Ongoing Programs

The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host some of its many public programs online with these digital workshops ranging from story time readings for young children to art-making workshops for all ages. Tune in to the museum's social media channels to experience these workshops firsthand.

Weekly Virtual Programs


Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. EST

Jan. 6: Fred Rogers
Jan. 13: Abraham Lincoln
Jan. 20: Ruth Asawa
Jan. 27: Leah Chase
Feb. 3: Celia Cruz
Feb. 10: Barack Obama
Feb. 17: Mary Mills
Feb. 24: Stokely Carmichael and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week a Portrait Gallery educator will shine a light on some of this country’s lesser-known historymakers and their portraits. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families.

hand with a pen writing

Creative Writing Hour

Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. EST
Online via Zoom

Join us weekly for a virtual writing hour. We've set up an online space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's collection. We will provide writing prompts, and you are also welcome to bring your own writing project-in-progress. We will write for about 30 minutes and end each session with a brief discussion or reading.

Free—Register at

Young Portrait Explorers

Wednesdays, 11–11:30 a.m. & 3–3:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Jan. 13: Louis Armstrong
Feb. 10: Celia Cruz

Explore portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes – and discover the stories behind them. Join the Portrait Gallery each week for a close look at a featured portrait. Then we’ll dig deeper with some discussion questions and get moving with fun activities on the day’s topic. For children ages 3 and up and their families.

Free—Registration required.

two hands--drawing a hand in charcoal

Drawn to Figures LIVE

Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
Online via Zoom

Jan. 7: Scaling portraits down to miniature size
Jan. 21: Working in gouache and watercolor
Feb. 4: Drawing hands in action
Feb. 25: Creating portraits from photographs

Discover your inner artist in this live virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, the workshop will include guided instruction on the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Participants will be offered the chance to share their work at the end of the session. Each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up. Required materials will be listed on the Eventbrite program page. Free—Registration required.

Drawn to Figures

Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. EST

Discover your inner artist in this online workshop on sketching the human body. Artist Jill Galloway will highlight the techniques and challenges of figure drawing while providing guided instruction and helpful tips. Open to all skill levels, ages 13 and up.


Open Studio Workshops

Fridays, 11:00 a.m. EST

Enjoy weekly art workshops from the comfort of your own home. Each Friday, we will post a video with a new activity or technique. Grab a family member or your roommates, or make a virtual date with a friend, and get creative with artist Jill Galloway. Artists of all ages and skill levels will enjoy creating art inspired by the Portrait Gallery's collection.