Each family or small group we host for our courses is different. So we always adapt to the specific needs of each party that signs up for our course.
For example, if there are young children present, we would not risk boring them with an overlong and technical introduction. So the information intended for adults about the history of Venetian masks and the techniques on how to make Venetian masks would be presented during the hands-on work. We try to present the most fascinating aspects of old Venetian life without losing the creative enthusiasm of the little ones.
How to decorate Venetian masks - Course structure
Here we give special attention to the most important styles of Venetian mask: the "bauta" and the "moretta". Old Venice is truly unique in world history because the use of the mask went beyond the carnival and was a part of daily life for some six months out of the year!
The "bauta" was worn in front of the Doge on the most solemn occasions of social and political life. It was truly a symbol of the city of Venice. Meanwhile, the "moretta", another important mask with a very different meaning, was slightly more frivolous: it was used as a fascinating tool of seduction. To discuss all this properly, we put on a bauta costume to help convey all the details. We also show you a real velvet moretta.
We will then show you a beautiful selection of images taken from old paintings depicting the bauta and the moretta in action in the streets and cafes of Venice as well as the Palazzo Ducale. It is like taking a trip into the Venice of the past! A wonderful virtual trip for families and groups!
|There are over 60 types of Venetian masks for you to choose from representing all the categories. All are made strictly by hand from cartapesta (papier mache).
Different examples are shown alongside a series of photos reflecting each stage of the techniques used in their creation.
2. Decorate your own Venetian mask how you like
Choose to make a totally unique-looking mask or model your mask after examples hanging on the walls.
This course on how to decorate Venetian masks is a private course for families and groups. Reservations are required along with a 50 Euro non-refundable deposit.
For this type of service we do not accept credit cards or debit cards for paying the balance at the end of the course.
For reservation and enquiry please use the contact format.