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Carnival Mask Making and Decoration Workshop

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Start time

    9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm

  • Meeting Point

    Campiello (small square) San Zulian 596 - please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the the departure time.

    How to reach: 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.

  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at Campiello San Zulian 596.

Key Highlights

  • Prepare for the Venetian Carnival by learning or to make your own mask
  • An artistic and unconventional experience to enjoy with family and friends
  • Learn about traditional papier-mache and decoration techniques from a master artisan
  • Choose between a mask-making and a mask-decorating course
  • Keep the produced or decorated mask as a souvenir
  • Enjoy multilingual live commentary


Become an artist in the arty city of Venice by learning to make or decorate your very own traditional Carnival mask. With an age-old legacy, this exclusive art class will require hands-on training, while the participant hears the master artisan narrate stories on the use of masks during the past centuries.

If you choose to decorate your own mask, choose the mask you like and use unique instruments and methods to work on it.

Carry your creation with yourself, as a pleasant remembrance of this artistic experience. 


Assemble at Campiello San Zulian 596, where the master's worshop is and take an opportunity to learn an authentic Venetian art form. On the day of the course, you have a choice to opt from two different activities – Production and Decoration.

Course on Production:

Meet the veteran instructor and hear him share the ancient techniques of making a traditional Venetian papier- mâché mask. A perfect mix of history and hands-on practice, this class also informs you about the use of masks during the past centuries along with various other lessons on this age-old subject.

Once your mask is produced, the participants would be required to keep the mask safely in the laboratory for a few hours to dry off. Return to receive your completed mask around 6 hours, and keep it as a souvenir of this one-of-a-kind experience.

Course on Decoration:

Get introduced to an experienced mask decorator and learn the best methods to paint and decorate your own carnival mask. Beautify a mask of your choice and keep the same, to remember this fascinating experience.


  • Lessons by an expert maskmaker
  • Course of production of a Venetian Mask (you will keep the produced mask) 
  • Multilingual guide (English, Spanish, Italian and French)All necessary paints and supplies


  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smart phone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity upon collecting your tickets.

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

Each learning group will have no more than 6 people.

Price is per production or decoration if you like to do it both the price is the double.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

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