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

May 19: Yori Kochiyama
May 26: Liliʻuokalani
June 2nd: Larry Kramer
June 9th: Walter Mercado
June 16th: Gertrude Stein
June 23rd: Bill T. Jones
June 30th: Adrienne Rich
July 7th: William Ayers Campbell
July 14th: Katherine Stinson Otero
July 21st: Apollo 11
July 28th: Amelia Earhart
August 4th: James Smithson
August 11th: Clara Barton
August 18th: Portrait Gallery Staff
August 25th: Walt Whitman

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

May 26th: Chien-Shiung Wu
June 9th: Gertrude Stein
July 14th: Tuskegee Airmen
August 4th: The Olympic Games

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

May 20: Creating an Underpainting
May 27th: Ink Washes
June 3rd: Line Drawings
June 17th: Silhouettes
July 6th: Stretching and Prepping a Canvas
July 29th: The 4 Gilbert Stuart Washington Portraits
*No classes in August*  

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
March 11 & 25, April 8, 22, & 29, May 13 & 27

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.