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Mask making with a Venetian mask artist

Venice, Italy

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Experience hosted by Sofia

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

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.
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…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    I will provide a paper-mache mask you will take home, a work apron, and all...
From $58
/ person
Mon, Nov 30
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$72 per person
$72 per person
Tue, Dec 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$72 per person
$72 per person
Wed, Dec 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$72 per person
$72 per person

Meet your host, Sofia

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 47 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. Five 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. Five years ago I decided to carry on the work of my…
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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 47 reviews.

Justin
September 2020
Magical! I attended a mask making workshop with Sofia in her beautiful atelier on 15/09/20. From the moment I walked in, Sofia made me feel relaxed - she was very friendly and her knowledge is incredible. I consider her to be one of the finest mask makers in Venice. There is a large variety of masks to choose for the workshop, including animals, pierrots and the more traditional Commedia faces. I chose a traditional one, and Sofia encouraged me to be as creative as I could to create my own unique design. She showed me how to apply the paint, mix the colours and shade and highlight. She even showed me how to apply gold leaf, before adding beeswax and bitumen to give the mask an antique look. During all of this, Sofia explained the history of Ventian masks and the carnival, and told me about her experiences as a mask maker in Venice. This was a truly unique experience and one I will cherish. My mask is now hanging proudly on my wall, along with several others I purchased in the shop - they are exquisite. Overall, an enchanting experience that I would highly recommend. Thank you so much Sofia!
Magical! I attended a mask making workshop with Sofia in her beautiful atelier on 15/09/20. From the moment I walked in, Sofia made me feel relaxed - she was very friendly and her…
Hannah
September 2020
Wow, what an experience, Sofia made us feel so welcome and had so much knowledge of the masks. She was very skilled so even when we messed up our masks she was there to rescue it. We feel this was the highlight to our trip to Venice. Thank you so much!
Wow, what an experience, Sofia made us feel so welcome and had so much knowledge of the masks. She was very skilled so even when we messed up our masks she was there to rescue it.…
Karla2
August 2020
Unfortunately I was in a rush and kinda stressed because I had to take a plane right after, but even with a small amount of time I've been able to do something pretty nice! Before participating to the activity I thought the result would look cheaper, that I would only use paint and wouldn't really know what to do, but it actually has all the details to make it look professional, and Sofia helped with the ideas and painting. It's a great thing to do in Venice, and it's nice to be able to make your own mask and understand how it's made instead of buying only. I learned some stuff. We also had the time to speak about Venice, the carnival and her job. Sofia was nice and accomodating when I was late and lost on the streets around her shop, thank you for that. I would come back, so I can up my skills ha.
Unfortunately I was in a rush and kinda stressed because I had to take a plane right after, but even with a small amount of time I've been able to do something pretty nice! Before…
Peggy
August 2020
Der Masken-Workshop in Sofias tollem Atelier war nicht nur für unsere Kinder, sondern auch für uns eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Sofia hat uns verschiedene Techniken gezeigt, wie wir die Masken gestalten können, uns Tipps und Ratschläge gegeben und uns bei der Umsetzung unserer eigenen Ideen geholfen. Wir können den Workshop absolut empfehlen und er hat dazu beigetragen, dass unser Aufenthalt in Venedig ganz besonders war.
Der Masken-Workshop in Sofias tollem Atelier war nicht nur für unsere Kinder, sondern auch für uns eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Sofia hat uns verschiedene Techniken gezeigt, wie wir…
Marie
August 2020
Sofia ne compte pas son temps, elle a tout fait pour que nous soyons satisfait de nos masques. Elle nous a aussi partagé de supers adresses où manger après l'activité ! Je recommande vraiment. Merci Sofia
Asta
August 2020
Very nice and interesting experience that makes your day in Venice out of ordinary. Instead of buying standard mass made masks you may make a personal one and learn different techniques in the heart of the city. Both us, adults, and our kids loved it!
Very nice and interesting experience that makes your day in Venice out of ordinary. Instead of buying standard mass made masks you may make a personal one and learn different techn…

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

What to bring

You will use washable paint, but you should wear comfortable clothing that you are not too afraid to get dirty.