Suggestions for tour operators and schools

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Since 1989 we have been holding intensive courses and conferences on Venetian masks to groups of all types, ages and sizes.

These experiences led us to the “mini courses” and “mini conferences” we offer to tour operators and schools for their groups.

Tour operators often use our mini courses for team building exercises or treasure hunts.

All activities take place in our workshop. This still remains a mostly tourist free workplace in which it is possible to see masks being made, the materials in use and new models in progress,etc.

They tend to last no longer than two and a half hours and also take place during the weekend and in the evening.

For all the available courses, it is possible to have a concurrent translation in a language alternative to English, French or Italian; however, the group should provide the translator.

No dangerous materials or equipment are used during the courses and we will provide all necessary tools and materials, including plastic aprons.

VISUAL ILLUSTRATION OF THE MAIN TOPICS

 
 
 

OPTIONS FOR TOUR OPERATORS AND SCHOLAR GROUPS

MINI COURSE FOR DECORATION OF A PAPIER-MÂCHÉ MASK

Duration: 2.5 hours
Languages: English, French and Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 55 people seated (on stools)
Masks to be decorated: 1 per person, chosen from 60 different models, all hand-made out of papier-mâché
Decoration techniques used: 7 different techniques to choose from.

Objectives:

  • To explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask
  • To provide important historical information on the use of masks in Venice during past centuries.
  • To freely and creatively decorate your choice of 1 papier-mâché mask
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MINI COURSE FOR THE DECORATION OF 2 PAPIER- MÂCHÉ MASKS FOR FAMILIES

Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: English, French and Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 9 People
Masks to be decorated: 2 per person, chosen from 45 different models, all hand-made out of papier-mâché
Decoration techniques used: 8 different techniques to choose from, including the chance to add feathers and sequins to finish off the mask.

Objectives:

  • To explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask
  • To provide important historical information on the use of masks in Venice during past centuries.
  • To freely and creatively decorate your choice of 2 papier-mâché masks
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MINI COURSE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A TYPICAL VENETIAN PAPIER-MÂCHÉ MASK

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Languages: English, French and Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 55 People seated (on stools)

Objectives:

  • To promote knowledge of the use of the mask in Venice during the Serenissima Republic. In particular the “Bautta”, the most typical Venetian costume, of which the mask – known as the “Volto” – was an essential part.
  • To create a personal Volto mask.
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WORKSHOP VISIT

Duration: 1 hour
Languages: Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 50 people seated (on stools)

Objectives:

  • To give the public the opportunity to experience the job of a mask maker through in depth technical information about mask production and decoration.
  • To provide important historical information on the use of masks in Venice in past centuries.
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MINI CONFERENCE ON VENETIAN MASKS AND THE CARNIVAL

Duration: 45 minutes
Languages: English, French and Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 50 people seated (on stools)

Objectives:

  • To introduce the public to the charming and intriguing life of Venetians in past centuries, presenting exhaustive information about the history behind Venetian masks and Venetian Carnival.
  • To explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask
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MINI CONFERENCE ON COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE

Length: 45 minutes
Languages: English, French and Italian
Participants may also translate into other languages if required.
Maximum number of participants: 50 people seated (on stools)

Objective :

  • To provide in depth information on the major characters of Commedia dell’Arte and its relationship with Venice.
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