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Mask Workshop in a Secret Garden

Venice, Italy

Experience hosted by Augusto

90 minsHosted in English, Spanish, and Italian
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Free cancellation
Full refund at least 7 days before the experience starts or within 24 hours of booking.
Up to 6 people, private groups available
Includes equipment

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
Other things to note
Five Minutes to Palanca Boat Stop
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…

What's included

  • Equipment
    You will get everything you need to attend this workshop from us. Gloves an...

Meet your host, Augusto

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 125 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 125 reviews.

Kristin
June 2021
This was so much fun! My friends and I had a blast and we all love how our masks turned out :) You should definitely give this experience a try!
Tanya
June 2021
I had a wonderful time designing my own Carneval Mask with Augusto and Giorgia! It took almost 2 hours to create, glue, paint and add some highlights to my full face mask. I loved the little Atelier and the creative atmosphere around! If you're interested in artwork and history of the traditional Venezian Masks this is a unique must-do experience! Grazie mille, Augusto!
I had a wonderful time designing my own Carneval Mask with Augusto and Giorgia! It took almost 2 hours to create, glue, paint and add some highlights to my full face mask. I loved…
Ramzy
June 2021
It was a really great experience , worth the cost , augustogive you a little history about the mask in Venice, he is a really nice and welcome man ! You select a mask and add some pieces on it ( which is way better than most of the other mask creation) And then you use a technique to paint it in two different color Well we really like it and are really proud of our mask , we will do it again next time we come in Venice !!!
It was a really great experience , worth the cost , augustogive you a little history about the mask in Venice, he is a really nice and welcome man ! You select a mask and add some…
Jennifer
February 2021
A great activity for a family. My 9 year old really enjoyed getting to choose the designs and colors she wanted. Augusto is very helpful and talented!
Pietro
February 2021
Esperienza unica, la consiglio vivamente! Augusto è un grande professionista e una persona molto ospitale; grazie alla sua guida abbiamo realizzato delle bellissime maschere e trascorso una mattinata indimenticabile!
Patrizia
February 2021
an amazing experience! augusto revealed all the secrets to prepare a professional mask. the location is worthy of a movie! the kindness and cheerfulness with which he greeted us made everything magical! I really recommend it from my heart

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