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Venice Mask Making & Decorating Workshop

Venice Mask Making & Decorating Workshop

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It's hard to imagine Venice without the colorful Carnival masks. During your Venice mask making workshop learn the ancient technique of papier-mâché and experience the craft of a mask-maker for a day. Do your kids like coloring and creating? Enjoy a fun and entertaining course of mask decoration with your family. Hear stories on how the famous "bauta" mask was born and discuss the meaning of Venetian masks over the past centuries. This experience is available as a private workshop or you can also join a group class if available

DurationPrices from:
1.5 - 2.5 hours

Venice Mask Making & Decorating Workshop

From: 180.00

Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

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There are different course options to choose from:

  • Classic Papier-mâché mask making (1 mask) & decorating class 2.5 hrs

  • Family class with mask making presentation & 1 mask decorating with feathers & glitter 1.5 hrs

  • Premium family class with mask making presentation and 2 masks decorating using plenty of different materials 2 hrs
Tour Overview Tour Overview

What is the history behind Venice masks? What exactly is the ancient papier-mâché technique? What are the different styles of mask decorating? Learn this and more at the best Venice mask workshop and spend a fun and entertaining day in Venice!

There are different classes to choose from depending on what budget you have and the type of experience you are looking for. This is also a great way of getting to know Venice if you are traveling with children.

Classic Papier-mâché mask making (1 mask) & decorating class 2.5 hrs

For a complete experience select a classic course featuring a Venetian papier-mâché mask making class followed by a decoration course. Enjoy a short introduction about the history of Venetian masks. Create your own papier-mâché mask from the plaster mold using the traditional technique. Select your preferred decorating technique choosing either the traditional one or customize it using glitter and other materials. Now your personal mask is ready! At the end of the class you will receive a gift: a copy of "Masks in Venice" book explaining the history of Venetian masks and how they are crafted. This class is designed for adults and children who are at least 11 years old.

Premium family class with mask making presentation and 2 masks decorating using plenty of different materials 2 hrs

Your Venice mask decorating class will start with a short introduction about the various techniques used for creating masks and what they look like at different stages. You will learn how the masks were born and what their meaning is in the Venetian culture, especially "bauta" and "moretta" masks. The mask-maker will now explain all 12 techniques of mask decorating. Each participant will have two masks to decorate (choose from over 60 types of Venetian masks). For the decoration you will use acrylic tempera paint, a variety of natural wax for finishing, and metallic colors like gold, silver, and copper. In the finishing process you will have at disposal different materials including feathers, rhinestones, trimmings, glitter and more. At any stage of decorating if you are not happy with the result your instructor will guide you how to achieve the desired result. Your last choice will consist in selecting the preferred ribbons for your mask which by now will have dried out and you can carry it home with you. This Venetian masks workshop is limited to max 12 people. You can also opt for the shorter class lasting 1.5 hrs and featuring decorating of one mask including feathers and glitter.

Venice tours & experiences can be customized to suit your requirements. Select between food & wine tasting tours, classic sightseeing tours, boat tours, day trips to the Dolomites and many more! Additional transfers can be arranged so that you can reach the departure locations of each experience.

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This Venetian mask making experience can be arranged as a private tour - price will depend on the number of people in your party, or you can join a group class on a specific day and time if available.
The "starting from" per person rate you see on the website is based on 4 people booking the private premium mask decorating course.

Upon request the class can also be arranged in other languages.

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