In preparation to Mardi Gras, Billings costume designer Glenda Brauneis will teach a class on mask making at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Jan. 20.

The class runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum’s education studio. The class includes a short talk about the history of Mardi Gras and the historic significance of masks. In between mask-making activities, students will celebrate Mardi Gras with a king cake.

Students will make three masks. The first will be a painted full-face mask that represents the unique identity of the student. Hiding one’s identity and taking on a different one is important in this mask.

The second mask will be made from wire mesh and inspired by Mardi Gras mask maker Lou Trahan. These masks utilize ordinary objects like spent shotgun shells, bottle caps, felt and the like.

The last creation will be a free-form piece using a plastic half face mask as a base, embellished with other materials that range from feathers and glitter to newspaper and craft notions.

Brauneis has been a costumer for over 20 years, designing and creating both costumes and masks for private commissions and theaters nationwide. In the last year, she created the costumes for Sacrifice Cliff’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the children’s opera production of “Cinderella” at the NOVA Center.

Cost of the class is $60 for museum members and $67 for nonmembers. A $10 supply fee will be paid directly to the instructor.

Visit the museum website — — or call the front desk at 256-6804 to register for the class. 


Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.