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Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 56.07 per person

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Make or paint your own Carnival mask at a unique class in Venice. Learn more about ancient techniques as you put your new skills to the test to produce a stunning mask to keep and take home.

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Duration 1 hour
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Instructor
Spanish, English, French, Italian
Small group
Limited to 4 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn how to make or paint your own Venice Carnival mask
  • Get an insight into the traditions of Carnival
  • Take home your mask as a unique keepsake
Full description
Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and 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 paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.
Includes
  • All necessary paints and supplies
  • Class in making or decorating a paper-mâché mask
  • The mask you made or decorated to keep
  • Diploma of participation
  • Apron
    Not suitable for
    • People with back problems
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Venetian mask shop located on San Marco # 596. The laboratory is located a few minutes walk from Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and pass under the Clock Tower. Proceed straight on to the end of “Mercerie dell’Orologio”. Then turn right into “Campo San Zulian” and facing the Church pass its façade on the left and you have reached “Campiello San Zulian”. The laboratory is in the opposite corner on your right.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • There is a maximum of 6 persons per tour
    • Appropriate clothing for painting is suggested
    • If you are less than 6 people, the tour is not considered private but is shared with guests not belonging to the same party. The tour could be bilingual
    • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed to the days after, otherwise it will be refunded)
    • Please note that you will be able to take your own mask after 6 hours only (it is the necessary time the mask needs to dry)
    • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 456 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.6/5

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    Fantastic experience and Giorgio is an absolute GEM! Not only is he superb artist, but also he (along with his wife and son) is one of the last authentic Venetian mask makers!! Who better to learn from than an artisan himself? Did this activity by myself-braved the rain in the early morning to make it! Highly recommend this quite enjoyable, unique and relaxing activity, especially if you enjoy crafting and learning more about the history of the Venetian carnival mask! You get to ask him about his other masks and keep yours as a souvenir! And he also offers discounts if you decide to purchase one of his own painted masks!

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    September 19, 2022

    What’s more Venetian than a carnival mask? This workshop was such a wonderful way to experience one of Venice’s trademark crafts firsthand. Giorgio was patient, informative, generous with his expertise, and kind. We learned so much and had so much fun, plus we’re taking home one-of-a-kind souvenirs: SO much better than buying factory-made junk, and so meaningful! You shouldn’t miss this! And it’s definitely not just for kids: I did this workshop with my two teenagers, and I loved it. It was very meaningful.

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    August 29, 2022

    we were welcome by the master of masks :-) it was a very small "class" (we were 4 people), starting by getting explanations about the different masks and their meanings, choosing the model we wanted. The master drew a Venetian design on it, we picked up to 4 colors and started painting them, in 2 layers. After drying of the 2nd layer, the "master's son" perfected our "oeuvre". However, I have no idea what material the masks are made of. The GYG description stated paper mache (and 5 hours to wait for picking up the mask); this was not the material in our case (we could take them along right after the activity). Id you wish to buy a mask in their shop, you get a reduction after the activity,and you are allowed to try on the various masks....

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    August 18, 2022

    Product ID: 75791