Art Education Resources

Art Education Resources

Along with the selection of art education eJournals

that the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the list below outlines a selection of free online resources that can assist with art education research and practice.

MuseumsEtc eBooks

A collection of books for "museum and gallery professionals sharing best practice globally, addressing contemporary issues in a practical, authoritative and innovative way". Various books about museum outreach, engagement and learning are available from this publishing company. This resource is available through the NGI Library for a limited period (until 13 December 2020) as part of an initiative to assist research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free access is available on NGI computers including remote access to work PCs. Contact us at for passwords to access MuseumEtc eBooks outside of the Gallery network (i.e. on personal browsers).

International Council of Museums-Committee for Education and Cultural Action (ICOM-CECA)

An organisation focusing on the research and practice of museum education, public support and participation. CECA has more than 1,500 members from around 85 countries making it one of the largest committees within ICOM. The website offers news and events details relating to the sector of museum education along with a variety of free content. For example, most editions of the ICOM Education journal are available to view and download. 

National Arts Education Association (NAEA)

A professional membership organisation exclusively for visual arts educators including a division specifically for museum education (NAEA Museum Education Division). Art education news and resources available on the NAEA website provide ideas and tips useful to any cultural institution. The NAEA publish the journals 'Art Educators' and 'Studies in Art Education'. Both are available through the NGI Library and Archives. See our Art Education eJournals page for further details.

Visitor Studies Association (VSA)

A USA-based membership organisation "dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning experiences in informal settings through research, evaluation, and dialogue". While much of the VSA content is exclusively available via membership, subscription or one-off payments, the website offers some useful resources that are free to access such as their list of useful links.

Coursera: Art Education Learning

An online learning platform offering Massive Open Online Courses. A range of institutions and universities offer free online courses relating to art history and professional practice including art education. An example of which is Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes offered by the Museum of Modern Art. MoMA offers a variety of courses (see current courses available here) and simply searching for "art education" on the Coursera site will reveal many more. Learn about further course providers on our online courses page.

IMMA: What is Art?

IMMA have published several valuable resources online including the ‘What Is_?’ programme providing an introduction to some of the key concepts and themes in modern and contemporary art. The programme includes talks, booklets (example here) and web-based resources.

Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals: RAAMP

Aims to provide a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news for museum professionals. While the institutions of focus on this resource are mainly art museums in American universities, the tools and learning offered can be applied to almost any museum setting. RAAMP's content is divided into categories including outreach and engagement, diversity and inclusion, and exhibitions.


Museum Next

Up-to-date information about the museum world offering free articles, event guides and supplier directories.

Museum Next has a variety of relevant resources for museum education research including content on engagement and learning.

Getty Education

The Getty Museum have variety of resources available for every type of art educator and learner including Museum Educators, College Faculty and Students, Kids and Families, Adult Learners, and Teens. 

Various Education Resources on Museum Websites

Like the National Gallery of Ireland, many museums have wonderful educational resources online that can be utilised by a variety of individuals including teachers, students and parents. Keeping up to date with what other institutions are providing is a great way for museum educators to enhance their own educational resources. Some engaging museum education resources include: