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
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Bring your KS2 pupils to explore the portraits in this year’s BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition and consider the selected competition entries asking questions including;
What are the challenges of painting a portrait? What does an artist need to know about their sitter? What does it mean to paint someone ‘from life’? 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
Mon 26 June
Wed 28 June
Fri 30 June
Mon 3 July
Wed 5 July
Fri 7 July
Mon 10 July
Wed 12 July
Fri 14 July
(John) Peter Warren Cochrane
by (Gordon) Howard Eliot Hodgkin
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 during the Summer term 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
King Henry VIII
by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
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 Wednesdays:
Wed 22 February 2017- Fully Booked
Wed 22 March 2017- Fully Booked
Wed 3 May 2017
Wed 7 June 2017
by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
Noteworthy Women (Y4, Y5 + Y6)
What challenges have women faced and overcome? What have the women on display achieved that is inspirational? Looking at a series of portraits of pioneering women pupils consider their achievements, discussing the importance that portraiture has to play in maintaining their legacy the class is invited to decide which historical woman they would choose to be represented on a banknote and why.
10.30 -12.30, 120 minutes
Session available on the following dates only.
Tuesday 21 February 2017- Fully Booked
Tuesday 21 March 2017 - Fully Booked
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Tuesday 6 June 2017
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.
Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888
by Henry Jamyn Brooks
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**
Salman Rushdie ('The Moor')
by Bhupen Khakhar
NEW - How do we see ourselves?
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 Thursdays only.
Thursday 2 February 2017 - Fully Booked
Thursday 9 March 2017
Thursday 27 April 2017
Thursday 18 May 2017
Thursday 22 June 2017
Thursday 13 July 2017
10.00 – 12.30
£60 per class of 30 pupils
(60 minute artist-led session followed by structured self guided activity in the Gallery)
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
Wednesday 17 May 2017 – Book Online
by Frank Auerbach
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. 1.5 hours. Session available on the following dates only
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017- Fully Booked
Tuesday 20 June 2017- Fully Booked
Tuesday 4 July 2017
Tuesday 18 July 2017
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. 2 hours Session available on the following dates only.
Friday 20 January 2017- Fully Booked
Friday 24 February 2017
Friday 28 April 2017
Friday 23 June 2017
Creative Storymaking: Portraits come alive
Through the use of tableaux, drama and dialogue, pupils use portraits of interesting people with adventurous and surprising lives as a springboard for their own imaginative open-ended approaches to oral storymaking.
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.
10.30 to 14.30 with a break for lunch (not provided)
Sessions available on the following dates only
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Thursday 25 May 2017
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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