Students in Nan Stein’s art class at Dewey Elementary School have artwork they created to mark Hispanic Heritage Month on display this week at the Evanston Public Library.

Students in Nan Stein’s art class at Dewey Elementary School have artwork they created to mark Hispanic Heritage Month on display this week at the Evanston Public Library.

Dewey 3rd grade student Max Morton shows off some of his class’s artwork to his older sister Tyler. (Nan Stein photos)

The students in kindergarten through fourth grade made masks and drew skeletons in the style of the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead.

Stein says the students were inspired by the work of Mexican cartoonist, illustrator and artist Jose Guadalupe Posada whose images of skeletons were meant to satirize the life of the upper class.

The students work will be on display at the library through Nov. 8.

The Mexican holiday, adapted from indigenous cultural traditions, is tied to Catholic religious celebration of All Saints Day today and All Souls Day tomorrow.

The Dewey school Hispanic Heritage Month program also featured folk tales from a variety of Spanish speaking countries.

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