Behind the Seams with Designer Michelle Smith
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. EST
Online via Zoom
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is known for wearing and supporting American designers and clothing brands. This interest may be best represented in the now-iconic dress by Milly that she wears in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2018 painting of her by Amy Sherald. Join the dress’s designer, Michelle Smith, and the Portrait Gallery’s senior historian and acting chief curator, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, as they discuss this remarkable garment, the “power of the needle” to change women’s lives, and the new clothing line that Smith is now in the process of launching. This program accompanies the exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States,” curated by Shaw. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon registration. Free—Registration required.
Young Portrait Explorers
Biweekly on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. EST
Explore portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes – and discover the stories behind them. Join the Portrait Gallery each week for a close look at a featured portrait. Then we’ll dig deeper with some discussion questions and get moving with fun activities on the day’s topic. Download PDF activity guides from the “Visit at Home” page of the Portrait Gallery’s website at npg.si.edu. For children ages 3 and up and their families.
Tuesdays, 5 p.m. EST
Online via Zoom
Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Free—Register at npg.eventbrite.com.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. EST
Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week a Portrait Gallery educator will shine a light on some of this country’s lesser-known historymakers and their portraits. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families.
Drawn to Figures
Thursdays, 11 a.m. EST
Discover your inner artist in this online workshop on sketching the human body. Artist Jill Galloway will highlight the techniques and challenges of figure drawing while providing guided instruction and helpful tips. Open to all skill levels, ages 13 and up.
Fridays, 11 a.m. EST
The Portrait Gallery is bringing its weekly art workshops to your home via YouTube. Each Friday, we will post a video with a new activity or technique. Grab a family member or your roommates, or make a virtual date with a friend, and get creative with artist Jill Galloway. Artists of all ages and skill levels will enjoy creating art inspired by the Portrait Gallery’s collection.