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School and Teacher Programs / Classroom Resources


Teacher Programs for 2012:

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.

During the 2011–12 academic year, each of the professional development workshops offered by the National Portrait Gallery will be collaborations with other institutions.

African Americans in the NPG’s Collection
Workshop presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Saturday, May 19, 2012
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

DunbarJoin educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for this workshop examining the portrayal of African Americans throughout American history. Discover and compare how African Americans have been and are portrayed, and how that portrayal has changed over time. Participants will explore works in the Portrait Gallery’s collection, collaborate to develop ways of incorporating these images into their classroom lessons, and receive teaching resources.

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Phone: (202) 633-8500
FAX: (202) 633-8521
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Office of Education
National Portrait Gallery
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-0712



Please use the printable registration for all teacher workshops, and be sure to include all required information. The application should be emailed to the address above.

 Registration form (pdf)


In addition to our scheduled professional development workshops, we are able to accommodate groups for customized workshops or in-service days. Please call or email; we will work with you to develop a program appropriate for your group.



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