KS3-5 Art & Photography

(John) Peter Warren Cochrane
by (Gordon) Howard Eliot Hodgkin
1962
NPG 6888

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 has been 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.


Secondary+ Sketching Mornings

Secondary+ Sketching Mornings are now open to KS3 – 5 groups.  

These sessions are a great opportunity to explore Picasso Portraits at a time when the exhibition is closed to the public and open exclusively to KS3 – 5 students. These monthly Sketching Mornings are a part facilitated and part self-directed activity.

Groups are free to view the exhibition, sketch and discuss. The Learning team will also be on-hand to support with a range of tips and techniques, during a half hour facilitated sketching slot. More information


Picasso Portraits learning programme supported by Goldman Sachs.

10.00 – 12.00
Tuesday 31 January 2017

£5 per student


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 138 students

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

Talks and Tours: Themes

Booking essential


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.
£10 per student approx
Booking essential
Art or Photography: Themes and Bookings

Extended Practice- Full Day Workshops:
10.00 – 16.00 (lunch not included)
4 Groups (Min 15 - Max 20) total capacity 80
£15 per student approx
Booking essential
Extended Practice: Themes and Bookings


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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