Here's the concept sketch, which I scribbled off a few hours before the first class on the back page of a calender:
Now, two weeks later, here is the panel to turn into the teacher:
I had originally intended to go over the image with some colored pencils and oil pastels, adding detail, but I'm completely out of time so too bad! After everything's graded, and we dismantle our pieces, I hope I can finish this as I originally intended.
The deities, front row from left to right, are:
1/ Men (later Mithras), Phyrgia
2/ Generic Earth Mother/Goddess figure, pick your favorite one
3/ Chang-Ngo, China
4/ Shiva, India
5/ Ares or Mars, Greece or Rome (your pick)
6/ Freya (or generic Valkyrie), Norse mythology (originally she was going to be blonde)
7/ Mr. Grim Reaper
The little group on the background contains
1/ The Virgin Mary
and a prostrate Neptune.
edit to add final group project, after it was all assembled: