Reception to Year 2

Our engaging Gallery-based sessions are designed to raise pupils’ curiosity and build their confidence in looking at and responding to portraiture.

90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils
All materials are provided

FREE (unless otherwise stated) Cancellation and non-attendance charges apply. See terms and conditions. Booking Essential

Portraits + Pose - Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Y2

Help your Year 2 pupils develop their drawing and observation skills on this portraiture and pose session. Through a range of short drawing tasks pupils develop their enthusiasm for self-expression, focusing on the entire body, using portraits from the Collection as inspiration.

Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 or 13.00 – 14.30

Session available on the following dates only:

Thursday 10 May 2018
Thursday 7 June 2018
Thursday 12 July 2018

Kitty Fisher
by Nathaniel Hone
NPG 2354

What is a portrait?

What is a portrait? Why do we make them? Why do we display them? Pupils consider these questions on their first visit to the National Portrait Gallery. Through discussion, role play and drawing this interactive session encourages pupils to consider portraiture and the Collection making connections between the portraits and their own life experiences.

Children and Families

Pupils explore the lives of children from the past by learning to read two historic family portraits. Through discussion, role play, and drawing this interactive session encourages pupils to think, imagine and make connections between the portraits and their own life experiences.

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant)
by Albert Charles Challen
NPG 6856

Famous People

Pupils discover stories about the lives of significant individuals from the past. Through questioning, observation and drawing pupils explore how the lives and achievements of the sitter have been portrayed in the portraits and consider the role their display in the Gallery plays in informing our understanding of the sitter.

Samuel Pepys and Charles II
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

Kings and Queens

Why is having a portrait so important to Kings and Queens who have ruled our country? What objects and clothes are shown in their portraits and why? Through questioning, observation and role play pupils consider; who decides who the next King or Queen will be? How they become the next monarch? Why monarchs and rulers used portraits to promote their power?

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London