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1. Select type of school
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1A. Please select who is making the booking
Costs will vary depending if the booking is made directly by the school or by a travel agent. Please see details below.
Cost: £75 per group when school books directly with The National Gallery.
Cost: £100 per group when booked by a travel agency.
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2. School details
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3. Your contact details
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4. Finance contact details
The invoice will need to be paid before the school's visit. Cancellations made with less than 28 days' notice and no-shows will incur charges.
Cancellations made with less than 48 hrs' notice and no-shows will incur charges.
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Group X details

You can book a maximum of 4 groups for each individual date in the booking request. You can make a booking for more than one date.

Groups are limited in size according to the Key Stage selected. If the entire group is SEND, the minimum number of students is 8 and the maximum number of students is 10.

If you plan to visit with a group of students of a wide age range, you must book them into separate groups according to Key Stage.

1. Key Stage
Please select the Key Stage for Group X.
Age range: 3 - 5 years old
Group size: min 10 - max 30 (for entire SEND group min 8 - max 10)
Age range: 5 - 11 years old
Group size: min 10 - max 30 (for entire SEND group min 8 - max 10)
Age range: 11 - 18 years old
Group size: min 10 - max 25 (for entire SEND group min 8 - max 10)
2. Choose a theme for your tour
Themes on offer are suited to particular age group. Please go back to step 1 of group booking and choose the key stage of the visiting group in order to see available themes.
Art through history: Renaissance, Baroque, The Dutch Golden Age, or Impressionism
Students will be given an overview of their chosen period which will place it in the context of the wider history of art and help make connections across time. By looking at a small number of paintings in depth, they will explore the style, themes, materials and techniques of the time and how the art of the period fits into broader social and political developments.
General introduction
Pupils will be introduced to the richness of the nation’s, and therefore their collection. They will practise their observational and visual literacy skills by focusing on three paintings from across the Gallery.
General introduction
Students will be introduced to the richness of the nation’s, and therefore their collection. They will practise their observational and visual literacy skills by focusing on three paintings from across the gallery.
History through art
The National Gallery represents a slice of history (Western European History, 1250–1912), and paintings can be a good and useful record of a different time and place – such as Renaissance paintings, for example. The materials artists had available and as a result, the way paintings look, can tell us about changing times. For example, portraits can show us how wealth, power, and status were understood and conveyed, at different times, places and political contexts; changes in fashion and etiquettes can be explored as well as the effects of significant cultural and technological changes such as the coming of the railways and photography.
Materials, techniques, and processes
Pupils will explore how a painting is made, both physically and compositionally. They will be introduced to the differing materials and processes artists have used over time. Through guided looking they will examine how artists have composed the painting, used colour, light and tone and how effects such as texture and perspective have been created.
Materials, techniques, and processes
Students spend time exploring different materials and processes that are used in the making of paintings, and their different properties. A specialist educator will investigate visually with your students how artists create, for example, perspective, pattern, colour and light.
Myths and legends
Pupils will explore the ways in which artists have told stories in paint; how they have plotted complex narratives, created atmosphere, introduced characters and swept the viewer along in the emotion of the story, all in a single canvas. They will be encouraged to work through the story as it is portrayed in the painting, using the visual clues the artist has included, and give their own opinions and interpretation. This session is therefore suitable both as an introduction to the topic, and for those groups who already have a working knowledge of myths and legends.
Myths and legends
Students explore a selection of myths and legends through the visual language of paintings and gain more of an understanding of the genre. Specialist educators will encourage students to express their opinions and ideas about the stories explored. These narratives never fail to engage young people. They can be a good way of encouraging looking at paintings, but specific links can also be made for students studying Homer and Virgil.
Religion in art
Though the religious works in the collection are essentially Christian, pupils will be encouraged to think more generally about how artists have portrayed the sacred, imagine the spaces they were commissioned for and what they meant to people at the time. Through large-scale altarpieces and smaller works for private devotion, pupils will investigate how artist have used symbols, colour, and composition to represent stories and key beliefs. Sessions may act as a general investigation or focus on particular festivals such as Christmas or Easter.
Religion in art
Students will consider how religious narratives can be represented in paintings – particularly in the comparison of two treatments of the same subject (e.g. The Annunciation). Pupils will be guided in thinking about how artists represent moral ideas in Christian art – ideas of good and bad behaviour, the demands of family, sacrifice and duty. Sessions may act as a general investigation or focus on particular festivals such as Christmas or Easter.
Still life, Landscape, or Portraiture
Pupils will be given an overview of their chosen genre, looking at how it has been approached by different artists working across the periods covered by the collection. Gallery educators will guide them through the key elements of composition in either Still life, Landscape or Portraiture, encouraging comparisons of style and technique.
Still life, Landscape, or Portraiture
Students will explore chosen genre across the periods covered by the collection, looking at how it has been approached by different artists. Gallery educators will guide them through the key elements of composition in either Still life, Landscape or Portraiture, encouraging comparisons of style and technique.
Storytelling
See paintings come to life through storytelling and object handling on this lively trip through the Gallery, specially tailored for Early Years learners.
Take One Picture - A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas
Available from 18 October 2021. The Take One Picture focus painting in 2021/2022 is 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' by Claude-Joseph Vernet. Pupils will explore the painting along with two others chosen to complement their understanding and observational skills. This session will work either as an introduction to Take One Picture or to enhance and consolidate knowledge for those who have already worked on the project.
Take One Picture - The finding of Moses
Date
Available until Friday, 15 October 2021
The Take One Picture focus painting in 2020/2021 is ‘The finding of Moses’ by Orazio Gentileschi. Pupils will explore the painting along with two others chosen to complement their understanding and observational skills. This session will work either as an introduction to Take One Picture or to enhance and consolidate knowledge for those who have already worked on the project.
Techniques for visual analysis
This session searches through the collection finding hidden symbols in paintings. Specialist educators guide pupils in looking for clues and making connections between objects in the paintings explored. Students develop their visual literacy whilst building their confidence in describing and discussing what they see.
The world around us – Water, Weather, Plants and animals, or Buildings
Pupils will be introduced to the ways in which artists have represented the natural world and the built environment. During investigations in the Gallery they will discover for themselves the artistic techniques that bring the painted world alive. Sessions may focus on depictions of Water, Weather, Plants and animals, or Buildings considering how artists have represented their chosen element and created a world the viewer can inhabit.
3. Choose a topic for your theme
Some themes cover different topics. Please go back to Step 2 of group booking and choose the main theme for your visit to see the available topics (if applicable for the theme selected).
4. First date preference

Please provide 3 possible dates which you can definitely attend, in order of preference.

We are now taking bookings for visits from 13 September 2021 to 17 December 2021.

Please choose your first preferred date.
Please go back to step 2 of group booking and choose the main theme of the visit to see date availability, as availability depends on theme selection. You will also have the option of booking a lunch room for your visit.
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5. Second date preference

Please provide 3 possible dates which you can definitely attend, in order of preference.

We are now taking bookings for visits from 13 September 2021 to 17 December 2021.

Please choose your second preferred date.
Please go back to step 2 of group booking and choose the main theme of the visit to see date availability, as availability depends on theme selection. You will also have the option of booking a lunch room for your visit.
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6. Third date preference

Please provide 3 possible dates which you can definitely attend, in order of preference.

We are now taking bookings for visits from 13 September 2021 to 17 December 2021.

Please choose your third preferred date.
Please go back to step 2 of group booking and choose the main theme of the visit to see date availability, as availability depends on theme selection. You will also have the option of booking a lunch room for your visit.
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7. SEND students
Group X details

Key Stage:

Group size:

We require that each group must be accompanied by their teacher (and additional adults) at all times. If a SEND student in your group needs 1:1 support, they may be accompanied by an additional adult.
The National Gallery guidelines for visits of this kind are that the adult to student ratio should be X:Y.

Do you have SEND students in your group?
How many SEND students are in your group?
SEND requirements
Please specify the requirements of your SEND students so that we can cater to their needs (e.g. we will make sure that visually impaired students receive large print copies).
8. Group size
Group X details

Key Stage:

Group size:

We require that each group must be accompanied by their teacher (and additional adults) at all times. If a SEND student in your group needs 1:1 support, they may be accompanied by an additional adult.
The National Gallery guidelines for visits of this kind are that the adult to student ratio should be X:Y.

Please enter the number of students in your group.
Total number of students
Oops, min number of students for this group is X, and max number of students for this group is X.
9. Group lead contact details
Group X details

Key Stage:

Group size:

We require that each group must be accompanied by their teacher (and additional adults) at all times. If a SEND student in your group needs 1:1 support, they may be accompanied by an additional adult.
The National Gallery guidelines for visits of this kind are that the adult to student ratio should be X:Y.

Group X lead contact details

Each group must have its own Group lead. If you plan to visit with more than one class, you must provide a different teacher's details for each group.

Please provide details of the Group lead who will be leading this group on the day of your visit.
This must be a mobile phone that the Group lead keeps with them on the day of their visit. It will only be used if we need to contact them on the day of the visit (e.g. in case of travel delays or emergencies).
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10. Any other information
For example, let us know what you are currently studying and how you'd like this trip to support it.
11. Add another group
Would you like to add another group?
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Thank you
Your unique reference number is:

Thank you for submitting a booking request for a Talking Paintings Tour at the National Gallery.

We will carefully review the details and email you within the next five working days.

If the date and time slot options you provided are available, we will book the session for you as soon as possible. Once the booking is processed, you and the group leaders will receive a confirmation email.

If none of the options are available, we will get in touch with you about finding some alternatives, so please make sure you do not book transportation until your request has been confirmed.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at schoolbookings@ng-london.org.uk, quoting your unique reference number.

 

Kind regards,
School Bookings Team
The National Gallery