Specially developed downloadable PDFs,audio and web-based resources to support school-based learning around portraiture and the Gallery’s exhibitions and the Collection.

Portrait Explorer

Portrait ExplorerUse our Portrait Explorer resource to research and plan your lessons. Discover inspirational sitters and significant individuals who can bring your teaching to life.

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Interviews with artists and sitters

InterviewsExplore how contemporary portraits were realised through interviews with artists and sitters, talking about the portrait process.

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ArtInvestigate and study a variety of portraits in different media from our collection through a series of resources organized thematically. Art techniques, Image and Identity, Portrait Photography, the Practice of Portraiture and Webquests.

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HistoryDiscover more about our collection and learn to read portraits as historical evidence.



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Benjamin Zephaniah, by Donald MacLellan, © Donald MacLellan, NPG x88746

Discover the faces of poets working today. Explore how photography and portraiture can enhance and shape poetry learning.

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Harry Stopes-Roe; Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes  by Bassano Ltd whole-plate glass negative, 26 June 1924 Given by John Morton Morris, 2004, NPG x127855

Discover ideas and lines of enquiry for how portraiture can support citizenship teaching in your classroom.

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Interactive classroom activities

Discover more about our collection and learn to read portraits as historical evidence.

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Zaha Hadid b.1950 by Michael Craig-Martin (b.1941) Wall mounted LCD monitor / computer with integrated software, 2008Series of resources to support SEN/ACCESS learning using key portraits from the collection.

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