National Portrait Gallery

Experience portraiture beyond the frame. Our collections present people of remarkable character and achievement. These Americans—artists, politicians, scientists, inventors, activists, and performers—form our national identity. They help us understand who we are and remind us of what we can aspire to be. Get to know us at the National Portrait Gallery. We look forward to sharing the faces and stories of inspiring Americans with you. The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture.

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Voices of Social Justice
Presented by: National Portrait Gallery- Smithsonian Institution
In Voices of Social Justice, students will learn about some of the major figures who struggled to obtain civil rights for disenfranchised or marginalized groups. They will listen to stories of social justice and analyze portraits of individuals who broke barriers——from key nineteenth-century reformers to modern leaders—and will likely be encouraged to consider how they, too, can become civically engaged. ​Accompanying the program is a post-visit lesson plan and additional ideas for activities that allow the discussions to continue back in the classroom.
Date: 11/5/20, 11/12/20, 11/17/20, 12/3/20, 12/9/20, 12/16/20
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Writing/Reading/Journalism; Artifact or Object Exploration; Visual Arts; Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Learning Standards: For more information on learning standards, click here. 
Grades: 5th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 50
Supplementary Materials: Pre-visit lesson link. Post-visit lesson.

 

Exploring Identity through Portraiture
Presented by: National Portrait Gallery- Smithsonian Institution
By analyzing a variety of contemporary portraits, including self-portraits, students will investigate how the artists tell the sitters’ stories, paying careful attention to how the artists’ choices reveal some—but perhaps not all—aspects of the sitters’ identity. Using the National Portrait Gallery’s collection as a gateway, students will recognize portraiture as a vibrant means through which they can investigate, explore, and represent their own identities and make meaning of what is important to them.
Date: 11/2/20, 11/9/20, 11/19/20, 12/1/20, 12/15/20, 12/18/20
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Writing/Reading/Journalism; Artifact or Object Exploration; Visual Arts; Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Learning Standards: DCPS Arts Framework - Identity (6th-8th), Interaction (6th-8th), Language (6th-8th), Abstract (9th-12th), Creation (3rd-5th), Transformation (6th-8th)
Grades: 4th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 50
Supplementary Materials: Pre-visit lesson link

 

Visualizing Democracy
Presented by:
National Portrait Gallery- Smithsonian Institution
Students will visualize democracy from the colonial era to the 21st century by analyzing portraits of major figures who played a critical role—as government officials, engaged citizens, or both—in creating a democratic society for the United States. Students will investigate how portraiture can convey democratic ideals and how, as a cultural institution housed in a historic building, the National Portrait Gallery has been and continues to be relevant to American democracy.
Date: 11/4/20, 11/10/20, 11/18/20, 12/2/20, 12/10/20, 12/14/20
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Writing/Reading/Journalism; Artifact or Object Exploration; Visual Arts; Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Learning Standards: Social Studies:5.1.1: Immigrants 5.2.1: Slavery 5.2.4: Urbanization 5.3.1: Attitudes toward slavery 5.4: Reform movementsD1.2/1.3: Compelling/Supporting questions D4.1/4.4: Construct/Critique argumentsRI.5.2: Summarize RI.5.4: Vocabulary RI.5.6: Corroboration RI.5.8: SupportW.5.9: Draw evidenceRI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Grades: 4th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 50
Supplementary Materials: Pre-visit lesson link

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