Identity through portraiture: sketchbooks

How do artists convey their own and others’ identity? 

Students will explore a wide range of historical and contemporary portraits. Using a range of creative activities and techniques they will respond to artworks they connect with. Bring sketchbooks and take inspiration from the National Portrait Gallery's world-class Collection.

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    Pandit Ram Gopal,    by Feliks Topolski,    circa 1972,    NPG 6812,    © estate of Feliks Topolski
Pandit Ram Gopal, by Feliks Topolski, circa 1972

Session duration: 90 mins


Secondary, key stages 3, 4 and 5

This session is for one class of up to twenty-five students to take part.

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Learning objectives

  1. Explore how artists convey identity through a range of artistic methods, materials and processes.
  1. Develop portrait analysis and visual literacy skills.
  1. Use sketchbooks to explore ideas and develop creative skills and techniques.
  1. Develop general and specialist vocabulary in the subject of Art & Design.