Petrie Road, Dublin 8
De La Salle Primary School Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
St Raphael's Primary School Kylemore Road, Dublin 10
St Louise's Senior School Drumfin Road, Dublin 10
Holy Spirit Boys NS Ballymun, Dublin 9