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 workshops, giving participants something more 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 it is highly memorable.

We would never completely set aside the history of Venetian masks and explaining their incredible meaning. This is one of the 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 are afraid they're not capable at decorating a Venetian mask but they are soon surprised from their own result. It's why we can say 'satisfaction guaranteed'.

The techniques and styles presented in this course have been perfected over many years. They are relatively easy to perform but not banal at all so that participants can really feel like master craftsmen. At the end of the experience, everyone is happy, even proud of their artistic accomplishment. Tour operators that engage our Venetian mask making course receive high marks in customer satisfaction.

Course structure - theory (20 - 30 minutes)


1. Explanation 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 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 theMorettaa.
We show how to wear the Bauta costume in a historically accurate way according to old depictions.
We also show participants a genuine velvet Moretta and explain its use and 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 helps demonstrate the importance of Venetian masks in social life at the time of the Venetian Republic, including their unique use in everyday life, beyond the Carnival.

3. Description of decorative techniques

Relying on many examples hanging from the walls, we explain the 12 decorative techniques participants can choose from.


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 participant can take home his or her own one, carefully packaged.

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Dorsoduro 3172 30123 Venezia (Italy)
Email: info@camacana.com
Phone:+39 041 5203229
P.IVA: 02070120270

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

We are open during holidays

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