Hispanic Heritage Month: Puerto Rican Festival Masks

We have a large population of Mexican children at our school, so I wanted them to learn about another culture, but still within the realm of Hispanic culture.

So the 2nd graders learned about the island of Puerto Rico and the traditional masks worn during Carnival called Vejigantes (Veh-he-gon-tays)!

We paper mâchéd but since we couldn’t use balloons because of allergies, the 5th grade art room helpers and I used balls of newspaper wrapped in foil for the 2nd graders to use.

It was most of the students’ first time doing paper mâché and it was pretty funny listening to them being grossed out when the were doing it! But they did an awesome job!

2nd Grade Festival Masks

After I cut them open, the kids painted them. While they painted, I read a story about Ramon and the Vejigantes called Vejigante Masquerader.

2nd grade Vejigantes

2nd grade Vejigantes

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

2 responses to “Hispanic Heritage Month: Puerto Rican Festival Masks

  1. Connie Hamilton

    Amazing young artists at Mark Twain Elementary! Way to go Ms. Luna!

  2. Pingback: 2nd’s Native American Sunset | Slanging Paint In 160

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