Tours and lectures

I currently give public/private lectures, gallery tours and workshops at the National Portrait Gallery and run primary & secondary school workshops and teacher Inset sessions at the Wallace Collection. These sessions include portraiture, myths, children & families in the past, looking at armour, landscapes & seascapes, an introduction to the collection. For GCSE, 'A' level students & adults I teach life drawing, watercolour, oil & acrylic painting.

Private tours can also be booked according to your specific needs and requirements. You may wish to have an evening or weekend tour for staff or students, friends or family.

I give PowerPoint presentations as a starting point for practical/ historical workshops. Or can meet at a gallery for a private tour with an introduction to the Collection - Highlights tours. I frequently visit schools & colleges to purse projects for Arts Week & to deliver workshops introducing techniques to staff & students.

Subjects Explored

  • Introduction to the NPG collection (this gives insight to the history of England as well as changing styles of portraiture)
  • Tudor Portraits (great for students interested in fashion and costume/history)
  • Royal Portraits
  • Hidden Meanings and symbolism
  • The Victorians to the Present Day
  • Reynolds, Gainsborough and the C18 Arts
  • Victorians to Bloomsbury
  • Literature, Art & the Changing Face of Women
  • Sargent's paintings and techniques
  • Modern portraits: looking at techniques
  • Looking at Gender through Portraiture
  • Self Portraits
  • Introduction to the Wallace Collection
  • Symbolism (hidden meanings): looking at still life
  • Philanthropists
  • Tour and draw

Please see follow up work for further themes to develop.