Vejigante Masks at PS 48M

  • First we have to do a base coat, then layer the paint to strenghten the masks

At PS 48M the visual arts class is building vejigante masks. Students researched the history of the Puerto Rican masks and play to display them in time for carnival. Vejigantes wear brightly colored, ornate masks of all colors and a costume with bat-like wings. The term vejigante derives from the word vejiga (bladder) and gigante (giant), because they used to be made of blown up and painted cow bladders. We used balloons instead!