KS3-5 Art & Photography

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90 by Paul Cézanne. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995.47.5

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90 by Paul Cézanne.
National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995.47.5

Year 7 - 13

The National Portrait Gallery Collection contains a wide variety of portraits that represent the rich identity and diversity of British history, art and culture. Our Secondary Art & Photography programme for KS3+ students designed to help contextualise the purpose and process of portraiture and portrait making from the 16th Century to the present day. The Gallery is a unique learning environment where everyone is free to question and consider our Collection and respond either through discussion or creative activities.


Talks and Tours

Our programme of FREE Gallery sessions and talks aim to inspire and challenge students enabling them to analyse and respond to the Collection. Critical thinking skills are developed through discussion based activities.

Two session types are available, plus a range of themes:

Gallery session: 60 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 25 students

Lecture Theatre Discussions: 60 minutes
Maximum 90 students

FREE (unless otherwise stated) Cancellation and no-show charges apply.

Talks and Tours: Themes

Booking essential please click here to book


Practical Workshops

Using a range of artistic approaches and media, these sessions give students a hands-on opportunity to consider the purpose and process of portrait making.

All material provided

Two session types are available, plus a range of themes:

Art or Photography - Half Day Workshops:
10.30 – 12.30 or 13.30 - 15.30
One class, Min15; max 20.
£200 per class approx
Booking essential
Art or Photography: Themes and Bookings

Extended Practice- Full Day Workshops:
10.00 – 16.00 (lunch not included)
3 Groups (Min 15 - Max 20 per group) total capacity 60
£300 per class approx
Booking essential
Extended Practice: Themes and Bookings


New! Photography Portfolio Review: Feedback Surgery

These exclusive portfolio reviews provide an opportunity for A-level students to receive advice from professional photographers, and those who have a broad range of experience in contemporary photography, including curatorial and educational.

Each half-day surgery will consist of rotating group portfolio sessions with guest artists from the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2017, as well as feedback from a panel which may include professional photographers, gallery curators, university and Learning Freelancers, offering valuable critique and advice for students.

The session also includes free entry to the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2017

Booking essential please click here to book


Exhibitions & Displays Talks

For talks on our Exhibitions and Displays; please go to Exhibitions & Introductory Talks


Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist is a unique opportunity for students to connect with practising artists who are associated with the National Portrait Gallery through exhibitions, commissions and our programme of portrait prizes.

Dates for Meet the Artist sessions are released throughout the academic year. Please check our website, sign up to the schools termly newsletters or follow us on twitter.


Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London


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