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
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
You will get everything you need to attend this workshop from us. Gloves and an apron to cover your clothes, and of course…
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.
Mask Workshop in a Secret Garden