Holbourne Museum run a successful taught session around portraiture that covers Art & Design – Self-portrait (KS1) and Portraying relationships (KS2) as well as Speaking & listening skills. Drawing, costume and creative activities are used to explore the portrait collections and to discover what portraits can tell us about the sitters, the artists and their times.


Pupils will:

  • learn to ‘read’ a portrait and find out why rich people wanted paintings of themselves
  • explore pose and composition
  • create observational drawings in the gallery
  • explore the theme of portraiture through a variety of materials and make artwork to take back to school.

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In addition the session is linked to The Museum Network‘s e-learning resources for prep and follow sessions on portraiture here >>