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Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

1. Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

Under the guidance of an artist, you’ll choose a mask from more than 50 different models, all handmade in paper maché, and decorate it according to different techniques. You will be guided through each of the steps of decorating your mask, including the final touch where you can add gold and silver metallic paints. At the end, you can take home your decorated mask together with the memories of this wonderful experience.

Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

2. Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice city center on a tour of Murano. Head to Campo San Bartolomeo and meet your guide near the Rialto Bridge. Reach the boat station facing the lagoon, and jump aboard a public boat bound for Murano Island. Upon arrival, take a short walk to a glass factory, where a glass master will demonstrate the art of glass blowing. Watch as he makes a 2nd piece using sculpture techniques. Take a stroll to a mosaic or glass beads jewelry workshop to create your own piece from scratch. Work with glass elements of different shapes and colors to make a unique ornament or pendant. Create your own bracelet, key holder, or earrings. Enjoy some free time to explore the quiet streets of Murano on your own. Your guide with take you back to the boat station and advise you how to get back to your accommodation from there.

Venice: Carnival Mask Workshop

3. Venice: Carnival Mask Workshop

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.

Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

4. Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

Get ready to discover Murano Island, witnessing artistry in action in its glass factories and taking part in the lampwork tradition by creating your own Venetian bead during an artisan workshop. Enrich your visit with a guided walking tour to see iconic Murano sights. Murano is one of the most visited islands in the Venice Lagoon thanks to the reputation of its glassmaking industry. During this unique hands-on experience, you’ll get to explore local glassmaking factories away from the most touristic spots. Step into one of the oldest glass factories in the world, active since 1295, and get an authentic look at lampwork and how tradition is combined with contemporary design and creativity. Far from being stuck in the past, glass making still runs in the veins of the inhabitants of the island: experience first-hand one of the oldest techniques ─ lampwork ─ thanks to a workshop run by a local artist. With an artist as your guide, walk through the secrets of this work and join a workshop where you can learn to make your own Venetian bead, taking part in keeping alive a 17th-century artistic practice (price per person is €30 to be paid on-site). You can decide to take the workshop, although is not compulsory. If you do decide to join the activity, you will get to take home the Venetian beads you created as a souvenir. Rest assured that lampwork tools and the oven are used alongside safety and protection equipment. Finally, finish off your day with a guided stroll around Murano, discovering some hidden gems, like its churches, and walking off-the-beaten-track to must-see spots.

Venice: Watercolor Painting Class with a Famous Artist

5. Venice: Watercolor Painting Class with a Famous Artist

Be an artist of one day as famous Venetian painter Nicola Tenderini escorts you through the most romantic corners of Venice. Throughout your experience, you will be taught how to paint its marvelous landscapes and most famous spots. You will meet the artist at the workshop, and following a small presentation about his artistic life and the experience, he will take you to your painting location where you will start to create your personal artwork. The first step will be the study of the sketch, the essential starting point for a good painting. Later you will pass to colors, discovering how the light is a color as well and the wonderful effect it will have on your painting. Throughout your lesson, the teacher will be next to you to show and explain secrets that will help obtain the best pictorial effects such as water reflection, color shading between clouds and sky, or the details of lights and shadows using the great technique of watercolors.

Venice: Crafts and Legends Walking Tour

6. Venice: Crafts and Legends Walking Tour

Learn about the legends and historic craftworks of Venice on a guided walking tour. Marvel at artisan products including the Venetian mask. Meet your guide in the square of San Bartolomio. First, discover the oldest Venetian recipe for hot chocolate, its origin and where you can taste it in the city. Enter the narrow side streets to uncover the history and production techniques of one of the most iconic and famous fashion accessories in Venice: the Venetian mask. See two workshops that still practice the intricate techniques of mosaics and "Venetian paper". Discover how Venice was built and the place where a Venetian girl, according to legend, saved her fellow citizens from certain death by painting the Virgin Mary. Hear even more legends and learn about how coffee arrived in Venice giving birth to the first coffeehouses in Europe .

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 869 reviews

We had a wonderful time at this workshop! It truly is a must for everyone who wants to experience Venice differently and do something unique while there. The atmosphere in the workshop, as well as the whole experience, was extremely relaxing and enjoyable. The tutors were very kind and patient with us. We were pleasantly surprised with the finished masks despite the fact that we have no artistic talent whatsoever. One thing I would have appreciated would be a bit information on the background or history of mask-making (since I understood from the description of the activity that this should also have been included).

it was easy to meet the guide at the meeting spot-we then took the ferry over to the island and watched a demonstration (about 20 minutes). The man who did it was the owner. He had been making Murano glass since he was 9-10 years old! He noticed the animals on my girl's winter hats and made Murano glass pieces (cat and unicorn) right in front of them. That was super special. Then we all made bracelets or earrings (which I've worn several times since!) Our girls really loved this.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my mask and bought more masks as gifts for my family and friends! Cute shop with exotic collection of masks.

Such a fun way of learning about Venice. Gorgio helped us paint our magnificent masks as well as informed us about the history too.

Bellissima attività, proprietario, nonché artista, molto disponibile e qualificato. Estremamente consigliato