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.
Find out more about our extensive programmes for students of photography here.
Gallery Sessions and Theatre Talks
Practical Art Workshops
Meet the Artist
A unique opportunity to ask Gallery-exhibiting artists questions about their process and approach.
Free CPD for Secondary Art Teachers
WebQuests: Interactive resources for schools from nine national museums. New Henry VIII webquest for KS3
A project encouraging young artists by the opportunities to meet and gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists, to make and share their own artwork and connect with other young people.