Carnival Mask Workshop and Glass-Making Experience

Paint your own carnival mask at a unique class in Venice. Learn more about ancient techniques as you put your new skills to the test to produce a stunning mask to keep and take home.
2 hours 30 minutes
Group size up to 15 persons
Mobile ticket
Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours
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What is included in activity
All necessary paints and supplies
Class in decorating a paper-mâché mask
The mask you decorated to keep
Glass-blowing class (depending on option selected)
Diploma of participation

Decorate your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carnival mask-making workshop with an experienced instructor. Learn about the ancient techniques of decorating masks with paper mâché. Choose the glass-making upgrade to add to your experience.

Choose a mask to be decorated during the course. Learn how to decorate your own mask in a fun and entertaining way with the help of a professional and artisan mask decorator.

Listen to interesting facts about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries as you craft your own. Take home your own colorful creation as a very special souvenir and upgrade your experience by discovering the art of glass-making in a master artisan's studio.

Important to know

• Appropriate clothing for painting is suggested
• The tour could be bilingual
• Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed to the days after, otherwise it will be refunded)
• Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties

Not allowed:

• Pets

per person
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Online Booking
Adult (Age 12-99)
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For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
Activity book period
You can book tour up to 3 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
Directions to meet your guide

Venice Tours Assistance Point St. Mark's Square

How long your tour will be
2 hrs 30 min
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Reviews by travellers
4.9 out of 5
1179 reviews
Polidoro C.
Fantastic experience and Giorgio is an absolute GEM! Not only is he superb artist, but also he (along with his wife and son) is one of the last authentic Venetian mask makers!! Who better to learn from than an artisan himself? Did this activity by myself-braved the rain in the early morning to make it! Highly recommend this quite enjoyable, unique and relaxing activity, especially if you enjoy crafting and learning more about the history of the Venetian carnival mask! You get to ask him about his other masks and keep yours as a souvenir! And he also offers discounts if you decide to purchase one of his own painted masks!
1 day ago
Antonella L.
Our experience with a nine-year-old was great. Even with no experience, each of us wound up with a lovely mask of our own making—with Giorgio’s expert help.
4 days ago
Enecone C.
This was a great experience. It started out a little rough because the place was really hard to find, even more so because there was construction and scaffolding by the entrance to the via that you needed to get to. That made us late and the shop owner was very upset about it (as was I). Eventually he came around and our boys ended up having a really great experience with him. He was patient and kind with the kids and very kind to me as well. While I was there, many people came to find him saying they bought masks years ago from him and wanted to find him. His quality was exceptional - everything in the shop was made by either him or his wife and the you could see how much the loved their work. He has been doing this his whole life and his passion was unmistakable. We got great products and wonderful memories for our kids! High recommend this - just be on time ;)
7 days ago
Eraclide M.
Great host and tutor! Very professional, super friendly and it was amazing seeing how quickly and with genious strokes he was able to finish the masks we had created. My wife and daughter had an incredible time. We will definitely go back there when we'll be back in Venice next year. I highly recommend it.
8 days ago
Franca F.
superb from start to finish
8 days ago
Assunta L.
Excellent experience with my nephew who is six years old. A day later he is still talking about the mask . The instructor was very patient and I loved that we were able to work in a small group with focused attention on us. A good value for the money and great for kids.
9 days ago
Venanzio P.
It was an incredible experience! I highly recommend! We got super lucky as we had the main artist! He was telling us the history of the mask, showed us his work, as well as his wife and children. He outlined our masks and added some detail in the end. He was great with my 7 y/o daughter! He was very patient with her and made a few jokes. Needless to say, my daughter wanted to go back the next day! Its a nice setting as it can be just a private family event. We had the whole room to ourselves. Highly recommend!
14 days ago
Durante R.
This was a good experience. The mask painting gave us something different to do besides the typical walking tours especially if you enjoy arts and crafts. The shop owner is very talented and gives you general direction for painting the mask and also ends up painting the Venetian design on the mask at the final layer/stage. While I really like the way the mask turned out, I would have liked to try and paint the final stage myself even if it may not have turned out as good.
23 days ago
Workshop was good and the artist very nice. We got a beautiful mask out of it. I personally would rate the workshop too pricey though for 50 mins, a bit of painting on our own and the artist making a 5 min beautiful finish. The shop itself is great though and I can recommend to go there.
25 days ago
Mercurio R.
This was such a fun experience to share with the man I love. I have always wanted to paint with him and happy he agreed to do this workshop. The mask making process was so relaxing after long days of travel and exploring. The artist was very nice and even threw in some history to understand the meaning of masks and why they were/are worn.
27 days ago
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