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What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and their characters? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling? Discuss who controls and creates images. How would you want to be seen in the future? 

Format of the session

The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session.

For a self-led (DIY) session (DIY resource) we recommend you spend up to one hour delivering your do-it-yourself session.

See also our fact sheets about portraiture in our collection. 

You can salso book a studio workshop related with this theme. 

Contact us on 01223 332904 or email education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk to book, or to discuss your needs. 

Plan your visit

 

The pupils were able to think about art and images in different ways, and it was helpful in encouraging the pupils to think about what is in front of them more critically.

KS2 teacher

 

 

Resources

Postcards & Paintings at Playgroup

Tue, 04 May 2021

In 2020, Playlanders was chosen as ‘Playgroup in Residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum. After the research residency came to a premature end due to coronavirus, staff at the museum and playgroup have continued to find ways to help the children build connections with art. In previous years Fitzwilliam Museum has enjoyed welcoming children from Playlanders on visits, not least during... Read full article


Inspiring first encounters

Wed, 28 Apr 2021

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) have been working with Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) for many years, but this year we took our partnership to the next level. Susan Miller provides the lowdown on the UCM partnership with the ChYpPS team, and discusses its importance in helping us to reach families during this time... Read full article


Launching virtual school sessions in a pandemic

Mon, 26 Apr 2021

We have worked hard at the Museum of Classical Archaeology to adapt and translate most of our usual, pre-covid educational activity to the digital realm. The biggest part of this adaptation was to launch virtual school sessions, offered to both primary schools and secondary schools. The result is schools from across the country being able to engage with the museum... Read full article


A six month snapshot

Thu, 22 Apr 2021

Last month, we marked one year since the introduction of measures to limit the COVID-19 pandemic. Our last update was published in October 2020, just as the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM) were prepared to be fully open to the public again for the first time in six months. A return to normality? Not quite. Our pandemic journey... Read full article


Working together in lockdown: Sawston Village College

Fri, 19 Mar 2021

During lockdown the Whipple Museum of the History of Science has been working with the inclusion unit at Sawston Village College to create fun, interactive science lessons based on collections objects which can be delivered remotely. The sessions have encouraged pupils to take an enquiry-based approach to science and to use historic objects to find out about science both in... Read full article