Secondary Art

Secondary Art

The National Portrait Gallery’s extensive permanent Collection and variety of temporary exhibitions makes the Gallery an exciting and relevant learning destination for Secondary Art students. We offer a range of FREE discussion and practical drawing sessions and workshops designed for Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, and post-16 courses. We also provide a range of CPD sessions to support teachers.

The broad range of portraiture approaches, themes and techniques offers learners huge scope for evaluation, response and discovery and a stimulating context of historical and contextual references.

All our taught sessions are delivered by our specialist team of artists and trained educators who have an extensive knowledge of the Collection, as well as an awareness of the relevant current curriculum requirements.

All equipment and materials are provided. We encourage students to bring their own sketchbooks or work journals to all sessions. 

Please see here for booking information, and download our supporting Teachers’ Notes and Digital Resources.

Find out more about our extensive programmes for students of photography here.


Gallery Sessions and Theatre Talks

Gallery Sessions and Theatre TalksTheoretical and practical sessions encourage students to engage with portraiture.

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Meet the Artist

Meet the artist

A unique opportunity to ask Gallery-exhibiting artists questions about their process and approach.

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Extended Learning

Extended LearningOut-of-school sessions to support formal and informal learning for Secondary school students and for Home Educated young people.

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Creative Careers

Creative and Media Diploma websiteAn exciting web resource taking you behind the scenes of an exhibition to reveal the creative and media opportunities open to students.


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