Here at the Hunt Museum, we offer a variety of fun and educational tours and workshops for secondary school students. Our workshops are available both in-house as well as the option to bring a little piece of the museum’s charm to your school.

At the museum we believe that museums are very special places for learning and engagement. Activities in the museum can complement the curriculum, inspire your class and increase their understanding of the past.

In the downloadable PDF you will find lots of activities including tours (including all day tours), workshops and school visits. These have recommended age groups on them and clearly marked learning outcomes for your students. We are always happy to work with you and find what is best for your class so please call us to discuss your visit on 061 – 312833 or if you find it hard to call during the busy school day you can always email us on education@huntmuseum.com.

The museum also offers limited Transition Year placements, we ask that you email early and include a short CV and cover letter stating why you would like to do your work experience here.

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Guided Tours

Gallery Tour

Discover the secrets of the Hunt Museums Collection with our expert guides. Children will learn all about the Hunt Family, why museums are important and see real artefacts from the Stone Age, to ancient Egypt, to paintings by Picasso and Renoir. Why not let us know what you’ve been doing in school and we can tailor your tour to your group’s needs.

Learning outcomes:

  • to understand museums and their function
  • look more carefully at art and describe what they see with greater confidence
  • understand age-appropriate stories relating to the history of museum objects

Tours are €2 per pupil, teachers go free. Durations 30, 60 or 90 mins

Why not extend your stay and add arts and crafts to your tour – add €2 per pupil.

Temporary Exhibition Tour

Guided tours are available to accompany the Hunt’s schedule of Temporary Exhibitions. Our experienced docents will guide you through the exhibition on display. Why not let us know what you’re learning about in the classroom and we can cater the tour to your class’ learning needs.

Gerry Andrews Faces and Places

24th Feb—26th March

The Faces and Places exhibition encompasses a wide variety of individuals from diverse global cultures. Students will be given a tour of the Gerry Andrews photography exhibition with a view to exploring and celebrating this cultural diversity. After the tour with facilitation from museum volunteers, group discussions will take place amongst students on the importance of diversity, tolerance and multi-culturalism within our own communities.

Suitable for 1st – 3rd year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr
Teachers go free

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry

June—September

During an enquiry based tour of the Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry exhibition, students will Interpret, compare and contrast prominent themes and subject matter present in the artworks. This will include the shared preoccupation of the artists with the west of Ireland and how these landscapes were significant in forging a sense of identity for an independent Ireland. Students will also compare and contrast the artists’ use of light, colour, composition, texture and style and will learn how trends including French Impressionism of the 19th Century influenced this work. After the exhibition tour, students will be allocated time to record their exhibition visit and to document the artworks of their choice.

Suitable for 1st – 6th year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Teachers go free

Workshops and Activities at the Museum

800 Years of Fashion

800 Years of Fashion is one of our most popular workshops at the museum. Participants will learn about the clothing of the past and the societies that wore it. Participants will have the opportunity to dress up as Elizabethan nobility or medieval serfs. The workshop covers eight periods between 1200 and 1920. Participants will use clothing as historical evidence, gain a better understanding of the changes in clothing through time as well as relate the changes in the clothes to wider changes in society.

Duration: 90 mins

Art Appreciation and Comprehension

This workshop uses the museum’s diverse collection of fine art and decorative art to explore methods of looking at and understanding art in various media. Students are encouraged to explore their appreciation and comprehension of works of art by using the appropriate working vocabulary. The focus of the workshop is on core concepts such as light, colour and structure. The workshop is taught through discussion, group work and individual investigation, supported by worksheets. Media covered typically include: Painting (landscape; portraiture; religious painting); drawings; and sculpture. This workshop may also be combined with a Temporary Exhibition tour to introduce additional media, e.g. photography, traditional crafts; see Exhibition programme.
It may be possible to tailor your workshop to emphasise some media over others; contact the Curator of Education to discuss your requirements.

Duration: 90 mins

Art, Craft and Design Through the Ages

This workshop uses the museum’s very diverse collection of historical artefacts, craft and decorative art to enable students to explore craft, design and art in various media and styles from a variety of world cultures, from 4000BC to the present day. Students are encouraged to consider the materials, techniques, mode of expression and (where appropriate) function of the objects being considered. The focus in this workshop is on 3-D artefacts, many with functional aspects (some 2-D pieces are included for comparison). Media explored include ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, ivory/ bone, glass, stone, wood, textiles and leather. The workshop is taught through discussion, group work and individual investigation, supported by worksheets.

Duration: 90 mins

Reading Twentieth-Century Irish Art

This workshop introduces students to modern Irish art with an emphasis on painting, looking at work by artists such as Jack Yeats, Sean Keating, Roderic O’Conor and William Leech. A resource pack, “Reading Twentieth-Century Irish Art”, is provided to support the workshop itself and follow-up work in the classroom; copies can be posted in advance to teachers on request. Teachers will be supplied with a copy of the printed card version at no charge.

Duration 90 mins

Outreach Visit Workshops

With these workshops, the museum comes to you! We will deliver these workshops in your classroom, and provide all materials. Outreach visits are €30 per workshop (waived for DEIS schools) and a travel supplement for schools outside Limerick City of .31c per km. We regret that we are unable provide outreach visits to schools more than 50km away. Why not book the facilitator to give the workshop to a different class later on the same day? You will only be charged one set of travel fees. For more information see outreach workshops.

Contact

Phone: +353-61- 312833;
Fax: + 353- 61-312834;
Email: education@huntmuseum.com

Guided Tours

Gallery Tour

A guided tour of the permanent collection allows our expert docents to introduce visitors to the highlights of the Hunt’s exhibits. A “Highlights of the Hunt” tour can be booked over either 60 or 90 minutes, and a half-hour “Essential Hunt” tour is available for groups that are pressed for time.

Duration: 30, 60 or 90 mins

Workshops and Activities at the Museum

Temporary Exhibition Tour

Guided tours are available to accompany the Hunt’s schedule of Temporary Exhibitions. Our experienced docents will guide you through the exhibition on display. Why not let us know what you’re learning about in the classroom and we can cater the tour to your class’ learning needs.

Gerry Andrews Faces and Places

24th Feb—26th March

The Faces and Places exhibition encompasses a wide variety of individuals from diverse global cultures. Students will be given a tour of the Gerry Andrews photography exhibition with a view to exploring and celebrating this cultural diversity. After the tour with facilitation from museum volunteers, group discussions will take place amongst students on the importance of diversity, tolerance and multi-culturalism within our own communities.

Suitable for 1st – 3rd year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr
Teachers go free

Students will be given a tour of the Faces and Places exhibition, examining the range of subject matter and display strategies employed to encourage its interpretation. They will identify prominent themes within the exhibition and will discuss how different cultures are represented. They will also compare and contrast the role played by colour, light, style and composition in selected works. Students will also analyse the exhibition space, its layout and design and make suggestions as to how it could be improved. After the tour, students will have the opportunity to put this critical analysis to use through creating their own captions for photographs in the exhibition and justifying their reasoning.

Suitable for 3rd – 6th year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr
Teachers go free

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry

June—September

During an enquiry based tour of the Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry exhibition, students will Interpret, compare and contrast prominent themes and subject matter present in the artworks. This will include the shared preoccupation of the artists with the west of Ireland and how these landscapes were significant in forging a sense of identity for an independent Ireland. Students will also compare and contrast the artists’ use of light, colour, composition, texture and style and will learn how trends including French Impressionism of the 19th Century influenced this work. After the exhibition tour, students will be allocated time to record their exhibition visit and to document the artworks of their choice.

Suitable for 1st – 6th year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Teachers go free

800 Years of Fashion (90 mins)

800 Years of Fashion is one of our most popular workshops at the museum. Participants will learn about the clothing of the past and the societies that wore it. Participants will have the opportunity to dress up as Elizabethan nobility or medieval serfs. The workshop covers eight periods between 1200 and 1920. Participants will use clothing as historical evidence, gain a better understanding of the changes in clothing through time as well as relate the changes in the clothes to wider changes in society.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use clothing as historical evidence
  • Gain an understanding of clothing through time
  • Relate changes in clothing and fashion to wider changes in society

Duration: 90 mins

Art in Ireland

Choose from: 20th Century Irish Art or Bronze Age
This workshop focuses on the Art Appreciation section of the Leaving Cert paper. Students will learn about subject matter, style, colour and light, composition, techniques, context and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and analyse Irish art with more confidence and fluency.
  • Discuss important themes in the history of Ireland in greater depth
  • Learn key skills for integrating work of art

European Art: The Three Masters Picasso, Gauguin and Renoir

This workshop focuses on the Art Appreciation section of the Leaving Cert paper. This workshop gives students the opportunity to engage with, and respond to, works of art by three major European artists, all of them key figures in the history of Western painting. The emphasis will be on the development of each artist’s distinctive style and their influence on European art. The workshop will develop the student’s familiarity with, and use of, key concepts and terminology in the understanding and appreciation of art.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate improved confidence in discussing, describing and analysing European works of art in various media and in various styles
  • Analyse the subject matter and symbolism of works of art with greater depth and fluency

Outreach Visit Workshops

With these workshops, the museum comes to you! We will deliver these workshops in your classroom, and provide all materials. Outreach visits are €30 per workshop (waived for DEIS schools) and a travel supplement of .31c per km. We regret that we are unable provide outreach visits to schools more than 50km away. Why not book the facilitator to give the workshop to a different class later on the same day? You will only be charged one set of travel fees.

Contact

Phone: +353-61- 312833;
Email: education@huntmuseum.com

Gallery Tour

A guided tour of the permanent collection allows our expert docents to introduce visitors to the highlights of the Hunt’s exhibits. A “Highlights of the Hunt” tour can be booked over either 60 or 90 minutes, and a half-hour “Essential Hunt” tour is available for groups that are pressed for time.

Duration: 30, 60 or 90 mins

Temporary Exhibition Tour

Guided tours are available to accompany the Hunt’s schedule of Temporary Exhibitions. Our experienced docents will guide you through the exhibition on display. Why not let us know what you’re learning about in the classroom and we can cater the tour to your class’ learning needs.

Gerry Andrews Faces and Places

24th Feb—26th March

Students will be given a tour of the Faces and Places exhibition, examining the range of subject matter and display strategies employed to encourage its interpretation. They will identify prominent themes within the exhibition and will discuss how different cultures are represented. They will also compare and contrast the role played by colour, light, style and composition in selected works. Students will also analyse the exhibition space, its layout and design and make suggestions as to how it could be improved. After the tour, students will have the opportunity to put this critical analysis to use through creating their own captions for photographs in the exhibition and justifying their reasoning.

Suitable for 3rd – 6th year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr
Teachers go free

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry

June—September

During an enquiry based tour of the Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry exhibition, students will Interpret, compare and contrast prominent themes and subject matter present in the artworks. This will include the shared preoccupation of the artists with the west of Ireland and how these landscapes were significant in forging a sense of identity for an independent Ireland. Students will also compare and contrast the artists’ use of light, colour, composition, texture and style and will learn how trends including French Impressionism of the 19th Century influenced this work. After the exhibition tour, students will be allocated time to record their exhibition visit and to document the artworks of their choice.

Suitable for 1st – 6th year
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Teachers go free

Workshops and Activities at the Museum

800 Years of Fashion (90 mins)

800 Years of Fashion is one of our most popular workshops at the museum. Participants will learn about the clothing of the past and the societies that wore it. Participants will have the opportunity to dress up as Elizabethan nobility or medieval serfs. The workshop covers eight periods between 1200 and 1920. Participants will use clothing as historical evidence, gain a better understanding of the changes in clothing through time as well as relate the changes in the clothes to wider changes in society.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use clothing as historical evidence
  • Gain an understanding of clothing through time
  • Relate changes in clothing and fashion to wider changes in society

Duration: 90 mins

Art in Ireland

Choose from: 20th Century Irish Art or Bronze Age

This workshop focuses on the Art Appreciation section of the Leaving Cert paper. Students will learn about subject matter, style, colour and light, composition, techniques, context and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and analyse Irish art with more confidence and fluency
  • Discuss important themes in the history of Ireland in greater depth
  • Learn key skills for integrating work of art

European Art: The Three Masters Picasso, Gauguin and Renoir

This workshop focuses on the Art Appreciation section of the Leaving Cert paper. This workshop gives students the opportunity to engage with, and respond to, works of art by three major European artists, all of them key figures in the history of Western painting. The emphasis will be on the development of each artist’s distinctive style and their influence on European art. The workshop will develop the student’s familiarity with, and use of, key concepts and terminology in the understanding and appreciation of art.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate improved confidence in discussing, describing and analysing European works of art in various media and in various styles
  • Analyse the subject matter and symbolism of works of art with greater depth and fluency

Museum and Exhibition Layout and Design

This workshop assists students preparing for Section 3 of History and Appreciation of Art Paper (General Appreciation), focusing on the Exhibition Layout and Design question. Using the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, the workshop helps students to explore the philosophy behind the layout of a museum exhibition. For more information about the Temporary and Alternative Perspectives exhibitions that will be available during your visit: http://www.huntmuseum.com/exhibitions.aspx

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate improved understanding of the theory and practice of the organisation and presentation of the artefacts/objects to the public
  • Relate the theory of exhibition layout to real-world examples with more confidence

Outreach Visit Workshops

With these workshops, the museum comes to you! We will deliver these workshops in your classroom, and provide all materials. Outreach visits are €30 per workshop (waived for DEIS schools) and a travel supplement of .31c per km. We regret that we are unable provide outreach visits to schools more than 50km away. Why not book the facilitator to give the workshop to a different class later on the same day? You will only be charged one set of travel fees.

Contact

Phone: +353-61- 312833;
Email: education@huntmuseum.com