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

School bookings for 2017/2018 academic year open on Monday 10th July 2017

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

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Room Closure

Planning a visit this summer? Please be aware that rooms 30 and 31 are currently closed for refurbishment until mid-October 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can search the Collection to see what is currently on display here

Studies for Four Character Heads, c.1500-15 Workshop of Hans Holbein the Elder UCL Art Museum, University College London, (EDC -1223)

Studies for Four Character Heads, c.1500-15
Workshop of Hans Holbein the Elder UCL Art Museum, University College London, (EDC -1223)

Language of Portraits Practical Drawing Workshop

Saturday 15 July 2017
11.00 – 16.00

Guest artist and historic drawing techniques expert, Nelson Ferreira, leads an full day practical workshop inspired by the  Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt. This workshop supports teachers with ways of approaching portraiture through traditional methods including gold-point and gives teachers the opportunity to explore how historic techniques can be used back in the classroom.

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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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