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Venice Mask Painting : join our creative Workshops!

In our studio a few steps away from Rialto bridge learn how to decorate a traditional Venetian mask and bring home the best handcrafted souvenir!

WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?

You will explore a traditional technique and craft a wonderful souvenir

A spectacular atelier your give you inspiration and your creative vein will be freed

You will hold in your hands an authentic Venetian mask, a unique and delightful feeling

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The Venice mask is truely a symbol of Venice, linked to its origins and to those of Carnival celebrations. Among the most famous masks are the Plague Doctor and the Bauta, but whoever enters an atelier of Venetian masks will be stunned by the kaleidoscope of shapes, styles and colors of these beautiful masks that there are available.Venetian artisans still use ancient techniques and keep developing these masks made of paper mache, to cater for masked shows, theatre companies, and of course, Carnival Masquerade Balls.

A Venice Mask will certainly represent a gorgeous souvenir of your trip, but what if you actually learn how to make an original Venetian mask with your hands? Join our workshop of Venice Mask Painting and Mask Creation in the very heart of Venice. Enter our Costumes and masks atelier, only a few minutes away from St. Mark Square and Rialto Bridge, and lean how to make a mask starting from scratch.

In our mask shop, Venetian artisans will teach you the secrets of their art and you will obtain a gorgeous and unique mask, an original from Venice!  

Venice Mask Painting: discover a millennia-long story having a lot of fun!

For a certain period in Venice history, everybody would wear a mask as a daily habit  to do their things in town without taking the risk of being recognized. If you walk a Venice street you will notice it’s almost impossible not to look at people in the eyes while you pass each other. And in the past as well people needed not to recognized for many reasons (not all of them legal or morally accepted). So the need of privacy in Venice brought to the mask solution for a while. However the doge, ruler of Venice, realized things were going out of control and banished this custom, by limiting the use of the mask only to Carnival period. This then became a symbol of unbridled freedoms and the levelling of social classes.

Although the use of the mask has changed over time, its crafting remains faithful to the original technique. The papier-mâché structure results from careful workmanship and is hand-decorated by the craftsman according to their creative fantasy with designs, embroidery, beads or feathers!

By joining our mask workshops you will discover all the secrets of these beautiful objects and learn how to make them yourself!

Venetian Mask Painting & Crafting: how does it works

In a splendid atelier just a few minutes away from Rialto, you will be guided through an artistic workshop of creation and decoration of a mask. You can create a mask from scratch by learning to use papier-mâché and different decorative materials, or, you can skip the creation part and focus on a decoration-only workshop by choosing a pre-made artesanal mask to work on.

The result will be a truly unique mask to show off during Carnival period or keep as a souvenir of your trip to Venice!

You have two options for your workshop:

  • Mask Decoration Workshop: duration 2 hours and a half. You can choose the mask model you prefer and decorate it with the materials proposed in the atelier.
  • Mask Creation & Decoration Workshop: duration 5 hours. You will create your papier-mâché mask model and the next day you will return for the decoration.

The mask creation and decoration workshop takes two days to allow the mask to dry out after the first processing phase.

Our Mask Workshops are suitable for all ages!

As a couple, as a family, as a group, or one-to-one with the teacher: you will love taking this workshop and enter our magical world. From the masks of the Commedia dell’arte to the most visionary fantasy masks, you will find inspiration on every wall of our atelier!

The activity is suitable for everyone, since it is possible to reach different degrees of complexity in the creation or decoration of masks with the help of craftsmen. They adapt explanations and help to the age of the participants.

For kids participants the minimum recommended age to take the workshop is 7 y.o.  and an adult should be present with any minors.

Would you like more information? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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You can follow your inspiration on the colourful Burano island too, where similar workshop takes place: check our page Mask Making Venice.

Mask making is a complex world of its own! Check our articles: how to make Venice Carnival Masks, and Venice Carnival Masks : how to recognize the original ones

 

FEATURES

  • Child Friendly
  • Private Experience

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Price

Mask Decoration Workshop (2h 30): 75 EUR / person
Mask Creation and Decoration Workshop (5 h): 120 EUR / person

Duration

2 h 30 to 5 h

Availability

Every day

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Included / Excluded

Included :

Workshop

Materials

Excluded :

Sales Conditions

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the start, a refund of 90% of the price will be applied.

For cancellations up to 24 hours before the start, a refund of 50% of the price will be applied.
For cancellationsin within 24 hours before the start and in casee of NO SHOW there will be no refund.

Other practical information

Workshop for indvidals and groups
Suitable for kids from 7 year-old

Meeting Point EN

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