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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

Delivering an Arts Award project for young parents remotely through the pandemic

Wed, 02 Jun 2021

Every year the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) run a 10 week bronze arts award project with a young parents group from local charity Romsey Mill. Our 2020 project had to finish early due to the first lockdown and our 2021 project had to be adapted and re-planned in a week, after the country moved from the tiered system to... Read full article


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