School and Teacher Programs / Classroom Resources
School Programs for 2014-2015:
Delve into history! This engaging and highly interactive program brings young students face to face with significant Americans. From discussing a portrait to listening to an age-appropriate biography, students gain firsthand knowledge about fascinating individuals.
Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery
Who invented the lightbulb? Who was the first woman on the Supreme Court? Who was the first man on the moon? Who founded the Special Olympics? Visit the National Portrait Gallery to find out. Bring your students to learn more about those individuals who shaped America with this interactive tour.
Work with us to identify the most relevant individuals for your class.
The National Portrait Gallery is proud to hold the only national collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. The images in this exhibition lie at the very heart of the Portrait Gallery's mission to tell the stories of those who have shaped America's story. This program explores how presidential portraiture has changed since George Washington's time.
Movers and Shapers: Early America to the Civil War
From the colonial era to the end of the Civil War, individuals made significant and diverse contributions to our society. This program introduces some of the politicians, reformers, inventors, authors, soldiers, and others who changed the course of American history.
The Art of Portraiture
Portraiture continues to be a thriving art form in America. This program will explore the Portrait Gallery’s modern and contemporary collections, including works in our exhibitions “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction” (fall only), “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” “Twentieth-Century Americans,” and “Struggle for Justice.” Students will examine the art in these exhibitions and discuss the artists’ different approaches to their subject matter.
The Struggle for Justice
This program showcases major cultural and political figures-from key nineteenth-century historical figures to contemporary leaders-who struggled to achieve civil rights for disenfranchised or marginalized groups.
Civil War Stories
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by exploring the stories of individuals who shaped the era. Students will be introduced to a variety of key figures, including soldiers, politicians, abolitionists, nurses, and inventors.
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National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C. 20013-0712
Please use the printable registration and chaperone information sheet for all school programs. Be sure to include all required information The application should be emailed to the address above.
Registration guide (pdf)
Is your class studying a particular era or individual that you don't see offered? If yes, please call or email; we will work with you to develop a program appropriate to your teaching objectives.
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