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About Learning

Our National Learning Service aims to enrich lives by connecting art, people and ideas across centuries, countries and cultures

Ways to learn

Whether it’s online, in the Gallery, or in schools or other locations, we work with audiences across the country to support their learning.

We offer programmes for children, young people and adults, suitable for all levels of interest and abilities.

Learners, in turn, help us to bring new and diverse perspectives to paintings in the collection.

For schools

Primary schools

Help develop children's confidence, communication and creativity through tours, workshops, storytelling and our national Take One Picture programme.

What's on for Primary schools

Secondary schools

Our lively talks, workshops and national Articulation programme help students to prepare not only for exams, but for life beyond school.

What's on for Secondary schools

For families

Take part in artist-led workshops or discover ways into paintings and their stories online at home.

Family events

Whatever your age, get creative and explore National Gallery paintings with artists, performers and musicians,

See our Family events

Keeper of paintings

Step into a hidden world of art and magic with our immersive app developed in partnership with children.

Discover the Keeper of paintings

Friday lates

We're open until 9pm on Fridays, so you can visit our collection and exhibitions while they're open late, as well as an exciting programme of events including talks, tours, performances and creative sessions.
Friday Lates


Stories of art

Our popular course, led by experts and guest speakers, explores over 700 years of art history, focusing on a different century each module.

Find out more about Stories of Art

Upcoming events

From courses, talks and workshops, see what’s on at Trafalgar Square, and online.

See all events

Films and features

Our latest films and features

Discover our stories 


Search our learning resources

Our painting notes and short films will help you make the most of your visit and provide useful starting points for research when using paintings in the classroom and beyond.

Find out more