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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Workshops and drawing

Sunday 5 December 2021 – Tuesday 5 December 2023

Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

1:00pm, Sat 15 Jan

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

Bookings required
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

2:00pm, Thu 20 Jan
Live online

Join us online for a magical workshop with illustrator and author, Cheryl Orsini, as she guides you to weave words and pictures to tell a story.

Bookings required

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

10:30am, Thu 20 Jan

Join illustrator and author Cheryl Orsini, in this magical workshop as she helps you weave words and pictures to tell your story.

Bookings required
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari

Fine art portraiture: from concept to execution

with Forough Yavari

10:30am, Sat 5 Feb

Join award-winning photographer Forough Yavari on a journey to learn how to create intricate, gallery-style fine art portraits from scratch.

Bookings required
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face

Animate your face!

Children’s workshop

10:30am, Sat 26 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for an exciting stop-motion animation workshop with Toonworld!

Bookings required
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nonbinarycode

Drawn in

nonbinarycode

1:00pm, Sun 27 Mar

Draw while listening to nonbinarycode – two unique humans who grew up on a diet of grunge, punk and stadium rock.

Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)

Professional training

Voice Training Workshop

4:00pm, Mon 28 Mar

Join NIDA-trained actor and teacher, Karen Vickery, Director of Access and Learning, for a workshop full of tips and exercises to protect your most important asset: your voice!

Bookings required
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 17 Apr

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Cashews
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews

Drawn in

The Cashews

1:00pm, Sun 15 May

Draw while listening to Canberra duo, the Cashews.

Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Workshop

Wear, repair, repurpose

11:00am, Sat 4 Jun

Join Pure Pod founder, Kelli Donovan, and repurpose your own pair of jeans.

Bookings required
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

Drawn in

Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

1:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Draw while listening to the Uccellini Recorder Ensemble.

Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop

Traditional weaving workshop walk-up

11:00am, Sat 9 Jul

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this NAIDOC week and join Ronnie Jordan a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman, who will share her traditional ecological knowledge with you.

Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves

Tactile Selves Workshop

Professional Learning program for teachers

3:30pm, Fri 12 Aug

Boost your creativity and build a toolkit of practical strategies to develop positive creative learning experiences for your students.

Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements

Mixing skin tones

Oil painting with Melissa Clements

10:30am, Sat 10 Sep

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Melissa Clements and discover the alchemy of colour mixing to create varied and luminous flesh.

Bookings required
Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements

Mixing skin tones

Oil painting with Melissa Clements

1:00pm, Sun 11 Sep
Live online

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Melissa Clements and discover the alchemy of colour mixing to create varied and luminous flesh.

Bookings required
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett

Drawn in

Lynden Bassett

1:00pm, Sun 18 Sep

Draw while listening to a gentle sound work based on mandolin and electronics with sound artist Lynden Bassett.

Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold

Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

10:30am, Sat 8 Oct

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait.

Bookings required
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky

Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

2:00pm, Sat 8 Oct
Live online

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait.

Bookings required
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones

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Smith & Jones

1:00pm, Sun 13 Nov

Draw while listening to Smith & Jones, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, and guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones.

Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 19 Feb

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

More events

Wednesday 6 December 2023 – Friday 5 December 2025
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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