Noche de Rábanos


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Sundays 10:30-11:20 am PST

March 10, March 17, March 24, (no class March 31), April 7, April 14


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

Explore part of the vast, complex world of Mexican art and cultural traditions! Course topics range from cultural celebrations to architecture and modern folk art. We’ll participate in creative projects and stimulating discussions designed to connect us to ancient and modern Mexican art as we collaborate with one another. Resources for further multidisciplinary study will encourage independent learning beyond the scope of our 6-week introduction. Bring your curiosity, openness, and willingness to share and listen.

Week 1: Alebrijes - Mexican folk art
Week 2: Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes)
Week 3: Maya Codices - writing systems and visual storytelling
Week 4: Mexican Mural Art - then and now
Week 5: Sacred Mayan Architecture - Izamal, Uxmal and Chichen Itza
Week 6: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Student Outcomes:

  • Gain appreciation for unique cultural traditions other than their own 
  • Make connections to their own experiences and values, and to one another
  • Collaborate with peers on creative projects in response to course topics

Student Experience

Pattern Seeker



Global Citizen

Your Teacher: Julietta Bekker

Julietta Bekker was the founding Upper School Spanish teacher at the Nueva School in San Mateo, California. While at Nueva, she designed curricula and programs, led student trips to Peru, facilitated an international cultural exchange program, and taught and advised gifted students. She has taught all levels of middle and high school Spanish for over a decade, incorporating cultural studies and design thinking. Julietta received her master’s in Spanish from Middlebury College, with most of her graduate coursework completed while she lived in Madrid, Spain. She currently works as a private Spanish tutor and illustrator in Portland, Oregon.