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School by Marcela (aged 17 years) Dagenham, London
School by Marcela (aged 17 years) Dagenham, London

Hold Still

Learning Resource

Key stage 1-5

Teachers and pupils are invited to engage with the stories in the Hold Still digital exhibition, reflect on their own experience of lockdown, and respond creatively by making portrait photographs. The resource includes discussion points and practical activities accessible for children of all ages and abilities

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Faces and Places

London Outreach sessions

During the closure of the Gallery for our Inspiring People project, we will be offering an exciting new Outreach Programme 2021-22. Launching in winter 2020, schools in the London boroughs of Brent, Lambeth, Westminster, Haringey, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham will be invited to be involved. Through teacher CPD, a resource box and sessions led by artists and historians, Faces and Places enables schools to connect our national Collection of portraits with their local borough, and to explore and discuss identity, representation and history.

Beyond Black History Month

Virtual Tour

Alayo Akinkugbe, art historian and founder of @ablackhistoryofart, explores key black figures from the Gallery’s Collection.

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Sir Francis Drake by Unknown artist, c. 1581 (NPG 4032)

Global Tudors

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 4-5

We are pleased to launch a new resource about our Tudor portraits and their connection to empire, identity, and global consumption, This teachers’ resource Microcosms: Illuminating the Global in Tudor and Early Stuart Portraits explores issues of Global exchange, migration and the beginnings of empire through portraiture.

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David Hockney, “Self Portrait 26th Sept.” 1983, © David Hockney

David Hockney

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the gallery or the classroom and explores key themes and drawing techniques in the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life. The resource includes discussion points and drawing activities to promote critical thinking and making in response to Hockney’s portraits of himself and his close friends and family.

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Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman, 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the gallery or the classroom and explores key themes in the exhibition including identity, transformation, disguise and popular culture. The resource includes questions to promote critical thinking and discussion around Cindy Sherman’s work and practice.

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Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, 2015 by Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery
Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, 2015 by Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Only Human: Martin Parr

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the classroom and explores key themes in the exhibition. The resource includes points for discussion and activities for students to create their own photographs in response.

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More for schools

Young People’s group

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

This guide to self-portraiture is a creative resource made by young people for young people that examines themes explored by artists through the self-portraits they create – such as gender, class, race, and identity. Featuring the participant’s vlogs, short films, and written material the resource explores their thoughts, perspectives and findings about this enduring theme in art history. This resource was developed in collaboration with the artist Anthony Luvera

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Eleanor Mitchell typing on a type writer

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Sign up to our termly newsletter for teachers and schools to keep up to date with special offers, teacher events, CPD & opportunities for your class.

Image: Eleanor Mitchell by Bassano Ltd, 1930, NPG x85771

Primary Schools, child drawing in Gallery school workshop

Primary Schools

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Secondary Schools, students viewing Malala portrait

Secondary Schools

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CPD & Teachers’ events, Popular event hosted in Room 20

CPD & Teachers’ events

Join us to hear from guest speakers and work directly with artists

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Resources and Special Projects, Self portrait of Lucian Freud

Resources and Special Projects

Explore our resources and find out about special projects

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News, Photograph of Eleanor Mitchell

News

The latest news on the Schools Programme

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Data Protection Act 1998: The National Portrait Gallery may take photographs of participants as part of standard gallery sessions. All images will be held securely by the Learning Department. In some cases, these images may be used to publicise the Gallery's services (on the website; promotional leaflets; displays etc.). Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your image for the above purpose. If further information is needed please telephone the Education Department on 020 7312 2483 (BT's Text Direct: 18001).

Staying in Touch

Schools and teachers are vital to helping develop the Gallery’s future programmes and facilities. We would love to hear from primary and secondary schools teachers who are interested in working as expert advisers to shape the new schools programme, resources and teacher CPD programme. If you’re interested in getting involved, being kept up-to-date with our plans and progress or want to be a school ready to book for the grand re-opening in spring 2023 please sign up to our teacher e-newsletter for more information.

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