Gallery Sessions and Theatre Talks
Gallery Discovery Tours
Suitable for KS3 +
An explorative, lively gallery tour, engaging students directly with works from our permanent Collection. Responding to a wide range of learning models to develop individual thinking and ideas.
Gallery Discovery Tour: 1 hour, maximum 25 students
Collection Illustrated Talks
We offer lecture theatre based discussions, looking works from and beyond our Collection to explore a theme. Held in the Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre, these talks are ideal for larger classes or groups of classes and a great starter for before Gallery visits or drawing activities.
Illustrated Talks: 1 hour
Suitable for GCSE or A-Level.
All sessions Monday to Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00Led by our Learning Freelancer team of artists and teachers, these sessions aim to sharpen your students’ observation and sketchbook skills, giving students’ new ways to develop their sketchbooks in the Gallery spaces.
Fashion and Adornment
In the Gallery’s vast Collection, clothes, accessories, jewels and makeup can be seen to reinforce character and status. Students are encouraged to explore and interpret different styles of fashion, adornment and costume from the Tudors to Contemporary Portraits.
Image and Identity
Who are you?
Young people are continuously exploring how to convey to others who they are and what they feel. Our teaching staff use a variety of teaching models including object association to promote lively discussion and enquiry, exploring ways in which portraits of British achievers from our time and from history can be interpreted in terms of the sitter's own image and identity.
Look at me, what do you see?
Discover the mood, form and process behind some of the most interesting self- portraits in our Collection. Exploring self-presentation and context, students are encouraged to enquire through a variety of learning models including discussion, object association and interpretation.
The Photographic Portrait
Students observe samples from the Gallery’s Collection of photographs to explore and make connections between a wide variety of forms and processes, considering the relationships between contemporary approaches and older works to express their own ideas and observations.
Signs and Symbols
Can you crack the codes?
Artists have used the language of visual symbols for centuries, for example, a rose or a skull can suggest love or death. Explore symbolism in portraits from the Tudors to the contemporary collection, detecting hidden meanings and messages throughout the gallery.
The Abstract Portrait
Starting with Patrick Heron, students explore and discuss the use of abstraction in portraiture, through observing a variety of portraits.
The 3D Portrait
Students respond to a variety of sculptures in the gallery, discussing the different techniques and approaches taken by the artist to depict a portrait in three-dimensions.
20th Century Portraits
Students are given the opportunity to discuss the context and content of key examples in the Gallery’s vast twentieth-century portrait collection.
Suitable for GCSE or A-Level.
All sessions Monday to Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00
Led by our Learning Freelancer team of artists and teachers, these sessions aim to sharpen your students’ observation and sketchbook skills, giving students’ new ways to develop their sketchbooks in the Gallery spaces.
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