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Mask Workshop in a Secret Garden

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 96 reviews.Venice, Italy

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Experience hosted by Augusto

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, Italian

What you'll do

The workshop starts with a brief explanation of the history of masks in Venice, focusing on the historically most significant models: the Commedia dell’Arte masks, the “Bauta” the “Moretta” and the “Dottore della Peste”.
After this introduction into the incredible world of Venetian masks, we pass on to introduce you to the main techniques we use in our craft when decorating the masks. We will give you the right tips and inside knowledge, so that you can pass on to test your skills as the perfect mask maker.
Our expert mask makers have prepared a wide range of paper-mache masks for you to choose from; traditional venetian masks, modern carnival masks, commedia dell’arte, big, small, we will be there to help and assist you to choose the model you would like to work on and advise you on which technique that fits best.
There will of course be time to ask all the questions you would like, and we are happy to share our knowledge and introduce you to this antique venetian craft.
Explanations will of course be adjusted according to age and interests of the participants.
Our friendly expert team will accompany you to get the most out of this experience, and to make a beautiful mask
The workshop starts with a brief explanation of the history of masks in Venice, focusing on the historically most significant models: the Commedia dell’Arte masks, the “Bauta” the “Moretta” and the “Dottore della Peste”.
After this introduction into the incredible world of Venetian masks, we pass on to introduce you to the main techniques we use in our craft when decorating the masks. We will give you the right tips and inside knowledge, so…

Augusto's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Equipment
    You will get everything you need to attend this workshop from us. Gloves an...
From $67
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Sat, Aug 15
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
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$67 per person
Sat, Aug 15
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$67 per person
$67 per person
Mon, Aug 17
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$67 per person
$67 per person

Meet your host, Augusto

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 96 Reviews
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Hello my name is Augusto craftsman registered with the Italian Confederation of Crafts, I founded my mask atelier in Venice in 1996, and have been working with the making of both traditional and innovative venetian masks for theater, exclusive event, serie tv and film Gossip Girl, Fifty Shades and many other, you see the original masks in my studio. My desire is to decorate together an authentic venetian mask that you can take with you. I want to give you an “off the beaten track” experience , will welcome you in to my atelier and share my knowledge of this ancient venetian craftsmanship. I am passionate about The Masks in Venice history, and I love sharing stories with the travellers.
Our workshops suits both adults and families with children
Hello my name is Augusto craftsman registered with the Italian Confederation of Crafts, I founded my mask atelier in Venice in 1996, and have been working with the making of both traditional and innovative venetian masks for theater, exclusive event, serie tv and film Gossip Girl, Fifty Shades and many other, you see the original masks in my studio. My desire is to decorate together an authentic venetian mask that you can take with you. I want to give you an “off the beaten track” experience ,…
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Where you'll be

You will find our workshop tucked away in a quiet corner of the island of Giudecca, in one of Venice's unexpected and beautiful hidden gardens, surrounded by artist studios and art galleries. Being welcomed in to this private space and having the opportunity to get a peak behind the facades in Venice, is a whole experience by itself, and we are always happy to share with you the history of this special place.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 96 reviews.

Ludger
August 2020
Augusto was a super host. He provided us with a nice overview of Venetian mask history and excellent explanation on mask making. The process of the mask making was super fun and the kids loved it. August was very hospitable and friendly.Definitely a great choice !
Augusto was a super host. He provided us with a nice overview of Venetian mask history and excellent explanation on mask making. The process of the mask making was super fun and th…
Antje
August 2020
Wir haben uns freundlich willkommen gefühlt an einem wirklich besonderem Ort. Das Atelier ist eine wahre Schatzgrube der Kreativität und Augusto ein aufmerksamer Gastgeber. Er entführt in die Welt der Masken und unterstützt geduldig, dass entsteht was man sich vorgestellt hat. Ein wirklich einmaliges Erlebnis - wir danken sehr! Antje und Henrietta
Wir haben uns freundlich willkommen gefühlt an einem wirklich besonderem Ort. Das Atelier ist eine wahre Schatzgrube der Kreativität und Augusto ein aufmerksamer Gastgeber. Er entf…
Norman
August 2020
With a little bit of love, fantasy, and magic. You will create your own unique Venetian mask. So did my wife and I. From the very moment, we walked into the garden and got the guided tour to the history of the building all the way to the end when we left with a huge smile and a brilliant memory we felt absolutely at ease and welcome. We learned allot about Venice and the history of the masks and were guided to let our creativity free reign. If you have the time and there is an option for you to take part in this experience, we highly recommend it.
With a little bit of love, fantasy, and magic. You will create your own unique Venetian mask. So did my wife and I. From the very moment, we walked into the garden and got the gu…
Sarah
July 2020
Wow! This was such a wonderful experience. Augusto was so knowledgeable and shared background on the history of masks and the evolution of them. His team has made masks for many notable productions (Spiderman, Playboy, etc). He has an eye for design, but he doesn't try to take over your design. He offers guidance and tips and let's you truly create something of your own. It's so special to make your own mask. We truly enjoyed this experience. They went above and beyond and made sure to provide water, coffee, and kept social distancing. I highly recommend this activity. Definitely worth the price especially since Augusto is so passionate and genuinely wants you to enjoy your trip in Venice (provided many local recommendations).
Wow! This was such a wonderful experience. Augusto was so knowledgeable and shared background on the history of masks and the evolution of them. His team has made masks for many no…
Jared
July 2020
An opportunity to learn about the craft of Venetian maskmaking in a firsthand experience. You will have just over a dozen templates to start from. Great experience, interesting location in Giudecca.
Laura
July 2020
My family had a great time making masks with Augusto. The history of mask-wearing and making that Augusto shared was very interesting. My daughters said it was one of their favorite things we did while in Venice.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

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