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

August 25th: Walt Whitman

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15: Antonia Pantoja
September 29: Juan Marichal
October 13: Carmen Herrera
October 27: Isabel Toledo

Native American Heritage Month
November 10: Sequoyah
November 24: Zitkála-Šá

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week a Portrait Gallery educator will shine a light on some of this country’s history makers and their portraits. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits and even learn some new vocabulary. For children ages 3 and up and their adult companions.

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

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15: Sonia Sotomayor
September 22: Marisol Escobar
September 29: Pedro Martínez
October 6: Dolores Huerta and César Chávez
October 13: Carmen Herrera

Native American Heritage Month
November 10: Maria Tallchief

Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history, and more! Each month Portrait Gallery educators will lead a 30-minute activity that incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement and artmaking. We will offer the same program twice in one day to accommodate as many schedules as possible. Adults must remain with children throughout the program.

Free—Registration required.

two hands--drawing a hand in charcoal

Drawn to Figures LIVE

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

September 2: Painting with Layers
September 16: Using a Focal Point
October 7: Drawing a Titled Head
October 21: Drawing the Features in Proportion
November 4: Drawing the Neck and Shoulders
November 18: Proportions of the Human Form

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.

woman's hand finger painting


Drawn to Figures

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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.


red apple painted with watercolor


Open Studio Workshops

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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.