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Student and Teacher Programs / Classroom Resources

Student Programs, 2015–16

Student programs at the National Portrait Gallery bring students in contact with the men and women who have shaped our nation. Through analysis of the visual elements of portraiture, students explore biography, art, and the American experience. Each standards-based, themed gallery tour is facilitated by specially trained gallery educators and complements curricula in art, history, social studies, and language arts.

For the 2015–16 academic year, the Portrait Gallery offers student programs Monday through Friday, from October 1, 2015, through June 10, 2016. All student programs are seventy-five minutes in length and are offered at 9:30 and 11:00.a.m. Special requests for dates and times outside of our regularly scheduled programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Orientation Video for Students
 Program descriptions
    Student Program Guide and Registration
    NPG Pre-Visit Lesson

Teacher Programs, 2015-2016

Be inspired to use portraiture in your classroom. No matter what subject—social studies, English, or visual arts—you will learn and practice techniques to involve your students in creative and innovative ways. By using portraiture as a springboard into deeper discussions about biography and our collective history, the Portrait Gallery strives to create an unprecedented experience for teachers as we gain a glimpse into the past and examine portraiture of the present. By using portraiture to teach critical thinking skills, teachers will translate the strategies presented seamlessly into the classroom.

All workshops require preregistration and include interactive tours of a selected exhibition, hands-on components, and take-away resources that provide teachers with innovative ideas and techniques they can adapt for classroom use. All programs begin in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Center, room E151, in the “American Origins” exhibition on the first floor (unless otherwise noted).

 Orientation Video for Teachers
 Program descriptions
    Teacher workshop registration

Classroom Resources

Interested in the Presidents and the role of the presidency in the United States? Want to learn more about the lives of remarkable Americans, past and present, who have contributed to the nation’s history and culture? The Portrait Gallery has a variety of resources for the classroom that have been developed to complement our exhibitions. Resources can be viewed and printed online or downloaded as PDF files.

  "Reading Portraiture" Guide for Educators
   Writing Label Text for a Museum Portrait
 Online exhibitions and lesson plans
 Portraits of Character
    Be the Curator Lesson
           Gallery Elevation 1 (To be used with Be the Curator Lesson)
           Gallery Elevation 2 (To be used with Be the Curator Lesson)

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