KS2

Years 3 to 6

Our engaging Gallery based sessions are designed to raise pupils’ curiosity and build their confidence in looking at and responding to portraiture. Discussion-based activities are designed to develop pupils’ critical thinking and enquiry skills. Drawing activities support learning in the sessions.

90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils
All materials are provided

FREE (unless otherwise stated) Cancellation and non-attendance charges apply. See terms and conditions. Booking Essential.


Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90 by Paul Cézanne. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995.47.5

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90 by Paul Cézanne.
National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995.47.5

Cézanne Portraits

Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30
Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6

£180 per class 30 pupils – price includes exhibition entrance

Full-day practical workshop includes a visit to the Cézanne Portraits exhibition. Pupils learn about the special characteristics of Cézanne’s portraiture, including his unique method of building form with colour.

Session available on the following dates:

Monday 6 November 2017
Monday 13 November 2017
Monday 20 November 2017

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Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies) by Camille Silvy Purchased, 1904 NPG Ax61380

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies) by Camille Silvy
Purchased, 1904
NPG Ax61380

Documenting Diversity in Victorian England: Mary Seacole and Victorian Photographic Portraits

What do photographs and paintings reveal about our past? How do we use images to understand diversity in Victorian England? Why is it important to keep researching and changing how we look at our country’s history?

This session is only suitable for classes who already have some initial knowledge of the Victorian period and Mary Seacole.

Y4 – Y6

Sessions are 1.5 hours, available 11.00 – 12.30 or 13.00 – 14.30

Monday 2 October 2017
Monday 9 October 2017
Monday 16 October 2017
Monday 30 October 2017

Karl Ohiri and Rikka Kassinen Boy Scout, May 2016

Karl Ohiri and Rikka Kassinen
Boy Scout, May 2016

Pupils' Choice: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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

What are the challenges of taking a photographic portrait?
How can a photograph portray someone’s identity as an individual?
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 on the following dates:

Monday 8 January 2018
Monday 15 January 2018
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Monday 22 January 2018
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Monday 29 January 2018
Wednesday 31 January 2018


Patrick Heron
by Patrick Heron
1951
NPG 6540

Self- Portraits

How have artists chosen to represent themselves from the past to the present day? What are the challenges of self-representation? A series of short drawing tasks help pupils consider different techniques, styles and media, Pupils applying an artist’s creative and critical thinking collecting ideas which can be further developed back in the classroom.


Modern and Contemporary - Colour, Expression, Form

How is colour expression and form used in modern and contemporary portraiture? Looking at developments in use of media pupils learn to ‘think like an artist’ considering their critical and creative choices in conveying the life of the sitter. Through questioning, discussion and a series of short drawing tasks pupils collect ideas that can be further developed back in the classroom.

Session not available until Wed November 15 2017 due to room closures.

 

Getting the Message

How do you ‘read’ a portrait? What is the message within the image? Pupils analyse the artist’s creative choices in portraying the personality and life of the sitter in a historic portrait. Through pose, gesture, setting and objects, pupils apply their knowledge of how composition and symbols can convey a message in a series of drawing exercises.

Years 3 to 4: Regency portraits
Years 5 to 6: Reynolds and his contemporaries


Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown continental artist
circa 1575
NPG 2082

Questioning the Tudors

What purpose did portraits serve in Tudor times? How were they made and who for? What information do they tell us about the past? Starting with portraits of key Tudor personalities, pupils consider the importance of portraits as evidence. Pupils develop their historical enquiry, questioning and reasoning skills learning how to ‘think like a Historian’ building confidence in asking key questions and giving supporting evidence for their ideas.

**This session is only suitable for classes who already have some initial knowledge of the Tudor period. It does not include a drawing activity**


The Real Tudors – Workshop

How were Tudor portraits made? What evidence tells us this? How does the Gallery conserve them? Pupils learn about Tudor methods of making a portrait and how the Gallery cares for the oldest part of the collection in this hands-on session in the Gallery and Education Studio spaces.

Sessions are 2.5 hours, available 10.00 – 12.30 on the following dates:

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Wednesday 6 June 2018


Power and portraits

Discover powerful people from the past to the present day – Monarchs, Politicians, Celebrities. Pupils explore the changing nature of power in the country and consider and the role portraiture plays in communicating power.


How did Victorians see themselves?

Come and explore the Victorian galleries and consider how the Victorians viewed their world. What are the similarities and differences between modern day visitors? Whose achievements did Victorians celebrate and why? What impact did these people have on our world today? Pupils investigate Gallery spaces and consider how Victorian Britain is evidenced in portraits.

**This session is only suitable for classes who already have some initial knowledge of the Victorian period. It does not include a drawing activity**


NEW - How do we see ourselves?

Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30
Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6

£120 per class 30 pupils

Full-day practical workshop takes place in the Gallery and education studio spaces. How do we see ourselves? How do we see others? How are we seen in the world around us? Pupils explore multiple layers of their identity inc; emotions, beliefs and cultural background. Collecting ideas pupils ask how communities can be portrayed visually using symbols, colour and form, reimagining an alternative to the traditional school class portrait.

Session available on the following dates.

Friday 20 October 2017 Book Online
Friday 17 November 2017 Book Online
Friday 26 January 2018 Book Online
Friday 9 March 2018 Book Online
Friday 18 May 2018 Book Online
Friday 15 June 2018 Book Online


King George IV
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1814
NPG 123

Focus on Features

10.00 – 12.30
KS2
£60 per class of 30 pupils
(90 minute artist-led session followed by structured self guided activity in the Gallery)

Pupils master portraiture drawing skills on this portrait artist-led drawing session focusing specifically on how to draw features. Pupils learn easy to follow steps in portraiture, collecting tips and tricks that will immediately improve their portraiture skills and impress their friends and family. This interactive lecture theatre session focuses on portraiture drawing skills leading to a structured self guided visit of the Gallery.

Max 90 pupils

Available on following dates:

Wednesday 17 January 2018 Book Online
Wednesday 9 May 2018 Book Online


Frank Auerbach
by Frank Auerbach
1994-2001
NPG 6611

Exploring Drawing

Exploring Drawing

Bring your pupils on Artist led drawing sessions that take place in the Gallery spaces. Pupils explore a range of drawing and mark making techniques. Learning traditional and experimental approaches to expression, emotion, gaze, pose, gesture. This drawing workshop builds pupils’ confidence in observational drawing and responding creatively to portraits.

Sessions are 1.5 hours, available 10.30 – 12.00 on the following dates:

Tuesday 3 October 2017
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Tuesday 16 January 2018
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Tuesday 17 April 2018
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Tuesday 5 June 2018


Henryk Gotlib
by Henryk Gotlib
circa 1942
NPG 6642

Making Faces

How can you make a 2D image into a 3D portrait? Pupils explore a range of experimental making techniques in this artist-led 3D making sessions. Learning experimental and abstract approaches to creating expression, emotion, gaze, pose, gesture in 3D. Session takes place in front of portraits in the Gallery spaces.

Sessions are 2 hours, available 10.30 – 12.30 on the following dates:

Friday 6 October 2017
Friday 19 January 2018
Friday 23 February 2018
Friday 27 April 2018
Friday 22 June 2018


Music

Sing a Portrait

National Portrait Gallery and English Touring Opera team up to use portraits as a springboard to inspire a new musical composition. Exploring one portrait in detail , pupils follow their imagination and interest to create and perform a unique composition in front of the portrait that inspired their music.

10.00 to 14.30 with a break for lunch (not provided)

Sessions available on the following dates only

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Wednesday 20 September 2017
Friday 22 September 2017
Tuesday 22 May 2018
Wednesday 23 May 2018
Friday 25 May 2018

One class, maximum 30 pupils

Fee payable to English Touring Opera

For more details on Sing a Portrait, including costs, and all bookings please telephone English Touring Opera on 020 7833 2555 / daniel.coelho@englishtouringopera.org.uk


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


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