The National Gallery

Address: Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world and is open to all with free entrance 361 days a year. The Education Department offers a variety of services for secondary groups including:

Talking Paintings (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5)

These sessions are discussion based tours that take place in the Gallery and are free for UK schools and colleges. The National Gallery's collection provides a visual narrative of the history of western painting, with challenging themes that resonate today. Each painting is a rich and accessible context that supports and extends students of all abilities.

Talking Paintings sessions are tailor-made to your requirements. Choose from a theme below or request your own: Illusions, Worship, Empire, Stories, Structures, Colour, Costume, Barriers, Identity, War, Memory, Perspective, Sanctuary, Reading Paintings, Symbolism, Revolution.

Sketchbook skills (Key Stage 4 and 5)

Sharpen up your pupils' observation and sketchbook skills by incorporating a variety of drawing activities into your Gallery workshop, led by an experienced Gallery artist-educator. Sessions take place on weekday afternoons and last one-and-a-half hours. Drawing implements are provided, but please ensure that pupils bring their own sketchbooks.

For more details on our secondary offer please visit our website:

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