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Portrait School 2017

Welcome to Portrait School at the National Portrait Gallery, where your students will discover Australia’s most creative and innovative thinkers and achievers. The School’s programs are designed to be dynamic and participatory, encouraging collaboration and critical thinking through close engagement with the Gallery’s portraits.

Whilst programs are cross-curricular in nature, the following themes are emphasised: Visual art; Civics and citizenship; English; History; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism. We also offer a new critical thinking program, Visual Thinking Strategies™.

Every facilitated program at the Portrait Gallery is led by a passionate, professional Learning Facilitator who holds a Working with Vulnerable People registration. The programs they lead comprise a variety of creative activities that cater for different learning preferences.

All programs are available Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 4:30pm. 90 minute programs can be shortened to 60 minutes on request. Teachers must stay with their students during the program.

Portrait School 2017 programs and fees

Choose from six topic areas – Visual art, Civics and citizenship, English, History, ATSI activism and Visual Thinking Strategies – at the level right for your students.

The following prices are in AUD for Australian schools. International schools please contact us at for pricing.

Preschool, Foundation and Year 1 60 minutes $3 per student
Years 2 and 3 60 minutes $3 per student
Years 4, 5 and 6 90 minutes $3 per student
Years 7, 8 and 9 90 minutes $3 per student
Years 10, 11 and 12 90 minutes $3 per student

NOTE: In some instances, visits to the National Portrait Gallery can count for PACER rebate purposes when booking a Civics and citizenship or ATSI program. See information on alternative arrangements to apply when your school cannot book into either MOAD or the National Electoral Education Centre.


Workshop - full day 6 hours $40 per student
Workshop - half day 3 hours $20 per student
Super selfie (2017 bookings) 2 hours $10 per student
Super selfie (2018 bookings) 2 hours $15 per student
Head Hunt! 60 minutes free*
Virtual Excursion 60 minutes $60 per session**

*Specifically designed for years 5-9 and ESL students.

** We are committed to access. If this cost is prohibitive, please contact