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Mask Workshop in a Secret Garden

Venice, Italy

Experience hosted by Augusto

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 6 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
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…

Augusto's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    You will get everything you need to attend this workshop from us. Gloves an...
From $67
/ person
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Meet your host, Augusto

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 122 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 122 reviews.

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
Kaylee
December 2020
We had a FANTASTIC experience with Augusto! This is an absolute MUST DO experience in Venice! He is very helpful, patient, and makes great conversation as you’re working on your masterpiece. A true once in a lifetime experience!
Léa
November 2020
I recommend this workshop without hesitation. The place is very nice, just like Augusto. The decoration of the mask is an original and very pleasant activity in a calm and creative atmosphere. The narration of Augusto was very interesting and you leave with the best possible memory of Venice: your mask.
I recommend this workshop without hesitation. The place is very nice, just like Augusto. The decoration of the mask is an original and very pleasant activity in a calm and creative…
Alexis
October 2020
Very good experience, I advise all people to make is own mask with Augusto. He advised us many place in Venise. Thank you again for this excellent afternoon. See you!

Things to know

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.