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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

Toddlers Go Digital

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Here at the Fitzwilliam Museum, we want to inspire young artists by giving them access to our incredible collections and a wide range of high quality creative materials. Here we used digital tools alongside more traditional resources to help very young children explore and create their own art. Following on from our collaborative projects with the UCM Digital Maker in... Read full article


Whistler & the String Players

Fri, 28 Jun 2019

Instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music and young children worked together to explore the Fitzwilliam Museum‘s recent Whistler and Nature exhibition through music. The painter Whistler saw a parallel between his artwork and musical compositions, so this exhibition seemed a perfect opportunity for our young visitors to explore the connections between music and paintings. The Fitzwilliam Museum and the... Read full article


‘Making a real difference’ – supporting schools with the Fitzwilliam Travel Bursary

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

What happened when children in the Reception classes at Abbey Meadows Primary School came to visit the Whistler & Nature exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum? In January, we welcomed children in the Reception classes (aged 4-5) from a local school to explore the Whistler and Nature exhibition, thanks to a generous travel bursary from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum... Read full article


Young musicians in the museum

Thu, 16 May 2019

On 31 March 2019, the Britten Sinfonia Academy, talented young instrumentalists from the east of England, went on a family-friendly musical tour exploring the stories behind the collections in the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) has a longstanding partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum which began in 2013. March... Read full article


Source: art exam help for young people

Thu, 02 May 2019

Source is a free programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum for young people researching their art GCSEs and A Levels. The programme includes primary art and museum object research in the museum galleries, and guest artists in the museum studio. Source introduces young people taking art and design exams to ‘ how to research from primary sources in museum collections and... Read full article