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Venetian Mask Decoration Course ABC

Duration: 1 hour   -   Participant: 1 to 12   -   Price per person: from 42 to 55 Euro   -   Minimum age to join:  4 years old

If you are looking for fun things to do in Venice with kids, forget about monuments and museums and try something more hands-on: our ABC 
mask decoration course.

This workshop for the whole family is a different kind of experience. It is fun for everyone, whatever their age, even if you find yourself in Venice with teenagers, who are hard to satisfy!

Thanks to the wide variety of decorative techniques available, children from four years old can do it on their own while adults are free to explore their creative side and experiment with different types of sophisticated, professional decoration.


The calendar below provides hourly availability for the upcoming 45 days. Please note that reservations are mandatory only for active participants (those who paint). Accompanying observers do not need to make a reservation but are welcome to stay and watch.

To secure your spot, simply click on the day and time of your preference and complete the booking for free. You will pay in cash on-site before the workshop begins.

Free booking

if you simply pass by and we have any space available, you can pop in anytime during the admission times. If you are a group of 6 or more people and you can't find a spot for everybody, please get in touch with us, we might have some extra sessions available.

The ABC course in 4 steps:

1- Choose one mask and a decorative style from the many available.

There are more than 40 models of blank Venetian masks available to be painted and decorated. All our masks are genuine Venetian masks handmade from real paper-mache. You get to choose from all the categories: Venetian carnival masks, Commedia dell'Arte masks, animal masks, etc.

The decorative techniques we teach are also genuine. They're easy to learn but they are never banal. They are the very same used by professionals. Everybody can get the effect he or she wants without stress, eventually with a little help from the instructor. You can change your mind about how your mask should look before the end.

2 – Decorate the mask in a free and creative way.

One reason why our ABCs course is among the top fun things to do in Venice with kids is that it's totally flexible. Our instructors guide kids and adults as they work independently. Nobody ever gets stuck or frustrated because you can make the mask look however you like.

And because the kids are working on their own, the adults have a little free time to express themselves, too. This course is very flexible. Combine the decorative styles in all sorts of ways to realize unique possibilities!

3 – Choose the finishing

Use acrylic tempera, beeswax, and water-based glaze for the finishing along with metallic colours, trim, and feathers for the final touch. All materials are non-toxic and safe.

4 – Take home your decorated mask!

At the end of the course, masks are dry and ready to be wrapped for transport.

Together with the masks, each group receives a copy of our book “Venetian masks”, a book available in four languages about the rich history of Venetian carnival masks and the techniques used to make them.

If you have to do Venice in a day with kids, really there's nothing better than this surprisingly good course. You get history, art, and something new - all in an experience that stimulates children and keeps them occupied and frees adults to explore their creative side, too.


Our ABC course is a hands-on course and language is not a problem. Instructors can speak little English and are professional decorators with over 25 years of experience making genuine Venetian masks at our master workshop. They will walk you through each step of the decoration process. People from all over the world, regardless of language and age, enjoy our course, and come away happy and surprised at their artistic ability.


Price per person:

Participants €/Person
1 54
3 - 4 44
5 -12 42

Please note that for the ABC course, we do not accept payment with credit or debit cards. 

If you have any further questions, our staff will answer you in English, French, and Italian. Write us through the CONTACT FORM or call us from 10 am to 6 pm at +39 041 277 6142.

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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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