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School and Teacher Programs / Classroom Resources

School Programs, 2014–15

School programs at the National Portrait Gallery inspire students to learn about the men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States. The Portrait Gallery combines aspects of American history, biography, and art for a unique museum visit.

Students will participate in an interactive, themed gallery tour facilitated by specially trained gallery educators. These programs are standards-based and complement curricula in art, history, social studies, and language arts.

For the 2014–15 academic year, the Portrait Gallery offers school programs Monday through Friday, from October 1, 2014, through June 12, 2015. All school programs are seventy minutes in length, and are offered at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Student orientation video
 Program descriptions
    School Program Guide and Registration
    NPG Pre-Visit Lesson

Teacher programs, 2014-2015

The National Portrait Gallery provides professional development workshops throughout the academic year to teachers. Integrating portraiture into the classroom can provide exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. Some workshops focus on specific exhibition themes, while others take a broader look at the museum’s collection. 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 take place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Center, Room E151, in the “American Origins” exhibition on the first floor.

 Teacher orientation video
 Program descriptions
    Teacher workshop registration form

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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