CRAFTed 2021

In response to the current health emergency the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) CRAFTed programme will take a break from the classroom for 2021. However, we still wish to continue the positive engagement with primary school teachers and students throughout Ireland with two new exciting offerings for 2021.

CRAFTed Online Education Resource Bank 

CRAFTed Hands-on workshops for Primary School Teachers


CRAFTed Online Education Resource Bank 

We will use this time to create a CRAFTed - Online Education Resource Bank that primary school teachers and students throughout Ireland can engage with safely in the classroom and at home via our website. 


A call has gone out to the Design & Crafts Council Ireland Education Panel who have worked on CRAFTed for many years asking for proposals for craft and design-based learning resource ideas, that the Design & Crafts Council Ireland will then commission to be made. We are working with a panel of primary school teachers to ensure these resources are what teachers need to support the delivery of the Visual Arts Curriculum in Irish classrooms. The resources will explore not only the techniques and materials craftspeople and designers use but also give insights into where in Ireland they work, what inspires them and a peek into their studios. We are really excited to work on this project and know it will be a very useful and engaging bank of education resources for Irish primary school teachers for years to come. 




CRAFTed – Hands On workshops for Primary School Teachers - VIRTUAL

Planning and designing craft & design-based class projects, through themes, materials and skills that support an integrated process-led approach to the curriculum. Hands-on exploration of drawing, painting, fabric & fibre, printmaking, clay and construction through self-reflective practice. The course offers confidence building and an opportunity for the teacher to explore their own creativity whilst being mindful of transferable skills to the classroom and across age ranges.  This course is run by professional craftspeople and designers in collaboration with the Design & Crafts Council Ireland and based on 10 years’ experience in Irish classrooms through CRAFTed.


For Who

Irish primary school teachers who want new ideas for the classroom to support the Visual Art Curriculum



Spring/Summer term 2021. One 2-hour workshop for 6 weeks


What to Expect


  • Expect lots of new ideas and techniques that are ‘doable’ with a large class using materials that are accessible. You will cover Drawing & Colour, Fabric & Fibre, Construction, Clay and Print.

  • Five visual art workshops with professional craftspeople covering each strand of the VA curriculum with a focus on transferable skills for the classroom.

  • Participants will be invited to undertake a project with their students exploring at least one of the new techniques they have learned and feed back to their peers on this experience.

  • An overarching theme for this suite of workshops will demonstrate how each of the strands can support and feed into each other.

  • To evidence your experience each participant will be asked to create a 2minute video/presentation to document the application of a new technique in the classroom and keep a reflective journal.

  • Final session is a regroup to see how each participant got on in the classroom applying the learning.


How to Apply

Education Centres that will host the CRAFTed – Hands On workshops for Primary School Teachers are listed below.  You can contact your chosen Education Centre to secure a place on this course. Places are limited as this is an interactive workshop.

Clare Education Centre 

Course starting March 4th, 2021

Mayo Education Centre 

Donegal Education Centre 

Sligo Education Centre 

Carrick On Shannon Education Centre 

Course starting March 11th, 2021. Book through Mayo Education Centre

Limerick Education Centre

Tralee Education Centre

Laois Education Centre

Course starting March 18th, 2021

Please note the course varies slightly in cost depending on the Education Centre. Cost set by individual Education Centres.

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