Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery’s programmes for schools

Bring your class face-to-face with people past and present who contribute to the rich identity and diversity of British history, art and culture. Our engaging Gallery sessions use portraiture to inspire learning across the curriculum helping pupils and students learn about their own identity, British society and their place within it.

National Portrait Gallery Learning offers a wide range of free education tours, resources alongside charged workshops for Primary and Secondary school groups that support the use of portraiture across the curriculum focussing on History, Art, Literacy and Citizenship.


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020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001) education@npg.org.uk

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Jean 2015 by Jean-Paul Tibbles 2015 @ Jean-Paul Tibbles

Jean 2015 by Jean-Paul Tibbles
@ Jean-Paul Tibbles

Pupils' Choice: BP Portrait Award 2017

Bring your KS2 pupils to explore the portraits in this year’s BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition and consider the selected competition entries asking questions including;

What are the challenges of painting a portrait? What does an artist need to know about their sitter? What does it mean to paint someone ‘from life’? How is the competition judged and who would your pupils have picked?

This interactive session takes place in the exhibition and education studio spaces and includes both discussion and short drawing activities.

Sessions are 2 hours, available 10.30 – 12.30

Find out more

Follow @NPGSchools twitter account for updates and ideas to explore learning through portraiture.

Due to new guidelines regarding the care of the National Portrait Gallery Collection please be aware we no longer use chalk pastels in our Gallery based sessions.

Portrait Explorer

Portrait Explorer

Come to the Gallery and use our Portrait Explorer resource to research and plan your lessons. Discover inspirational sitters and significant individuals who can bring your teaching to life.

Portrait Explorer

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

Data Protection Act 1998: The National Portrait Gallery may take photographs of participants as part of standard gallery sessions. All images will be held securely by the Learning Department. In some cases, these images may be used to publicise the Gallery's services (on the website; promotional leaflets; displays etc.). Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your image for the above purpose. If further information is needed please telephone the Education Department on 020 7312 2483 (BT's Text Direct: 18001).

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