Online teachers’ notes, either on a website or downloadable as a PDF, are useful tools for teachers in the classroom and for self-directed visits to a museum, gallery or historic site.
Teachers’ notes can be adapted from existing lesson plans or especially written. It is best to get advice from the audience you are aiming the notes at – teachers themselves.
A useful, if slightly dated, book is A teacher’s guide to Using Portraits by Susan Morris (English Heritage, 1989). Other teachers resources on the Tudor and Victorian portraits for Key Stage 2 by Clare Gittings and Photography for Key Stage 2 by Roger Hargreaves are available from the National Portrait Gallery shop.
Museums and Galleries that offer free online resources on portraiture:
- The National Portrait Gallery has a section on e-learning that has art activities and information about technique for secondary Art and Design, quizzes for primary level and exhibition related resources Link >>
- The National Portrait Gallery also has a selection of downloadable teachers’ notes on subjects within history and Art and Design for Primary and Secondary school teachers Link >>
- The Royal Bank of Scotland offers teachers’ resources for History Detectives that looks at portraiture Link >>
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery provide a downloadable PDF on portraiture within their collection. Download pdf >>
- The V & A and National Archives offers a bespoke Tudor site Link >>
- The National Gallery provides downloadable notes on Holbein’s The Ambassadors Download pdf