Mask making with a Venetian mask artist

Venice, Italy

Experience hosted by Sofia

90 mins, Hosted in English, Spanish, and Italian
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Up to 5 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Come into my atelier and enjoy some time with me, immersed in the authentic atmosphere of a traditional laboratory of papier-mâché masks. You will learn how to paint and decorate a mask while discover the history of Venetian masks and its makers.
You will put on one of my aprons and choose your favorite unpainted mask. Then I will explain and teach you the traditional techniques I use in my work, from painting to gold leaf application, with which you will express your creativity, creating a unique and personal work of art.
I will guide you through each step of the decoration process. I will be by your side at all times helping you and advising you on the best way to realize what you imagined. This workshop is open to everybody and it fits according to your interests and your age, so you can take home a unique Venetian mask, handmade completely by you.

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Come into my atelier and enjoy some time with me, immersed in the authentic atmosphere of a traditional laboratory of papier-mâché masks. You will learn how to paint and decorate a mask while discover the history of Venetian masks and its makers.
You will put on one of my aprons and choose your favorite unpainted mask. Then I will explain and teach you the traditional techniques I use in my work, from painting to gold leaf application, with…

What's included

  • Equipment
    I will provide a paper-mache mask you will take home, a work apron, and all...

Meet your host, Sofia

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 63 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello! My name is Sofia and I am a second generation mask-maker, owner of Alberto Sarria Masks, a small workshop established in 1986 by my father in the historic center of Venice, where I create handmade masks in pâper-maché and leather using the traditional techniques. I was born in Venice, where I raised up surrounding by paper, paint, and brushes in my parents’ studio, developing my artistic techniques first as a game and then in art school. Seven years ago I decided to carry on the work of my family, to give my contribution in saving the authentic Venice.
You may check my Instagram account to see my last creations: @albertosarriamasks
Hello! My name is Sofia and I am a second generation mask-maker, owner of Alberto Sarria Masks, a small workshop established in 1986 by my father in the historic center of Venice, where I create handmade masks in pâper-maché and leather using the traditional techniques. I was born in Venice, where I raised up surrounding by paper, paint, and brushes in my parents’ studio, developing my artistic techniques first as a game and then in art school. Seven years ago I decided to carry on the work of m…
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Where you'll be

The workshop will be held in my atelier, one of the few traditional artisan studios still active in the city. The Atelier is located in the heart of Venice, between the Rialto bridge and the fish market, surrounded by many great restaurants where you can replenish your soul after an intense and unique artistic experience.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 63 reviews.

Even
July 2021
WOW! This was so awesome. If you’re wondering what to do in Venice, go see Sofia and make some traditional Venetian masks! Not the kinds you see in the tourist stores along the wide streets, but the real stuff from a 2nd generation mask maker. She grew up “in the store” that’s been with her family for very long. Thanks for giving me and the my girls (age 11 and 7) a great, real Venetian experience!
WOW! This was so awesome. If you’re wondering what to do in Venice, go see Sofia and make some traditional Venetian masks! Not the kinds you see in the tourist stores along the wid…
Edoardo
July 2021
A magic experience to really live the passion for art and the craft of mask making. The workshop is much more than just the painting experience, is a dive into Venecian culture. At the end you will have learned more about this amazing city and culture and have a unique souvenir that blends local traditions and your very personal taste.
A magic experience to really live the passion for art and the craft of mask making. The workshop is much more than just the painting experience, is a dive into Venecian culture. At…
Carlos
July 2021
Sofia es una excelente profesional. Transmite su pasion por la creacion de mascaras. Es muy entretenido y aprendes mucho al mismo tiempo. No dudeis en hacer esta experiencia si estais en Venecia.
Anita
July 2021
Bellissima esperienza. Consiglio vivamente per chi visita Venezia il workshop da Sofia che fin da subito si è dimostrata una persona disponibile e competente. Sofia è perfettamente in grado di immergerti nella sua arte facendoti sentirne parte.
Bellissima esperienza. Consiglio vivamente per chi visita Venezia il workshop da Sofia che fin da subito si è dimostrata una persona disponibile e competente. Sofia è perfettamente…
Madeline
July 2021
Superbe expérience Sofia est une artiste incroyable, ses réalisations sont magnifiques, nous avons beaucoup aimé l’activité On reviendra avec plaisir lors de notre prochain séjour à Venise !
Claudia
July 2021
Sofia was absolutely amazing! She was patient with my kids and the adults really enjoyed themselves. She helped through the entire process and went above and beyond. We will definitely be coming back when we are in Venice again!

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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 5 guests ages 4 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.