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.





Join colleagues to share, discover and enjoy exploring education through portraits and portraiture.

Our CPD offer 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.  

Reflections: Three hour seminar usually linked to a temporary exhibition  with guest speakers.

Expressions: Artist lead practical one day workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity.

In Focus: Full day, in-depth focus with specialist speakers and expert insights on a specific exhibition or theme.

We also offer other practical activities, suitable for teachers, during our Thursday and Friday Late Shift evenings.

Bookings and RSVPs are essential and non refundable. Check these pages and under NEWS for more special previews and events to be announced during the year.

Teachers’ Events

Spotlight: Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris Preview

Thursday 20 November 2014
17.00 – 21.00

Meet colleagues,  join the Learning Department to find out about our learning offer for Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris  making connections to your classroom teaching.  Enjoy a glass of wine, collect resources and gain free exhibition entry.

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CPD: Portraiture for developing professional practise

Expressions: The Language of Portraits

Saturday 4 October 2014
11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch (not provided)

Guest artist Jake Spicer leads a Tour and Draw session through the Gallery’s permanent Collection, starting with the exciting Sir Anthony Van Dyck 

This 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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Reflections: Inside Photography: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Twilight: Critical Seminar for teachers

Thursday 27 November  2014
18:30 – 20:30

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.

£10

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Grayson Perry, by Eamonn McCabe, 2007 - NPG  - © Eamonn McCabe

Grayson Perry
by Eamonn McCabe
2007
NPG x131773

Expressions: Grayson Perry Who Are You?

Sunday 16 November 2014
11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch (not provided)

Guest Artist Jenny Binnie leads a practical workshop inspired by the new and exclusive display throughout the Galleries, Grayson Perry Who Are You?

£75 

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Expressions: Fashion and Adornment

Saturday 31 January 2015
11.00 – 16.00 (with a break for lunch not provided)
Suitable for Secondary Art Teachers

Working with fashion designer Georgia Lowe to gather ideas for classroom practice with this unique workshop designed to give teachers of Fashion, Art or Textiles the opportunity to draw inspiration from the Collection before experimenting with paper to create imaginative costume samples.

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Expressions: Oil Painting Workshop

Saturday 28 February 2015
11.00 -16.00 (with a break for lunch not provided)
Suitable for Secondary Art Teachers

Award-winning artist Isobel Peachey leads this practical oil painting workshop where teachers have the opportunity to explore and experiment with techniques. The day will begin with a visit to a major temporary painting exhibition, (title tbc)  

Free entry to the exhibition is included in the ticket price.  Further information about the context of this workshop will be released soon.

£75

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Expressions BP Portrait Award: Next Generation CPD workshop for Teachers

Saturday 4 July 2015

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

As oart of the ongoing BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project, teachers will  draw inspiration from BP Portrait Award 2015, and work with past BP Portrait Award winners to explore a wide range of painting techniques and collect ideas for approaching acrylic painting in the classroom.

£10

This teachers development session generously supported by BP.

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