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. Charged event 

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

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

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

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.

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

Teachers’ Events

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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)

Book online

BP Portrait Award : Next Generation Teachers' CPD day
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 practising artists, including a past winner of BP Portrait Award, to view 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 on canvas. All materials provided.

FREE. Bookings essential

Book online (Bookings open 1 May members / 12 May non-members)

npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration #BPNextGen

CPD: Portraiture for developing professional practise

Please note, the following events are charged.

In Focus: ‘Sing a Portrait’ CPD day for Primary Teachers

Expert insight for the classroom
Thursday 25 June 2015
10.30 – 16.00 (lunch not provided)

Unlock the creative power of portraiture and music for your primary pupils. This one-day CPD workshop explores the methodology behind ‘Sing a Portrait’ KS2 workshops run by the National Portrait Gallery and English Touring Opera. Learn how to use a single portrait to ignite your primary pupils’ creativity and follow their curiosity working collaboratively to create and perform their own musical composition.

Working with professional musicians from English Touring Opera, a post-graduate musician from the Royal Academy of Music and National Portrait Gallery Learning staff, CPD day participants take part in a collaborative music workshop culminating in performing their new composition in the Gallery spaces. Discover strategies to support cross-curricular work bringing art, history and literacy together with music.

£40 pp (inc booking fees)

Book Online via Eventbrite

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