Venice Arts & crafts workshops

Our most recommended Venice Arts & crafts workshops

Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

1. Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

Under the guidance of an artist, you’ll choose a mask from more than 50 different models, all handmade in paper maché, and decorate it according to different techniques. You will be guided through each of the steps of decorating your mask, including the final touch where you can add gold and silver metallic paints. At the end, you can take home your decorated mask together with the memories of this wonderful experience.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

2. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

3. Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice city center on a tour of Murano. Head to Campo San Bartolomeo and meet your guide near the Rialto Bridge. Reach the boat station facing the lagoon, and jump aboard a public boat bound for Murano Island. Upon arrival, take a short walk to a glass factory, where a glass master will demonstrate the art of glass blowing. Watch as he makes a 2nd piece using sculpture techniques. Take a stroll to a mosaic or glass beads jewelry workshop to create your own piece from scratch. Work with glass elements of different shapes and colors to make a unique ornament or pendant. Create your own bracelet, key holder, or earrings. Enjoy some free time to explore the quiet streets of Murano on your own. Your guide with take you back to the boat station and advise you how to get back to your accommodation from there.

Venice: Art of Glass Blowing Demonstration and Factory Tour

4. Venice: Art of Glass Blowing Demonstration and Factory Tour

The tour takes place at a Murano glass factory on St. Mark's Square in central Venice, where you will be told about the origins of glass blowing, and learn how Murano became the center of glass-making when the Venetian Republic ordered all the foundries relocate to protect the wooden buildings of the main city from catching fire. Murano glassmakers became the most important citizens of Venice, and throughout the ages they refined their techniques thanks to trading between the Venetian Republic and the countries of the Middle and Far East. You will admire a master glass blower at work while using traditional techniques to create marvelous glass items. At the end of the tour, receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.

Venice: Watercolor Painting Class with a Famous Artist

5. Venice: Watercolor Painting Class with a Famous Artist

Be an artist of one day as famous Venetian painter Nicola Tenderini escorts you through the most romantic corners of Venice. Throughout your experience, you will be taught how to paint its marvelous landscapes and most famous spots. You will meet the artist at the workshop, and following a small presentation about his artistic life and the experience, he will take you to your painting location where you will start to create your personal artwork. The first step will be the study of the sketch, the essential starting point for a good painting. Later you will pass to colors, discovering how the light is a color as well and the wonderful effect it will have on your painting. Throughout your lesson, the teacher will be next to you to show and explain secrets that will help obtain the best pictorial effects such as water reflection, color shading between clouds and sky, or the details of lights and shadows using the great technique of watercolors.

Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

6. Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

Get ready to discover Murano Island, witnessing artistry in action in its glass factories and taking part in the lampwork tradition by creating your own Venetian bead during an artisan workshop. Enrich your visit with a guided walking tour to see iconic Murano sights. Murano is one of the most visited islands in the Venice Lagoon thanks to the reputation of its glassmaking industry. During this unique hands-on experience, you’ll get to explore local glassmaking factories away from the most touristic spots. Step into one of the oldest glass factories in the world, active since 1295, and get an authentic look at lampwork and how tradition is combined with contemporary design and creativity. Far from being stuck in the past, glass making still runs in the veins of the inhabitants of the island: experience first-hand one of the oldest techniques ─ lampwork ─ thanks to a workshop run by a local artist. With an artist as your guide, walk through the secrets of this work and join a workshop where you can learn to make your own Venetian bead, taking part in keeping alive a 17th-century artistic practice (price per person is €30 to be paid on-site). You can decide to take the workshop, although is not compulsory. If you do decide to join the activity, you will get to take home the Venetian beads you created as a souvenir. Rest assured that lampwork tools and the oven are used alongside safety and protection equipment. Finally, finish off your day with a guided stroll around Murano, discovering some hidden gems, like its churches, and walking off-the-beaten-track to must-see spots.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 869 reviews

Fabulous experience - my 10 year old loved it but it was huge fun for adults too, got some great tips and a unique souvenir.

Private tour and demonstration! Was able to make a beautiful bracelet. And the galleries after were jaw dropping.

Fun way to spend an hour - ending up with a nice souvenir. Would recommend - particularly for families.

Brilliant leader, great fun! I booked it for my 13yr old granddaughter who loved it.

We loved the demonstration and all the information provided.