Study Days

Study Days provide Secondary students with in-depth ways to critically explore themes and topics over a full day. Specifically designed and curriculum-linked, Study Days extend classroom study and offer a platform to research and gain further inspiration through interacting with the Collection or temporary exhibitions. Featuring specialist guest speakers and creative practitioners, Study Days are based in the Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre and may also include time in the Galleries with guided exhibition viewings, resources, discussions and some practical work, and opportunities to collaborate, participate and reflect.

Booking is essential.


Image and Identity Study Days

11.00-15.00 with a break for lunch (not provided)

Suitable for Secondary Art students KS4+

Van Dyck and the Face of Britain

Tuesday 29 September 2015
Working with artists to respond to students' own sense of self-image, students are encouraged to explore works from the history of portraiture specifically the Van Dyck: Transforming British Art and Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain displays.

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Diversity and Hidden Histories

Friday 8 June 2016
This session looks at aspects of diversity and hidden histories through specific works in the collection. Working with artists to respond to students' own sense of self-image, students are encouraged to analyse works from the history of portraiture. 

Both days include practical activities, time in the Galleries, discussions and feedback, with the opportunity to interact with artists, Gallery teaching staff and other students. Specific works of art are chosen to trigger exchanges and debates, led by Gallery teaching staff in an open-ended and student-centred way, allowing discursive and multi-directional associations and contextualization.

£12 per student (including booking fees)
Cancellation and non-attendance charges  apply. See terms and conditions

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Photography Study Day

Tuesday 2 December 2015

11.00-15.00 with a break for lunch (not provided)

Suitable for secondary art and photography students KS4+

This intensive Study Day offers students the opportunity to explore aspects of photography in the Collections as well as exploring images in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015  exhibition. Working with guest professional photographers, students discuss, research and engage with a wide range of photography approaches including practical tasks, in this full day of exciting and challenging events.

£12 per student (including booking fees and materials)
Cancellation and non-attendance charges  apply. See terms and conditions

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Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist, circa 1588 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown English artist
circa 1588
NPG 541

AS/A2 Tudor History Study Day

Suitable for Secondary History AS/A2 students

Comprehensive and unique Study Days developing historical skills required for source investigation. Visiting both the National Portrait Gallery and the Tower of London, groups participate in workshops studying portraiture and architecture from your chosen period. National Portrait Gallery gives a lecture theatre discussion followed by the opportunity for group work in front of portraits.

Select from the following topics:

Henry VII
Mid-Tudor
Elizabethans

Maximum 30 students
£12.35 per student, (minimum 15 students or minimum cost £185)

National Portrait Gallery cancellation and non-attendance charges  apply. See terms and conditions

We run two sessions per date listed below. Please state whether you want session A or session B.

Session A – Morning at National Portrait Gallery  – afternoon at HRP Tower of London

Session B – Morning at HRP Tower of London – afternoon at National Portrait Gallery

Dates for 2015/16 academic year are as follows:
Friday 9 October 2015
Friday 20 November 2015
Friday 15 Jan 2016
Friday 18 March 2016
Friday 22 April 2016

Please ensure you check which session you book (session A or B) as they start at different locations.

For more information or to book, please contact the Tower of London Education Service on 020 3166 6646 http://www.hrp.org.uk/howtobookeducationattoweroflondon


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