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Make & Create! Get creative with our free family resources.


The pequi tree by Simone Strijk © Simone Strijk
The pequi tree (detail) by Simone Strijk © Simone Strijk

Seeing Me Seeing You

Activity Pack

Our new photographic portraits activity pack features lots of fun activities to do at home. Be inspired by the portraits included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 and try drawing, writing, role playing and taking photographs.

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BP Next Generation

Learn to draw and paint portraits inspired by our artist films.

Make Art

Playful Portraits

Draw and make while discovering more about the Gallery’s Collection and these brilliant people.

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Magical Journeys

Magical Journeys

Read our activity book of portraits and illustrations inspired by favourite writers

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My Super Heroes

My Super Heroes

Read the Gallery’s first hospital activity book, including famous sitters from our Collection

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Art with Spark

Join Spark to learn to create your own portraits.

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Time Switcher

Go on an adventure through history to meet famous faces around the Gallery

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Talking Heads

3D portraits! Create 3D portraits of your family and friends

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Pop Up Gallery

Create your own 3D National Portrait Gallery. Draw portraits to include in your special exhibition

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Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Play our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family

Test your memory

Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick by Sir Thomas Lawrence © National Portrait Gallery, London

Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game

Test your skill

Queen Elizabeth I  by Unknown continental artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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Additional funding provided by DIL Trust UK

Get Creative

Develop your art skills

Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

Improve your skills

Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

Improve your technique