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Resource: Leaving Certificate Art History Presentation

Use our presentation to explore the artefacts on display at the Museum that are part of the History of Art section of the Leaving Certificate Art curriculum

This presentation contains high-resolution images of artefacts from the Museum’s collection from the Neolithic to Medieval Ireland that are covered as part of the Leaving Certificate Art curriculum. Each slide shows an image of an artefact and provides information on name, object type, find location, and date. This presentation can be used as a teaching aid in the classroom and by students as a revision tool.


Activity at a glance

Level: 5th and 6th Years. Can also be used for Junior Certificate History Specification history and Transition Year Students
Format: Downloadable PDF files with slides
Duration: Use as required in class or as a revision tool
Availability: Online – please click link below to download PDF of presentation



Leaving Certificate Art History Resource - Presentation

Leaving Certificate Art History Resources - Notes Pages 


Curriculum Links

Leaving Certificate Art

The Visual Studies Framework

  • ‚ÄčThe framework is structured around six elements: Context, Artists and Artworks, Analysis, Art Elements and Design Principles, Media and Areas of Practice, Innovation and Invention. When studying a period/movement, these elements should be used to understand what occurred before the period/movement being focused on, the period/movement itself and any effects of the period/ movement on later ideas or artwork.

Visual Studies: Content Areas

  • Ireland and its place in the wider world: Guided tours can be tailored to focus on Pre-Christian (c. 4,000BCE - 500 CE) or Insular Art (c.500 - 1100s).


Junior Certificate History Specification

Strand One: The Nature of History
Developing historical consciousness / Working with evidence / Acquiring the ‘big picture’

  • Debate the usefulness and limitations of different types of sources of historical evidence, such as written, visual, aural, oral and tactile evidence
  • Report on a repository of historical evidence such as a museum, library, heritage centre, digital or other archive or exhibition
  • Identify and compare the characteristic features of different historical eras

Strand Two: The History of Ireland
Key moments of change / People, culture and ideas / Thinking historically

  • Consider the importance of religion to historical developments in Ireland
  • Explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate
  • Make connections between local history and wider national and/or international historical personalities, events and issues

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the development of Irish art from the Neolithic to the 12th century in Ireland
  • Use images to examine artefacts in detail from the Neolithic up to the 12th century in Ireland
  • Learn how the form, material, and decoration of artefacts changed over time
  • Gain an appreciation for the use of archaeology and the Museum’s role in the research, preservation, and display of archaeological artefacts

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