Reception to Year 2
Our engaging Gallery-based sessions are designed to raise pupils’ curiosity and build their confidence in looking at and responding to portraiture.
90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils
All materials are provided
What is a portrait? Why do we make them? Why do we display them? Pupils consider these questions on their first visit to the National Portrait Gallery. Through discussion, role play and drawing this interactive session encourages pupils to consider portraiture and the Collection making connections between the portraits and their own life experiences.
Pupils explore the lives of children from the past by learning to read two historic family portraits. Through discussion, role play, and drawing this interactive session encourages pupils to think, imagine and make connections between the portraits and their own life experiences.
by Albert Charles Challen
Pupils discover stories about the lives of significant individuals from the past. Through questioning, observation and drawing pupils explore how the lives and achievements of the sitter have been portrayed in the portraits and consider the role their display in the Gallery plays in informing our understanding of the sitter.
Samuel Pepys and Charles II
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
Why is having a portrait so important to Kings and Queens who have ruled our country? What objects and clothes are shown in their portraits and why? Through questioning, observation and drawing pupils consider; who decides who the next King or Queen will be? How they become the next monarch? Why monarchs and rulers used portraits to promote their power?
Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London
A unique opportunity for students to meet artists associated with the National Portrait Gallery.
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A project encouraging young artists with opportunities to gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists.