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The National Portrait Gallery provides professional development workshops throughout the academic year to teachers. Integrating portraiture into the classroom can provide exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. Some workshops focus on specific exhibition themes, while others take a broader look at the museum's collection. All workshops require preregistration and include interactive tours of a selected exhibition, hands–on components, and take–away resources that provide teachers with innovative ideas and techniques they can adapt for classroom use. All programs take place in the National Portrait Gallery's Education Center, Room E151, in the "American Origins" exhibition on the first floor.

Posters to Go --Teaching materials

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Posters to Go
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Faces of the Frontier
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
5:00–8:00 p.m.

sitting bull The American West was dramatically reconstructed during the 80 years between the Mexican War and the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924. Join NPG educators to learn about the defining men and women of this period. This teacher workshop focuses on the effective and creative use of these portraits as a classroom teaching tool.

Posters to Go --Workshop
(with the Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
5:00–8:00 p.m.

lincoln The Archives of American Art, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum have collaborated to create a series of teaching posters on themes such as Westward Expansion and the Harlem Renaissance. Join us to receive a set of the posters and explore ways to use the images, documents, and activities in your classroom.

Every Portrait Tells a Story
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
5:00–8:00 p.m.

If you’re a language arts teacher, have you considered using portraiture in your classroom? A portrait can communicate much more than a likeness; it can serve as a springboard to creating a story. Using the portraits from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009, teachers will discuss ways to incorporate portraiture into their teaching and create their own story graphic.

Reading Portraiture: Unsung Heroes of the Twentieth Century
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
5:00–8:00 p.m.

charles drewHave you ever considered using portraiture as a jumping-off point in a history lesson but just don't know where to begin? Using the Portrait Gallery's "Twentieth-Century Americans" exhibition as the backdrop, this workshop will introduce teachers to the skill of reading portraiture. Teachers will then use this skill to create their own looking activity with an unsung hero from the collection.

Celebrating Women
with the National Museum for Women in the Arts

Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m

harriet beecher stoweGear up for Women’s History Month during this workshop that integrates collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Portrait Gallery. Discover art by and about women who have helped shape American history as trailblazing artists, writers, suffragists, and feminists. Participants will explore works in both collections and collaborate to develop ways of incorporating women’s art and history into their classroom lessons.

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Phone: (202) 633-8503
FAX: (202) 633-8521
Mailing Address:
Office of Education
National Portrait Gallery
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-0712

Please use the printable registration for all teacher workshops, and be sure to include all required information. The application should be emailed to the address above.

 Registration form (doc)


Learn how to use portraits as tools to teach about significant individuals and the eras in which they lived.

 Print guide (pdf)


Take a look at past issues of this NPG newsletter for ideas on how to integrate portraiture into the classroom.

Winter 2009
Fall 2008
Spring 2008
Fall 2007
Fall 2005
Spring 2005
Winter 2004-05
Fall 2004

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