CA’ MACANA - 100% original paper-mache Venetian carnival masks.

Find your mask-making workshop

Our mask-making workshops are designed for individuals and families alike, providing an enriching and enjoyable experience. We were the first in Venice to open the workshop to visitors, more than 25 years ago, and today we offer the finest mask-making experiences in the city.

The ABC decoration course is the most popular among all the Venetian mask-making workshops, teaching the fundamentals of Venetian mask-decorating techniques—perfect for those seeking a fantastic activity in Venice with children. The Family course provides an opportunity to experiment with various techniques for decorating Venetian masks and uncover the history behind the mask-making tradition—an ideal experience for families and small groups of enthusiasts. Our Combo and Papier-mâché Express courses teach participants to create their own Venetian mask from scratch, offering a comprehensive experience if you want to fully immerse yourself in the craft of Venetian mask-making.

Book one of our mask-making workshops, where creativity knows no bounds, and join us for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Venice.

What to do in Venice with children? Decorate your own Venetian masks!

Languages: Italian, English, basic French, and Russian on request.
Duration: 1 hour.
Blank Venetian masks to paint: choose one out of over 40 different models, all handmade from real paper mache.
Decorative techniques to choose: 10.
Minimum age to join: 4 years old

Included in the price: for each individual or group we offer a free copy of our book "Venetian Masks". The book is available in English, French, German, and Italian.

Admission time: Check the availability on the calendar. Payment in cash on the spot. 

Learn how to decorate Venetian masks - Families and small groups

Duration: 2 hours
Course languages: English, French, Russian, Italian
Number of participants (maximum): 12 people.
Number of blank masks to decorate: 2 per participant chosen from over 60 different styles.
Decorative techniques used: 12 different techniques.
Additional materials used: feathers, rhinestones, trimmings, glitter, and more.


  • explain and describe the time-honored techniques used in how to make Venetian masks
  • discuss the meaning of Venetian masks over the past centuries
  • learn how to paint Venetian masks using different techniques

To learn how to decorate a plain mask in this private course a non-refundable deposit of 50,00 Euros is required. We do not accept debit or credit cards for the payment of the balance.

COMBO Course
Duration: 2.5 hours (1.5 + 1, also not consecutive)
Participants: 1 - 7
Includes: mask construction in papier-mâché, decoration of your own mask with different techniques
Age: 11+

Experience the craft of the mask-maker for a day! With the Combo course, you can create your own papier-mâché mask from the mold like a real craftsman and decorate it at will using professional techniques. For an even more complete experience, included in the price, you will receive a book on the history and culture of masks in Venice.
Papier-mâché EXPRESS

Duration: 1.5 hours
Language: italian, English, and Russian (sur demande) 
Available models: 10
Participants: up to 7
Age: 11+

Creating Venetian masks is a unique experience. Choose your model, follow the instructions of a professional, dry the mask in a few minutes, complete your own paper mache Venetian mask in just 1.5 hours.


Dorsoduro 3215 30123 Venezia (Italy)
Email: info@camacana.com
Phone:+39 041 5203229
P.IVA: 02070120270

Every day:
10AM - 8PM (Summer time)
10Am - 6:30PM (Winter time)

We are open during holidays

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