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. Register for a virtual program via Eventbrite or tune in to the museum's social media channels to experience these workshops firsthand.

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Drawn to Figures

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

Discover your inner artist in this virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, the workshop will include guided instruction on the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up. Suggested materials will be listed on the Eventbrite program page.

Free —Registration required.

Interested in learning more? Check out these videos.

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Virtual Writing Hour

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

Join us for a virtual, creative writing hour at the National Portrait Gallery! We've set up a virtual space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's collection. We will provide writing prompts and write for about 30 minutes. Each session will end with a chance to share your writing.

Free —Registration required.

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Audio Descriptions of Presidential Portraits

The Portrait Gallery has developed audio descriptions of select portraits from our signature exhibition, “America’s Presidents.” Developed for people who are blind or partially sighted, these descriptions use precise, evocative language to convey the visual appearance of art, and are equally enjoyable for anyone seeking closer observation.

Visit Our Audio Descriptions Page

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Online Tours in American Sign Language

Enjoy ASL tours  of exhibitions including One Life: Marian AndersonPortraits of the World: Switzerland and The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today on the museum's YouTube channel

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Young Portrait Explorers

Select Wednesdays, 11–11:30 a.m. 
Online via Zoom

Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history, and more! Portrait Gallery educators will lead a 30-minute activity that incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement and artmaking. Adults must remain with children throughout the program.

Free —Registration required

View and download PDF activity guides