Best Course for tour operators - Make Venetian masks in a real master workshop in Venice

This course lasts a maximum of two and a half hours, and is held at one of our workshop locations, giving our participants something much more immersive than simple entertainment. The information presented at the start on techniques and on the history of Venetian masks is interesting and stimulates the mind. The hands-on practical part involving the mask decoration is engaging in an emotional, creative way and is highly memorable.

We would never completely set aside the history of Venetian masks and explaining their incredible meaning. This is one of main benefits of our mask decoration course and what makes it stand out. But we are also very flexible and attentive to the needs of our groups including the amount of time available. We pride ourselves on working with tour operators and travel agencies in the most flexible way possible.

The mask decoration techniques that we present are authentic ones used by master craftsmen, not watered down. But they are easy to apply. You do not need to be a seasoned Venetian mask expert to use them. This gives everybody the chance to obtain the results they want. These styles and techniques are also flexible so there is every opportunity to make adjustments right up to the end. With the help of our world-class instructors, for every mistake there is always a fix.

In the beginning, many suppose they're not capable of doing a first-rate job at decorating a Venetian mask. But the are always surprised. It's why we can say 'satisfaction guaranteed'.

The techniques and styles presented in this course have been perfected over many years, fine-tuned so that participants can really feel like master craftsmen. At the end of the experience, everyone comes out happy, even proud of their artistic accomplishment. Tour operators and travel agencies who engage our Venetian mask making course receive high marks in customer satisfaction.

Course structure - theory (20 - 30 minutes)


1. Demonstration of how to make an authentic Venetian mask according to age-old methods

We present all the basic materials along with examples from each stage of a mask's creation from clay model to finished Venetian mask. All masks used by participants for decoration are hand-made using these methods.

Description of the meaning of Venetian masks and their use

We focus on two significant models, the bauta and the moretta.
We demonstrate how to wear the bauta costume for participants in a historically accurate way according to old depictions.
We also show participants a genuine velvet moretta and explain its use and its meaning.
For this section of the course we employ a beautiful selection of images taken from historical depictions in which the bauta and the moretta are seen in action. This additionally helps demonstrate the importance of Venetian masks in social events of the Venetian Republic including their highly unusual use in everyday life, well outside the Carnival.

3. Description of decorative techniques

Relying on many examples we explain the 12 decorative techniques being presented.


Course structure - Practical hands-on (2 hours):


1. Participants choose their own mask and decorative approach

There are over 60 different models of Venetian masks to choose from including traditional masks, fantasy masks, masks for men or women, children or adults, etc. All Venetian masks used are handmade from real cartapesta. 

2. Each person decorates his own mask in a way of his choosing

This is the creative part of the hands-on. Acrylic tempura paint is used along with waxes of various types for finishing, metallic colors like gold, silver, and copper for a final touch. Because of the way the course is structured, attention is given to individual participants with one-on-one help even in large groups.

3. End of course

At course end the masks are dry and each participants gets to take home his or her carefully packaged mask.

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