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.



(John) Peter Warren Cochrane, by (Gordon) Howard Eliot Hodgkin, 1962 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

(John) Peter Warren Cochrane
by (Gordon) Howard Eliot Hodgkin
1962
NPG 6888

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.


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, circa 1520 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VIII
by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
circa 1520
NPG 4690

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 19 October 2016
Wed 16 November 2016
Wed 22 February 2017
Wed 22 March 2017
Wed 3 May 2017
Wed 7 June 2017
Emmeline Pankhurst, by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emmeline Pankhurst
by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
1927
NPG 2360

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 8 November 2016
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Tuesday 6 June 2017


Power and portraits

Discover the changing nature of powerful people 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**


Salman Rushdie (

Salman Rushdie ('The Moor')
by Bhupen Khakhar
1995
NPG 6352

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 20 October 2016
Thursday 17 November 2016
Thursday 2 February 2017
Thursday 9 March 2017
Thursday 27 April 2017
Thursday 18 May 2017
Thursday 22 June 2017
Thursday 13 July 2017


NEW – The Big Draw

Friday 30 September 2016
10.30 – 12.30

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

Kick start The Big Draw in your school by taking part in our Big Draw drawing morning. Working with a portrait artist and children’s illustrator Salvatore Rubbino pupils experiment with key portraiture skills in the lecture theatre. Pupils have the chance to meet children’s illustrator and discover how he found his own unique drawing style and discover tips for how they might start to develop their own.

Lecture theatre based drawing session (approx 60 mins) leads on to structured self-guided session of the Gallery spaces.

This event is part of The Big Draw, Campaign for Drawing

Book Online here
Max 90 pupils


Focus on Features

Tues 15 November 2016
10.30 – 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.

Book Online Here
Max 90 pupils


Frank Auerbach, by Frank Auerbach, 1994-2001 - NPG  - © Frank Auerbach / Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd / National Portrait Gallery, London

Frank Auerbach
by Frank Auerbach
1994-2001
NPG 6611

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. 1.5 hours. Session available on the following dates only

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Tuesday 10 January 2017
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Tuesday 20 June 2017
Tuesday 18 July 2017


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. 2 hours Session available on the following dates only.

Friday 7 October 2016
Friday 18 November 2016
Friday 20 January 2017
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.


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.

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

Sessions available on the following dates only

Tuesday 20 September 2016
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Friday 23 September 2016
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 / talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk


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


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