This section of our website contains lesson plans and toolkits that can be utilised by youth workers, second-level teachers and other practitioners. They have been made available through programmes developed and supported by the Arts Office.

Creative Approaches for Learning 2009 - 2012

Creative Approaches for Learning is an initiative of South Dublin County Council's Arts Office with the support of a number of organisations. Below are a number of practical lesson plans that link dance, music and the visual arts to other curriculum areas, promoting active learning.

The lesson plans below are from a Creative Approaches for Learning Seminar held at Firhouse Community College in September 2009 and at RUA RED in October 2010 - 2012. The aims of the seminars are to demonstrate practical ways that arts practice can be an aid to teaching for learning and for the curriculum as well as to promote new ways in which students and teachers may gain access to and experience in the arts. These seminars are an iniative of South Dublin County Council's Arts Office.

For 2012, landscape, community and association were common themes. Alicia McGivern, Head of Education at the IFI led a workshop on film. She examined landscapes, film adaptation and locations in The Hunger Games in order to provide practical activities applciable beyond that film. Geography, Art & Design, English and History were the focus. Drama practitioner Rebecca Bartlett led a workshop on Drama in the curriculum showing how role play can promote learning across they key skills in both the Junior and Senior Cycles. CoisCeim Broadreach Director and Choreographer, Philippa Donnellan, took participants through movement tasks that explore themes across areas such as Art & Design, History, CPSHE and the English Curriculum.



Film in the Curriculum.pdf

Drama in the Curriculum.pdf

Dance in the Curriculum-Social Change.pdf

The lesson plans for the 2011 seminar were created by Songschool; NCAD PhD student Emma Creighton; Dance Artist Louise Costelloe; and animator, illustrator and designer Maeve Clancy.


Dance and the English Curriculum.pdf

Learning through design thinking.pdf

Using Comics Across the Curriculum.pdf

Soundtracks lesson plan.pdf

The lesson plans for 2010 were created by Dancer/Choreographer Louise Costelloe; Music Education Development Coordinator Michael Fleming; Architect Aoife Banim and Development Officer for RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Carolyn Jones.



The 2010 event was supported by a talk by Derek West, Arts and Education Officer for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals; the Irish Architecture Foundation; and RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre.

Dance Workshop Across the Curriculum.pdf

Music and the History and English Curriculum.pdf

Architecture Across the Curriculum.pdf

Visual Art Exhibition and Curriculum Links.pdf

The lesson plans for 2009 were created by Dancer/Choreographer Louise Costelloe; Music Education Development Coordinator Michael Fleming; NOISE South Dublin Project Artist Fiona Hallinan; and South Dublin County Council's Youth Arts Coordinator, Victoria Durrer.

Dance-Art-Design Lesson Plan.pdf

Visual Arts-Creative Writing-IT Lesson Plan.pdf
This lesson plan also includes links between visual arts and english and foreign language

Music and other curriculum.pdf
This lesson plan includes links between music and geography, english, history, and foreign language subjects. 

Listen to NOISE

The toolkit provides steps for engaging young people in critical and creative thinking about issues important to them. Aimed at youth workers, the toolkit presents practical, hands-on and creative activities geared toward using song lyrics, writing and poster design to explore issues related to health, community, the environment and society. The design is based on a project of the same name which took place in 2009 through It was created by Marie Carey, Youth Arts Development Officer for Clondalkin and Ronanstown Youth Services, Jessica Tobin, Youth Development Worker for Clondalkin Youth Service, and Victoria Durrer, Youth Arts Coordinator for South Dublin County Council. It was funded by South Dublin County Council's Arts Office and supported by Catholic Youth Care and the County Dublin VEC, via Clondalkin Youth Service.

For a copy of the toolkit, please email the Youth Arts Coordinator at

Scribble Skills

In February 2010, Tallaght Community Arts hosted a training day for teachers and youth workers focused on developing public art projects, particularly related to graffiti and mural art, with young people. The project was funded by Dodder Valley Partnership through South Dublin County Council's Environmental Services. It was supported by Tallaght Community Arts, Tallaght Youth Service and South Dublin County Council's Arts Office.

A toolkit, available here, has been put together by these organisations to assist in the development of public art projects with young people.

Scribble Skills Toolkit-Final.pdf