Germany to Dublin

Two German teachers completed one week of Job Shadowing in the field of Arts in Dublin in the middle of May.

The teachers were hoping to broaden their horizons by travelling abroad and networking by meeting
teachers in their field in another European country as well as meeting professionals in the field of Arts or
Crafts Jewellery.
Besides meeting Irish teachers, they also had the opportunity to meet Italian primary school teachers who
completed a job shadowing project with Enso at the same time in Dublin.
Moreover, they were able to explore Dublin’s huge variety of Art studios and galleries.
Besides the intercultural experience, they also wanted to have the opportunity of getting inspiration by
networking with professionals in Dublin and exchanging work practices.
Moreover, they were interested in getting to see Colleges or Universities in Ireland and exploring similarities
and diversities in comparison to their own College in Germany.

As mentioned above, ENSO scheduled a programme for 2 teachers in an arts related field, including some
elements of jewellery making due to the fact that one of the teachers is not only an Art teacher but also a
Goldsmith.
On their first day, the teachers went on a tour of a University led by a student ambassador including visiting a
radio studio which is used by students of communication.
At another College, the teachers had the opportunity to meet several Art Teachers of diverse fields including
Design, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Illustration.
The day after, they also got to see Trinity College including the admission to the Book of Kells and the Old
Library. Trinity College is one of the main attractions of Dublin, and at the same time interesting for any
teacher to explore.
Furthermore, they went to see an exhibition and attended a talk by a lecturer from the National College of Art
and Design in Dublin.
Additionally, ENSO scheduled visits at some galleries and art offices, where artists and other professionals
explained their programmes for children and adults. They also explained how they helped them to
understand and contribute to the artistic life that surrounds them by engaging in imaginative ways with
artworks in the collection, exhibitions and visual art practice.
The art teacher, who is also a Goldsmith, was interested to see the National Museum of Ireland including its
impressive gold collection. Therefore, ENSO was happy to arrange a tour for them. They also did a tour
about conservation in the conservation studios of textiles, folklife, archaeology, furniture, applied arts and
ceramics.
Finally, the two teachers also went to meet an Irish Goldsmith in his craft jewellery school in Dublin and got
to see his workshop and his ways of working.