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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Secondary Sketching Mornings

 Picasso Portraits

Secondary Sketching Mornings are a great opportunity to explore Picasso Portraits at a time when the exhibition is closed to the public and open exclusively to secondary (KS3+) school groups. These monthly Sketching Mornings are a part facilitated and part self-directed activity. Groups are free to view the exhibition, sketch and discuss, alongside the Learning team who are on-hand to support with a range of tips and techniques.

Please bring A4 sketchbooks and dry drawing materials. Some paper, pencils and activity resources will be provided.

Picasso Portraits learning programme supported by Goldman Sachs.

Tuesday 18 October 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016
Tuesday 31 January 2017
10.00 – 11.00
10.30 – 11.30
11.00 – 12.00
11.30 – 12.30 (please be aware that from 12.00 onwards members of the general public will have access to the exhibition)

Spaces limited.
Three groups per time slot, each group slot minimum 15 students; maximum 20.
£5 per student.

Minimum 2 group leaders (free); maximum 5: £5 per additional group leader.

Booking essential. To book your group visit please call 020 7321 6600.

Cancellation and non-attendance charges apply for all schools and colleges events. See terms and conditions.

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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