Visual Arts Resources for K-12 Teachers

An introduction to Using MY HERO free art education resources for Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes. Student artists are invited to submit their artwork to MY HERO for publication.

Art Resources and Lessons
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Students Are Invited to Participate: All Ages Are Welcome

Portrait Contest for Students 2024
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Overview of the MY HERO Art Gallery

Our gallery features artworks dedicated to the theme of heroism. All of our art programs and content are curated to exhibit professional and student art and to reflect the unique traits of heroes from all walks of life.

Overview of MY HERO Art Gallery


The Gallery features professional and student hero art that illustrates individuals and messages of hope and inspiration.Artists from around the world have contributed their unique vision of heroism to express their gratitude and their admiration for their heroes and the courageous acts they have performed to address society's most pressing issues. Accessing the images in the Gallery to elaborate on the themes of heroism and to inspire the creation of new hero art are two examples of how MY HERO can be utilized in the classroom. Watch these two short videos to provide for more information from the MY HERO Gallery Director.  


Meet Our Mentor - Victoria Murphy

The MY HERO Project
Victoria Murphy explains her vision and passion for using Art to tell inspiring HERO stories.

Visualize Heroism - the MY HERO Teacher Training Video

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Learn about MY HERO's online art gallery.

Lesson Plans 

Connecting Poetry and Art

Poetry inspires artwork and artwork inspires poetry. There are many ways to engage students in a project that includes both. Great Cross-Curricular Activity.

Using Art to Inspire Poetry
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Connecting Art and Poetry Lesson Plan
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Additional Lesson Plans



Elements of Art
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Artist St. George shares how he creates his artwork with time-lapsed films and creates a portfolio of his artwork published on the MY HERO website

Draw your hero and create a portfolio
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Study Hero Portraits
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Study Portraits of Heroes Submitted by Global Artists

Robert Shetterly

Produced by:The MY HERO Project
Artist, Robert Shetterly discusses his series, americans who tell the truth

Student and professional original hero art from the MY HERO Gallery

By: victoria murphy
Share your vision of heroism with our global online audience
Portraits of Women: Women's History
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Use Art Resources to Inspire Eco Heroism, Courage and Peace

Artists for Peace

By: victoria murphy
Artists Creating Universal Images to Promote Peace

20 Years of Peace Pals International Celebrating May Peace Prevail On Earth with Children All Around the Globe

By: Jun Kelly
Celebrating Peace Pals International Student Artists, Ambassadors of Peace
Peace Pals
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Study and Analyze Hero Portraits 

Hero Portraits that honor family members from the Gallery

By: victoria murphy
Students of all ages and professional artists illustrate mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings in loving portraits Use these images for Elementary School students to understand how to illustrate their family heroes

Portraits of Heroes

By: victoria murphy
View thes faces and study how each artist presents his/her chosen hero. Ask each student to pick two portraits that resonate with them, identify the sitter and then discuss their hero traits in the classroom

Artist Heroes

Robert Shetterly

By: David Kemker
Robert Shetterly paints portraits of Americans who have acted with courage to do the right thing.


By: Victoria from Laguna Beach
Guernica Picasso's work of art evokes peace worldwide.

Peace Pals International - Youth Ambassadors of Peace guided by Jules Lamore

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Lily Yeh finds beauty in broken places

By: Natalie Pompilio<br> Yes! Magazine <br> <h5>Permission to use this material<...
Lily Yeh of the Barefoot Artists project helps heal war-torn, broken, and economically devastated communities through art.

How to Use the Create Program to Upload Original Artwork Tutorial

Using the Create Program to Submit Artwork Tutoria
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For Additional Resources and Lesson Plans, Go to the MY HERO Lesson Plan Center

Lesson Plan Center
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View the Gallery and Create an Original Art Webpage

MY HERO Art Gallery
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Create an Art Page
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How to upload your art to a webpage. 

Gallery Tutorial
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Learn about the MY HERO Gallery and upload your inspiring hero art.

MY HERO Gallery Flyer
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A lesson plan by the Gallery Director with suggestions for how to inspire students to study and make hero art. 

Teacher's Guide to Using MY HERO Virtual Art Gallery
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Organizer created on 8/6/2019 5:33:16 PM by victoria murphy

Last edited 1/17/2024 2:13:31 PM by Laura Nietzer