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.
 


Winter Programs

Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

Exploring Identity through Portraiture *
Exploring Identity through Portraiture explores the ways in which artists and sitters use portraiture as a means to convey individual, community/cultural, and national identity. By analyzing portraits, including self-portraits, students will consider how the artists tell the sitters’ stories, paying attention to how the artists’ choices reveal some—but perhaps not all—aspects of the sitters’ identity. Students will explore how portraiture can be an avenue that they can use to represent their own identities and make meaning of what is important to them.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Arts, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Historic Site Visit, Artifact or Object Exploration, Visual Arts, Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource, Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs
Learning Standards: Program aligns closely with common core standards in Civics and Visual Arts and DCPS Arts' Framework for Learning
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Length: 30 minutes to 60 minutes
Additional Languages: Spanish
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

National Portrait Gallery Resources for Teachers and Students
Want to learn more about the lives of remarkable Americans, past and present, who have contributed to the nation’s history and culture? The Portrait Gallery has a variety of online resources have been developed to complement our exhibitions.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Diversity
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Artifact or Object Exploration, Visual Arts, Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards:
Social Studies Standard 5.4. Students identify prominent people and movements for social justice in the United States.
Standard 5.13. Students explain important domestic trends of the 1950’s and 60’s.. Standard 5.14. Students describe the key events and accomplishments of the Civil Rights movements in the United States.
Standard 5.15. Students describe some of the major economic and social trends of the late 20th century. Standard 8.10. Students analyze the issue of slavery, including the early and steady attempts to abolish slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
Standard 11.11. Students analyze the origins, goals, key events, and accomplishments of Civil Rights movements in the United States.
Standard 11.12. Students analyze important events and trends in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Standard 11.13. Students describe important events and trends of the late 20th century. Visual Arts Standard 1: Each student will understand and apply media, techniques and process in the creation and production of art.
Standard 3: Each student will choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning in artworks.
Grades: 4th - 12th

Visualizing Democracy *
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.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Diversity
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Historic Site Visit, Artifact or Object Exploration, Visual Arts, Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource, Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs
Learning Standards: Program aligns closely with common core standards and DCPS Arts' Framework for Learning.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Length: 30 minutes to 60 minutes
Additional Languages: Spanish
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

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.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Arts, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Historic Site Visit, Artifact or Object Exploration, Visual Arts, Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource, Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs
Learning Standards: Program aligns closely with common core standards in social studies and visual arts and DCPS Arts' Framework for Learning.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Length: 30 minutes to 60 minutes
Additional Languages: Spanish
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.


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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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