Find ideas and insights to support teaching and learning about portraiture

Resources for Schools

In 2015, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation has two exciting free term-time events, a Teachers’ CPD Workshop on Saturday 4 July from 11.00 – 16.00 and BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Meet the Artist with talks by BP Portrait Award-winning artists Edward Sutcliffe, Michael Gaskell and portfolio critiques for secondary school groups on Tuesday 15 September, 10.30 – 13.00. Support your classroom teaching with the ‘How To’ videos on this page featuring methods and approaches for painting portraits from practising artists, including past winners of the BP Portrait Award.

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Please also see this PDF resource about contemporary painted portraits in the BP Portrait Award, on the Gallery’s website

Your students' votes

Our polls encourage debate and engagement from students around key questions about portrait artists, sitters, subject matter and practice. Developed a good question around portraiture with your students? Please send it through to us to share with others.

Vote archive

Your students' portraits

Encourage your class to upload their painted portraits to our online gallery by joining the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Flickr site.

Your portraits

Artists' videos

Inform your teaching and gain behind-the-scenes insights into portraiture practice direct from BP Portrait Award artists, interviewed by young people for our video bank. More videos will be added over the next year.