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The National Portrait Gallery will offer a free online masterclass from 28 April

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The Amazing Face: a 14-day Dive into Portraiture will offer participants a masterclass on the art of portraiture—for free.

Art lovers—looking for a way to enrich your #stayhomesavelives routine? We might have found the perfect fit.

While The National Portrait Gallery remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, their online programs are just getting started—kicking off with The Amazing Face: a 14-day Dive into Portraiture.

Taking place from 28 April online, the free masterclass will be a deep dive into the art of portraiture. For 14 days, some of the most iconic portraits from the NPG Collection will be examined, with curatorial and artistic insights shared.

There will be interactive elements, with participants encouraged to use their knowledge to create their own portrait which they can share with loved ones at the end of the masterclass.

“Sharing stories about Australian life and people through the lens of portraiture informs everything we do, so animating our collection is always a priority,” says NPG Director Karen Quinlan AM.

“But we have asked ourselves, during this really difficult time, how can we create new programs and activities that have the potential to enrich the lives of people who are at home.”

“The Amazing Face was an idea we thought would appeal to those who are looking to spend their isolation time on self-improvement and self-care, through learning about art.  It will be information-rich, challenging, and also something people can look forward to every day.”

For the little ones, the NPG’s award-winning interactive HEADHUNT! program, which was originally designed for children to use whilst in the gallery, will be available as a downloadable app from the end of April.

In HEADHUNT!, children can take a virtual tour of the galleries, clicking on individual works to hear more about the subject, the artist, and to participate in interactive activities.

And, if you’re one of the many Canberrans who is using their time in social isolation to grow beards, moustaches, muttonchops and bushranger beards, your humble mo’ could be the new star of Mo Show.

Launching in early May, the NPG is inviting Canberrans to share their hairy hard work on Instagram where they’ll be highlighted alongside portraits of the similarly hirsute from the NPG Collection.

“We want to introduce as many people as possible to portraiture now that they might have more time on their hands, so we invite them to come and visit us online, and also share their stories with us, in a way that keeps us all connected through art and ideas,” says Ms Quinlan.

All can be found on PortraitureComesHome.

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