My Super Heroes

Marion Deuchars has created a My Super Heroes work book with the National Portrait Gallery.

Front cover
Front cover

The book marks a ten-year association between Great Ormond Street Hospital School and The National Portrait Gallery, which every year looks to engage pupils from the school with pieces from the gallery’s collection.

Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake

My Super Heroes, is a wonderful conceit, which allows famous figures to step out of the frames of the National Portrait Gallery and into the lives of children who have limited access to the outside world.

 Many of the portrait sitters within the book, including Sir Francis Drake, Michael Faraday, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Mary Seacole, are presented as a sort of Top Trump.

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

Pankhurst: Strengths, ‘Brave hardworker.’ Seacole: Strengths, ‘Not scared of danger. Could make her own medicines.’

Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton

Rather then ask you to chose who’s more heroic though, each portrait leads to an exercise on the opposite page, all drawn up in Deuchar’s free-hand illustration style.  

The aim is that children are encouraged to imagine their own superheroes through drawing and creative writing.

Mary Seacole
Mary Seacole

It seems to be working according to one workshop participant who says, ‘I was feeling down today. I feel better now I’m drawing.’

Children get to work on the book
Children get to work on the book

My Super Heroes is also being used in schooling workshops at Evelina Children’s Hospital School and Vital Arts, Royal London Children’s Hospital.

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