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Mask making Venice: workshop in Burano Island

An artisan enterprise located in the picturesque island of Burano, where some of the most ancient Venetian traditions are still kept alive.
A mask making workshop in Venice that is true to the famous Commedia dell’Arte!



A mask making class in Venice, entirely dedicated to typical Venetian carnival masks.

You will be guided by a true expert mask maker along a creative journey leading to the discovery of traditional masks creation from the Commedia dell’Arte: from the handmade creation in papier-mâché to the final decoration with watercolours, gold leaves and fabrics.

You may choose your favourite mask among the ones at your disposal, and unleash your creativity! Learn about the history of venetian masks with Marco, our master artisan. 

Two kinds of workshops are proposed:

  • mask making workshop
  • mask painting workshop

You can choose one or combine both of them. 

He will pamper you, offering  bussolai (typical Burano cookies) in order to enhance your creative abilities. At the end of the class, you will not just bring back your splendid and authentic handmade Venetian mask, but the age-old techniques and secrets of a true tradition.

Why to choose this workshop in Burano Island?

Far away from Piazza San Marco and Venice crowd, Burano island will enchant you. 

If you prefer a mask shop in Venice centre, consult our offer Venice mask painting.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help! This activity is suitable both for children and adults. 

How to make venice carnival masks

The mold of the Carnival mask

The masks are made entirely by hand from a clay mould where the model of the mask is in relief (positive). Then, this mould is placed in a wooden box where plaster is poured to obtain a hollow plaster mould in which small pieces of papier-mâché are placed, starting at the edges. It is a very meticulous job that requires patience and method, because all these pieces of wet paper must hold together and have a uniform surface: that of the mask itself when it is detached from the plaster. Each of these white masks then receives the colour and decorations that animate it and make it unique, like a face. Papier mâché is a guarantee traditional and local production. 

Painted carnival mask

Once the “white” mask is made, the painter’s talents are then brought into play. Some masks reproduce famous paintings or drawings. From then on, everything is a matter of taste and depending on the patterns and colours you will be attracted to use. Each mask is therefore not only have been made by hand, strip of papier mâché by strip of papier mâché, but also painted by your hands.


Mask of the Venice Carnival

It is good to know that there are “wearable” masks and decorative masks to hang in your living room. You can of course buy a mask to wear that is both decorative and decorative, but you will see that they are often quite different.


Venice masks have been at the centre of the attention in “Eyes wide shut” movie with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.




    Mask making and decoration using watercolours, gold leaf and/or brocade: 70 EUR/person
    Decoration using watercolours, gold leaf and/or brocade: 58 EUR/person


    Approx. 2h30


    Every day, upon request

    Spoken Languages

    • Italian
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish

    Included / Excluded

    Included :

    Materials to create and decorate the mask. The final result: your mask.

    Excluded :

    Anything that is not specified in the “Included” section.

    Sales Conditions

    Should you cancel the experience within 48 hours from the chosen date, a 50% fee will be withheld.
    There will be no refund in case of a NO SHOW, i.e. not attending the experience at the time and place agreed for the experience to be carried out.

    Other practical information

    Experience suitable for kids from 8 years old
    Experience from 1 to a maximum of 4 participants
    Possibility to perform the activity in a group of max. 50 people. Please contact us for more information

    Meeting Point EN



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