Art Education

Autumn 2020

Below is a 2 min film about the creation of a mural at the entrance to the Oratory in Dun Laoghaire to celebrate its centenary. The Oratory was decorated by Sr Concepta Lynch over a 16 year period. I worked with a wonderful group of 15 children from the local Domincan Primary School.

Course in Art Appreciation

Mags with her students in Art Appreciation at the Rijksmuseum January 2019

Course Content

Who will host the classes?

All classes will be created, presented and hosted by Mags Harnett. Mags teaches the ‘History & Appreciation of Art’ courses in D.A.T.E. (Dundrum Adult Training and Education) and is a tour guide at the National Gallery of Ireland and a practising artist herself. Ciara Kennedy may help with administration from time to time, such as at the time of enrolment, so you might get an email reply signed by Ciara.

What day / time will the course run?

The classes will run on Friday mornings from 11.30 am to approximately 1pm for 10 weeks.

How long does the course run for?

The next course will run for ten weeks, beginning Friday 21st January 2022.

How long is each class?

Each class will be approximately 70-80 minutes in duration.

What will the course cover? 

The course will cover a broad range of topics relating to History of Art which will encompass different artists, styles, periods and art movements.  Each week will focus on a different topic and will be a standalone class in terms of content.  While there may be some cross-over of themes on some weeks, participants do not need to attend each class in order to fully experience and enjoy the course. If a class is missed, this will not have any detrimental effect on the participant’s ability to follow the course. 

How do I register for the course?

If you wish to register for the course, email Mags at

How much is the course?

The course costs €150 for the full course covering ten wee

What online platform will the course be run on?

The course will be run on Zoom and every 3rd week in person at a cultural institution. We will meet up to see an exhibition every 3 weeks (in accordance with public health guidelines).


I have worked for several years in art education, sharing my passion for both creating and appreciating art. Currently, I am working with the National Gallery of Ireland as a tour guide and workshop facilitator. I work mostly with school groups but I also run monthly sketching tours there (you can find details on the National Gallery’s website). I also tutor three groups of adult education with the ETB and run an art class for primary school children as part of after-school classes. I organise art trips for adults; last January I accompanied 35 people to Amsterdam and the Hague to look at Dutch art of the Golden Age.

After-school art workshop

Self portraits (St Attracta’s Rang 4) after Lucien Freud 3 part project including visit to IMMA

Group work in workshop

Depicting Diversity -Online workshops during lockdown

These workshops took place in 20 different primary school classes in DLR. The 5min video will tell you all you need to know!

Depicting Diversity – YouTube