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 and after-hours exhibition twilight with guest speakers, which give our teaching audiences a special insight into our Collections and exhibitions.

Bookings are essential and non refundable. Please sign up to our termly e-newsletter. New events will be released throughout 2017/18 academic year.


Teachers’ Twilight Events

Join us to discover how our exhibition programme can support your teaching. These illustrated talks, with special guest speakers, give you the opportunity to share ideas with fellow educators and spark discussions to support teaching in the classroom.

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer Teacher Twilight events for free. Please note that to cover costs there is charge of £20 per head for no shows or cancellations made after 10am the Monday before the event. We will be able to offer spaces to those on the waiting list.

 

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

Cézanne Portraits

Thursday 2 November 2017
17.45-20.00

Free – Cancellation / no show charges apply

Join us to explore the Cézanne Portraits exhibition which brings together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK. Learn from our guest speaker about the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of Cézanne’s portraiture, including his unique method of building form with colour.

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Teachers’ Seminar: Race, Slavery, Image, Impact
Teaching sensitive history through portraiture
Thursday 16 November 2017

17.45 – 20.00
Free – Cancellation / no show charges apply

Join us to explore the challenges of effectively working with the emotive subject of race, slavery, imagery and it's impact, specifically focusing on the role that portraits, and the National Portrait Gallery Collection in particular, can play in supporting teaching in the classroom. Key speakers talk exclusively to teachers about their work, raising questions and offering strategies and lines of enquiry for the classroom (including use of language and creative approaches to sensitive history).

Guest Speakers:

Simon Frederick – Artist, Photographer and Filmmaker. Artist of the Gallery's recent major photographic acquisition and director of recent four part BBC series Black is the New Black

Dr Katie Donington - Post-doctoral Research Associate (The Antislavery Usable Past) at the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. Writer who has published academic and popular work on slavery, memory, identity, public history and representation.

Jean Campbell – Artist Educator and Trainer. Her work focuses on working with sensitive histories including Transatlantic Slavery,

Abdul Mohamud - Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL – Institute of Education and member of the Historical Association’s Secondary Committee. He is co-author of ‘Doing Justice to History: Transforming Black history in secondary schools’.

Booking essential please click here to book

 

Fabio Forin Wing, June 2016
Fabio Forin
Wing, June 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Thursday 23 November 2017
17.45-20.00

Free – Cancellation / no show charges apply

Learn from the expertise of our guest speaker and explore the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, the leading international photographic portrait competition and exhibition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from gifted amateurs and photography students to established professionals.

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Teachers’ Expressions Events

Expressions: Masking Life and Death, Curator’s Talk and Practical Studio Workshop
Saturday 4 November 2017

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

Meet Gallery Associate Curator Rab MacGibbon to explore and discuss the display Life, Death and Memory, looking at ways artists have frequently explored their mortality in self-portraits. Including the newly-acquired example of Tracey Emin’s Death Mask, a bronze cast of the artist’s head, blurring the distinctions between life and death, art and identity. Teachers also take an exclusive look behind the scenes with the Senior Conservation Manager to observe some original death masks from the Gallery’s extensive Archives .

In the afternoon, teachers have the opportunity to explore these concepts further, working with an artist to create their own death/life masks.

Booking essential please click here to book

 

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

Expressions: Sitting for Cézanne
Saturday 2 December 201711.00 – 16.00

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

Guest artist Andy Pankhurst will share his expertise for an intensive studio workshop inspired by the major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits. Over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK will be exhibited for the first time.

This exclusive, full-day oil painting workshop gives teachers the opportunity to explore Cézanne’s unique approach and style, as well as gain valuable practical guidance and support.
Teachers work closely with the guest artist to study a live sitter in a studio setting and, in turn, gather new techniques and ideas for the classroom.

Booking essential please click here to book

Alice Liddell
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
Summer 1858
NPG P991(1)

Expressions: Shooting Giants: 5/4 (digital back) Camera Workshop
Practical Photography workshop for teachers
Saturday 7 April 2018

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

Inspired by the extraordinary exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography Exhibition, work with professional photographers Gisela Tores and Elizabeth Doak 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.

Teachers’ CPD

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

 

Twilight

An evening twilight event. Free exhibition entry with guest speaker. Share a glass of wine and ideas with colleagues.

 

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

 

The Gallery also runs practical activities, which are suitable for teachers to join, during our Thursday and Friday Late Shift evenings. For updates on our Schools’ Programme please sign up to our termly e-newsletter


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


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