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.


School Programme- Bookings Now Open

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

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Secondary+ Sketching Mornings

 Picasso Portraits

Secondary+ Sketching Mornings are now open to KS3 – 5 groups.  

These sessions are a great opportunity to explore Picasso Portraits at a time when the exhibition is closed to the public and open exclusively to KS3 – 5 students. These monthly Sketching Mornings are a part facilitated and part self-directed activity.

Groups are free to view the exhibition, sketch and discuss. The Learning team will also be on-hand to support with a range of tips and techniques, during a half hour facilitated sketching slot. More information

Picasso Portraits learning programme supported by Goldman Sachs.

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Boy Scout by Karl Ohiri and Riika Kassinen 2016 © Karl Ohiri and Riika Kassinen

Book Now –  KS2 Pupils’ Choice: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Bring your KS2 pupils to explore the portraits in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 exhibition and consider the selected competition entries asking questions including;

What are the challenges of taking a photographic portrait? How is the competition judged and who would your pupils have picked? More information

Book Now – Yr 2  Portraits and Pose: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Help your Year 2 pupils develop their drawing and observation skills on this portraiture and pose session. Through a range of short drawing tasks pupils develop their enthusiasm for self-expression, focusing on the entire body, using portraits from the Collection as inspiration. More information
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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