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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.

Learning resources

These resources are designed for use in the classroom.

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Google Arts and Culture

A learning resource exploring select works from the NPPP 2020 for secondary students.

Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Google Arts and Culture

A learning resource exploring select works from the NPPP 2019 for secondary students.

Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston

Facing New Worlds

Google Arts and Culture

This resource ties in with the Australian Curriculum, specifically for Year 4 and Year 9 learners, providing a closer look at individuals and groups who established contact with Asia and Oceania during the European age of discovery.

Michael Johnson, McMahon's Point, Sydney, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore
Michael Johnson, McMahon's Point, Sydney, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore
Michael Johnson, McMahon's Point, Sydney, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore
Michael Johnson, McMahon's Point, Sydney, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore

Visual Arts

Google Arts and Culture

A Visual Arts resourcedesigned to support students and teachers in Years 5 – 7. Travel the collection and see how portraiture can reflect aspects of identity, art conventions, technology, storytelling, making processes and reveal historical connections.

Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian

Migration and Identity in Australia

Google Arts and Culture

This resource is intended for teachers and secondary school students. It explores migrant stories of individuals from the period of early European colonisation to today.

Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan
Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan
Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan
Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan

Dame Jean Macnamara

Google Arts and Culture

The Australian doctor and scientist who dedicated her life to the research and treatment of poliomyelitis.

Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) Montalbetti & Campbell
Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) Montalbetti & Campbell
Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) Montalbetti & Campbell
Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) Montalbetti & Campbell

Australia: Sport and Identity

Google Arts and Culture

Australians are known to love their sports. We find many of our heroes and shared values on the sporting field – notions of being a good sport, having dignity in defeat, being socially inclusive and playing fair.

Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 by James Horan
Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 by James Horan
Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 by James Horan
Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 by James Horan

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Google Arts and Culture

A learning resource for teachers of primary and secondary Visual Arts.

The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan

Photographic Portraits

Google Arts and Culture

This resource is geared towards students in Years 7 to 10. Through visual analysis, activity and conversation you will evaluate how photographic portraits communicate artistic intentions, see the impact of evolving technologies and be inspired! 

Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008 Deborah Paauwe
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008 Deborah Paauwe
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008 Deborah Paauwe
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008 Deborah Paauwe

Photography

Google Arts and Culture

The images and themes presented in this resource have been designed to provide inspiration for and to encourage critical thinking in Year 11 and 12 students.

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley
Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley
Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley
Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists

Google Arts and Culture

Living in Australia, connecting with the land and telling their stories for 60,000 years.

Kuei - The Sea of Gazelles - South Sudan to Oz, 2016 by Kellie Maree Leczinska
Kuei - The Sea of Gazelles - South Sudan to Oz, 2016 by Kellie Maree Leczinska
Kuei - The Sea of Gazelles - South Sudan to Oz, 2016 by Kellie Maree Leczinska
Kuei - The Sea of Gazelles - South Sudan to Oz, 2016 by Kellie Maree Leczinska

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 learning resource

Google Arts and Culture

Explore pose, place, expression and meaning in the photographic portraits from this year's Prize.

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

John Brack's Portraiture

Google Arts and Culture

John Brack said that portraits involve three people: the painter, the sitter and the viewer

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The hand of Captain Cook

Google Arts and Culture

A fine portrait with a hidden message

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

The good, the bad and the ugly

Google Arts and Culture

Learn about colourful characters from Australia's colonial past.

Free Range Cousins, 2015 by Jennifer Stocks
Free Range Cousins, 2015 by Jennifer Stocks
Free Range Cousins, 2015 by Jennifer Stocks
Free Range Cousins, 2015 by Jennifer Stocks

Children of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Learning resource

Senses, movement and imagination in portraits of children

Prison and death in the 19th century

Two iBooks of authentic records

16 inmates including Ned Kelly, Captain Moonlite and Frederick Deeming. And 12 sketches of the deceased, including several children.

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Awesome Achievers

A cross-curriculum learning resource for upper primary school students

What makes someone awesome? And how does a portrait tell a person's story? Bring your students up close and personal with some great Australians. 

Cathy Freeman, 1994 Montalbetti & Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 Montalbetti & Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 Montalbetti & Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 Montalbetti & Campbell

Australian Portraits

Radio National Books and Arts

In this ten-part series on Australian portraits, Angus Trumble and Fiona Gruber hold a wide-ranging, thought-provoking and often unexpected face-off with history and culture.

Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay

Look Within: Self-Portraiture

ABC Education

Self-portraits are among the most direct yet intriguing works created by artists for analysis and self-expression. As both subject and creator, the artist is represented entirely in their own terms.

Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie

Colonial Women

ABC Education

This online resource features the stories of five colonial women, designed for primary students of Arts and History years 3-6.

Arcadia learning resource

This resource has relevance to Australian History, Sport, Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, English and Visual Arts and is recommended for Years 9-12.

Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton

Digital portraits

ABC Education

This online resource about digital portraiture designed for secondary students is available through the ABC Splash website.

Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed
Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed
Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed
Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed

Paul Kelly learning resource

This learning resource package is designed for educators of secondary students as a companion to the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Paul Kelly & The Portraits.

Mrs George Matson Nicholas, c. 1917 by Hilda Rix Nicholas
Mrs George Matson Nicholas, c. 1917 by Hilda Rix Nicholas
Mrs George Matson Nicholas, c. 1917 by Hilda Rix Nicholas
Mrs George Matson Nicholas, c. 1917 by Hilda Rix Nicholas

Paris to Monaro learning resource

This resource, structured around the biography of the artist Hilda Rix Nicholas, is a companion to the exhibition Paris to Monaro.

Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr
Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr
Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr
Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr

Portrait of a nation

Australian Schools Portrait Project

This project for primary students explores portraits of individuals commemorated in the naming of a Canberra suburb or street.

Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource

Jenny Sages

Paths to Portraiture learning resource

This learning resource is for use in conjunction with the travelling exhibition and provides suggestions for teachers to use before, during and after the Gallery visit.

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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.