having to create an traditional religious angel could be problematic for some students whose belief systems don't jibe with that sort of thing. how about reading a story to students about someone or something that "looks out for" someone else, particularly a child (any titles to offer, artsednetters?) and then having students discuss/write down personal a experience in which they felt someone - a mother, dog, deceased relative - was watching over them or protecting them. students could then come up with a set of symbols which depicted the most important elements of their story. they could create a drawing or painting which was a portrait of their personal "angel" with these symbols as a part of the background or on the clothing of their "angel". the story of their experience could be displayed along with their artwork. a display of works like this would be very powerful and moving, i think!
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