Come into my atelier and enjoy some time with me, immersed in the authentic atmosphere of a traditional laboratory of papier-mâché masks. You will learn how to paint and decorate a mask while discover the history of Venetian masks and its makers. You will put on one of my aprons and choose your favorite unpainted mask. Then I will explain and teach you the traditional techniques I use in my work, from painting to gold leaf application, with which you will express your creativity, creating a unique and personal work of art. I will guide you through each step of the decoration process. I will be by your side at all times helping you and advising you on the best way to realize what you imagined. This workshop is open to everybody and it fits according to your interests and your age, so you can take home a unique Venetian mask, handmade completely by you.
Hello! My name is Sofia and I am the owner of Alberto Sarria Masks, a small workshop established in 1986 by my father in the historic center of Venice, where I create handmade masks in pâper-maché and leather using the traditional techniques. I was born in Venice, where I raised up surrounding by paper, paint, and brushes in my parents’ studio, developing my artistic techniques first as a game and then in art school. Five years ago I decided to carry on the work of my family, to give my contribution in saving the authentic Venice. You may check my Instagram account to see my last creations: @albertosarriamasks
I will provide a paper-mache mask you will take home, a work apron, and all the tools and materials you will need to decorate…
The workshop will be held in my atelier, one of the few traditional artisan studios still active in the city. The Atelier is located in the heart of Venice, between the Rialto bridge and the fish market, surrounded by many great restaurants where you can replenish your soul after an intense and unique artistic experience.
You will use washable paint, but you should wear comfortable clothing that you are not too afraid to get dirty.