Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.

This well-known Georgian tour, originally developed by Dublin Decoded for the Irish Georgian Society, has been adapted for students sitting the Leaving Certificate and is available for school groups.  The tour package includes visits to major works by Edward Lovett Pearce, James Gandon, Francis Johnston, and Richard Cassels (also known as Ricard Castle) as well as views of works by Thomas Burgh and Hugh Darley, all with expert commentary, interpretation and analysis. Also included in the follow-up package for teachers are 3 pdfs, with a 5-page handout of notes covering key points, a “refresher quiz” and an answer sheet for the quiz for teachers. .  The tour takes one hour and 50 minutes.  It is available by appointment for groups of students, led by a teacher, on weekday afternoons and always starts  at 2.15pm.

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Fee is €10 per/student, based on groups over 9 and up to 29 students.  Money must be collected prior to tour.  Schools normally book the tour is as an extra- mural activity.   Very large groups, and DEIS schools may get in touch to negotiate a flat rate.  All other details on tour and worksheets, and the full tour spec. are below.

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By concentrating on relatively small group of key buildings, terms, ideas and architects from the Georgian era, (approximately 1720 to 1830) it helps understanding and bring the era, concepts and creative personnel to life. It is designed to give teachers and students an edge in forthcoming exams.

The walk and talk takes place in and around the College Green and Trinity College area. Architects and designers include Thomas Burgh, Edward Lovett Pearce, James Gandon, Richard Cassels and Hugh Darley, among others.

The tour features the origins and underlying principles of the Georgian style, as well as notes on materials, and a glossary of terms and ideas.  Interpretation and discussion of buildings is by Arran Henderson, an art historian and writer who conducts tours for the Irish Georgian Society and many other leading cultural organizations (IGS, Open House, Culture Night, etc) .

College Green Dublin Decoded

Worksheets and extra materials included in follow up:   To assist teachers and help in classroom/exam performance, the tour includes with two useful study sheets.   One is handout for students, a summary of notes on key Georgian Dublin buildings, both those featured on the tour and other important examples of the style to visit and review.  The other is a “refresher” test. This is given to teachers/ group leaders at the end of the tour, for follow-up work later back in the classroom.  An answer sheet to the quiz is also provided for convenience of teachers.

Notes, fees, and how to book

To inquire about a date or to book a tour, please send an email to dublindecoded@gmail.com  with the words Leaving Cert Tour + (and)  your preferred date in the subject header please,  for a speedy response. Thank you.  Please note that all tours take place on Weekday afternoons, with start time of 2.15pm

Fees and notes:  Generally, schools offer this tour to students as an extra-mural activity. Fees are thus paid by parents and delivered by the teacher who accompanies the class-excursion.    For educational groups of 9-29 pupils, the fee is €10 per/student.   For smaller educational groups (15 pupils or less) a flat fee of €150 applies.  For DEIS schools Dublin Decoded offers a reduced rate of €5 per student (for groups over 15 students) and/or a flat rate of just €120.     Please note that in all cases,  fees are collected prior to tour by the teacher. Schools or groups who wish or prefer to pay in advance via electronic payment are welcome.  Please note that all tours take place on Weekday afternoons, and the start time is  2.15pm.  Weekend or morning-time tours are unfortunately not available, mornings due to my own teaching commitments and not weekends due to to the availability of buildings we wish to visit.   Again, to inquire about a date or to book a tour, please send an email to dublindecoded@gmail.com  and please include the words Leaving Cert Tour + your preferred date in the subject header please,  for a speedy response. Thank you.

Please share with Art teachers whose students might benefit. 

Leaving Certificate Art History Teachers may also be interested in another excursion, discussing religious (and secular) symbolism in historic paintings at the National Gallery, from Italian Quttrocento and Renaissance to 17th century Dutch Art.  Please see here.

Reynolds Parody Sch of Athens

5 thoughts on “Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.

  1. Hi Arran,

    I have a spare ticket to this event in UCD on Tuesday evening. As an occasional browser or visitor to your amazing blog I thought you might be interested in going along. It sounds like part interview/conversation/book launch/wine reception kind of thing. In any case it would be really nice to meet up with you again. If it sounds good to you, it starts at 6.30 in the John Hume centre in UCD. Am aware that it is short notice, but if you can make it, it would be lovely to see you. Let me know in any case.

    Best,

    Emer Gantly.

    1. Hi Emer, how nice to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words about the blog, delighted you read and enjoy it! and thank you very much also for this kind invitation. I usually play football at that time Tuesdays, (in UCD in fact, would you believe?), but I’d love to see what the event is. There was no attachment, but if you’d like to send it (the details/ link/ attachment ) to dublindecoded@gmail.com (big cap subject header tobe safe!) then I’ll certainly get back to you later this evening. Hope all is well with you Emer. Very warm regards- Arran.
      Many thanks.

  2. […] April.   Schools, Music and War.   We do the second edition of a new tour, a Georgian tour specially adapted for Leaving Cert students.  A question on Georgian architecture comes up every year in the Leaving Cert Art History exam.   So this tour is to give students the confidence to tackle it, and an edge going into the exams.  Here you see a group of students from Pipper Hill College on the steps outside City Hall/The Royal Exchange.  For reasons to do with awareness, advocacy and education and conservation,  Dublin Decoded are very keen in general to get young people engaged in historic architecture.  School tours are offered at a significant discount on normal prices.  DEIS schools qualify for further discounts.  Leaving Certificate Art or Art History teachers who wishes to make an enquiry, please see here. […]

  3. […] April.   Schools, Music and War.   We do the second edition of a new tour, a Georgian tour specially adapted for Leaving Cert students.  A question on Georgian architecture comes up every year in the Leaving Cert Art History exam.   So this tour is to give students the confidence to tackle it, and an edge going into the exams.  Here you see a group of students from Pipper Hill College on the steps outside City Hall/The Royal Exchange.  For reasons to do with awareness, advocacy and education and conservation,  Dublin Decoded are very keen in general to get young people engaged in historic architecture.  School tours are offered at a significant discount on normal prices.  DEIS schools qualify for further discounts.  Leaving Certificate Art or Art History teachers who wishes to make an enquiry, please see here. […]

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