CPD & Teachers' Events

Our range of professional development programmes introduce the Gallery as an educational resource, supporting teachers to interpret portraiture and develop programming ideas for classroom work and Gallery visits.

We offer a CPD programme of practical workshops, after-hours private views, artist talks and taster sessions giving teachers a special insight into our Collections and temporary exhibitions.

Bookings are essential and non refundable. Please sign up to our termly e-newsletter or follow us on twitter @NPGSchools #NPGSchools for updates as new events are released.

Join colleagues to share, discover and enjoy exploring education through portraits and portraiture. For an outline of the different categories for our free and charged CPD and events click here



Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, circa 1640 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Anthony van Dyck
by Sir Anthony van Dyck
circa 1640
NPG 6987

Teachers’ Events

Please check back with the website, sign up to our termly e-newsletter or follow us on twitter @NPGSchools #NPGSchools for updates as new events are released

Spotlight: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art
Twilight event: Teacher Preview - Expert Insight for the classroom

Thursday 24 September 2015
17.45 – 20.00 

Join us for a talk on the history of the self-portrait exploring why and how artists have chosen to represent themselves from the past to the present day. Focusing on Sir Anthony van Dyck’s last Self-portrait, c.1640, one of the most remarkable self-portraits ever created in Britain, teachers gain an insight into how Van Dyck changed portraiture in Britain and the lasting impact his work has had up until the present day.

FREE
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Sir Henry Lee, by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro), 1568 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Henry Lee
by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
1568
NPG 2095

Spotlight: Take Another Look - The Tudors
Twilight event: Teacher Preview - Expert insight for the classroom

Thursday 1 October 2015
17.45 – 20.00 

Join us for a Curator’s talk exploring the new hang of our Tudor portraits. Rediscover well-known monarchs and learn about lesser-known portraits as well as recent research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

 Learn from Associate Curator of 16th Century Collection, and gain insight in to helping your pupils and students understand how and why such images were made and what purpose they served in their time.

FREE
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Bust of Annette by Alberto Giacometti, 1954. Private Collection © Alberto Giacometti Estate, 1954 ACS/DACS, 2015

Spotlight: Giacometti: Pure Presence
Twilight event: Teacher Preview - Expert Insight for the classroom

Thursday 22 October 2015
17.45 – 20.00 

Join us for a talk and exhibition viewing considering an unknown side to the artist Giacometti in the fiftieth anniversary year of his death. Widely celebrated as one of the giants of modern art, come and discover his almost continuous but less well known involvement with portraiture. The Giacometti: Pure Presence exhibition exposes the singular, obsessive and intense nature of Giacometti’s portraits. ‘Repetition, variation, accretion and dissolution are revealed as vital elements in his extraordinary vision.’

FREE

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BP Portrait Award : Next Generation Teachers' CPD day
And meet this year’s Winner! Matan Ben Cnaan.
Saturday 4 July 11.00 – 16.00

A professional development day around painted portraiture for secondary art teachers. This is an opportunity to work with practicing artists, including Matan Ben Cnaan, winner of BP Portrait Award 2015, find out about the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project for young people interested in portraiture, and learn painting tips and techniques to produce a self-portrait in acrylic or oil on canvas. All materials provided.

FREE. Bookings essential

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Audrey Hepburn in costume for 'The Secret People'
by Bassano Ltd, 21 November 1950

Expressions: Practical Photography workshop for teachers

​Wednesday 15 July 2015

11.00 – 16.00 (lunch not provided)

Inspired by the exhibition, Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, work with professional photographer Anthony Luvera to learn how to use Digital Large Format 5/4 cameras and studio lighting to:

  • Gather new knowledge and inspiration for your classes.
  • Improve technical skills
  • Experiment with approaches to studio photography using professional equipment in a studio setting.
  • Develop your own ideas and photographic portraits.

£75 per person (including booking fees, exhibition entry and all materials)

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Expressions: The Language of Portraits

Practical Drawing Workshop

Sunday 3 October 2015

11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch (not provided)

Guest artist and life drawing expert, Jake Spicer, author of the essential book on portraiture skills Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, leads a Tour and Draw session through the Gallery’sCollection.

This workshop supports teachers with ways of approaching self-portraiture and gives the opportunity to share ideas and discuss ways of using portraiture to support multi-model literacy and enhance visual language.

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£75 per person (including booking fees and all materials)


Expressions: Masterful Portraits

Practical Painting Workshop

Saturday 31 October 2015

11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch (not provided)

Guest portrait artist, and author of the book ‘Sight-size Portraiture’, Nicholas Beer, leads this exciting oil painting workshop, where teachers have the opportunity to explore and experiment with traditional artists techniques attributed to the great masters. The day will begin with a visit to Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain display and the Van Dyck and Self Portraiture in Britain display.

£75 per person (including booking fees and all materials)

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Expressions: Portraiture for Learning
Primary Teachers’ Practical Workshop CPD

Saturday 21 November 2015
11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch - not provided)

Sign up for this one day practical CPD workshop and discover innovative ways in which portraiture can support cross-curricular learning in the primary classroom. Working with a practising artist this workshop explores creative and experimental approaches to making portraiture. Discover how the making process can support pupil dialogue and develop their thinking around image, identity, community, place and their own life experiences.

Learn how to use portraiture to help your pupils record, express and respond to the world around them.

£75 per person (including booking fees and all materials)


Reflections: Inside Photography: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015   

Twilight: Critical Seminar for teachers

Thursday 26 November 2015
18:30 – 20:30

Includes Free Exhibition Entry

Critically engage with contemporary portrait photography concepts, examine key works and meet exhibiting photographers in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Resources and a glass of wine provided.

£15 per person (including booking fees, exhibition entry and all materials)
Booking essential.

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Margaret Morris, by Walter Benington, 1918 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Margaret Morris
by Walter Benington
1918
NPG x128743

Expressions Twilight: The Photographers Studio- 5/4 Camera Workshop for Teachers

​Thursday 14 January 2016
18.00 – 20.00 (lunch not provided)

Inspired by the Curators Choice display work with professional photographer Anthony Luvera to learn how to use Digital Large Format 5/4 cameras and studio lighting .

£25 per person (including booking fees and all materials)

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Expressions: Primary Drawing Skills
Primary Teachers’ CPD  Drawing Workshop

Saturday 6 February 2016
11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch - not provided)

Join us for a one day practical CPD workshop designed for educators without much portraiture drawing experience or those who would like to refresh their approach to teaching portraiture and drawing in the primary classroom.  Working with a practising artist, this practical one day workshop will develop your portraiture drawing skills for use in the primary classroom. Looking at both traditional and more expressive approaches.

£75 per person (including booking fees and all materials)

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Our range of free and charged CPD and teachers’ events fall under the following categories:


Spotlight

An evening preview of our Collection. Free exhibition entry with guest speaker. Share a glass of wine and ideas with colleagues. FREE


Saturday Spotlight

Morning preview of our Collection. Free exhibition entry. Enjoy discussions with colleagues and gallery learning staff over tea, coffee and biscuits. Teachers packs provided. £15 per person


Reflections

Three hour seminar usually linked to a temporary exhibition with guest speakers. £10 per person / £15 per person for charged exhibitions


Expressions

Artist-led practical one day workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £75 per person


Expressions Twilight

Artist-led practical twilight two hour workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £25 per person


In Focus

Full day, in-depth focus with specialist speakers and expert insights on a specific exhibition or theme. £40 per person


The Gallery also runs practical activities, which are suitable for teachers to join, during our Thursday and Friday Late Shift evenings.


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