Key Stage 2 - Music, Dance and Drama

National Portrait Gallery (2010) © National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery (2010)
© National Portrait Gallery
Years 3 to 6

Interpret portraits in new ways using a variety of performing arts approaches. At the end of these sessions, pupils get the opportunity to perform in the Gallery spaces in front of the portrait that inspired their work.

Minimum number of students is 10, maximum is 30.

Sing a Portrait

Music Workshops for Years 5 and 6 in partnership with English Touring Opera

September 2013
Weds 25/Mon 30

October 2013

Tues 1/Weds 2/Fri 4

May 2014

Tues 20/Weds21/Thurs 22/Fri 23

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

National Portrait Gallery and English Touring Opera team up to inspire pupils to use portraits as a starting point for developing class compositions. Exploring one portrait in detail and then composing a song about it, pupils will perform their completed compositions in front of the picture that inspired their music.

One class, maximum 30 pupils

Fee payable to English Touring Opera

For more details on Music, including costs, and all bookings please telephone English Touring Opera on 020 7833 2555 or email

Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Anthony Luvera, (2011)
© National Portrait Gallery

Henry Unton Workshop

Elizabethan Social History Interpreted in Tudor Dance for Key Stage 2

November 2013
Tues 26/Thurs 28/Fri 29

December 2013
Tues 3/Weds 4/Thurs 5

February 2014
Weds 5/Fri 7

ALL 10.30 to 12.30

Reconstruct the life of the Elizabethan ambassador Sir Henry Unton with this half-day session of mime and Tudor dance. Starting with a slide presentation of the portrait, discover fascinating aspects of Elizabethan social history, learn to dance a pavane and then use the music to mime different aspects of Unton's life. The session culminates in a performance of completed work in front of Unton's portrait in the Tudor Gallery.

All History workshops cater for a minimum of 18 students and a maximum of 30 students.

For a storytelling session involving drama see Literacy