Paper Mache Sculpting with Nives
  • Split, Croatia
  • 18 hours over 3 days

Paper Mache Sculpting with Nives

Learn how to make papier-mâché masks, dolls or sculptures under the guidance of Nives, a sculptor with 45 years of experience, in a beautiful 1700 years old town by the Adriatic sea.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1015
Additional guest(s) (max 3)
USD $420

Meet the Artist

Nives is a papier-mâché sculptor with 45 years of experience. Her journey began at 13 when she came across a basic papier-mâché recipe in a magazine. After finishing art school, she started working on theater projects and was invited to collaborate with different theater artists on projects for national theater houses all over the country, creating papier-mâché masks, jewelry, stage props, as well as set designs and custom designs. Today, Nives has hosted more than forty solo exhibitions and fifty group exhibitions all over the world, has taught in workshops ranging from Japan to USA and Israel, and written a book on papier-mâché.

She's passionate about spreading awareness around recycled art and believes "to make an art object out of discarded things or garbage is a game of recognizing art forms in the most unexpected places". Nowadays, she's learning new techniques in digital graphic art, jewelry, and photography and combining them with her papier-mâché works. And when in need of a recharge, she simply lowers her paddle board from the studio balcony and heads into the Adriatic Sea.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Making and filling construction as closely as possible to wanted shape.
  • Preparing wet mixtures (her recipes, 3 different ways) for filling and modeling the shape.
  • Blending glues in various ways based on desired hardness.
  • Sculpting, drying and decorating with wet or dry relief.
  • Finishing with at list 6 different types of colored paper or textures without wet paint or brush.
  • Sanding and retouching on dried parts to make a super fine finish.
  • Nives e-book on how to make a mask, doll, sculpture, relief step by step.
  • Your own handmade paper mache masks, dolls or sculptures.
  • During summer, one lesson on SUP (stand up pedaling) by Nives as it's very important for her to meditate on open sea and download ideas in the silence.
  • Walks along the coast and narrow streets in a Diocletian's Palace in the center of the city.
  • Visit to a small park forest named Marjan , if weather permits.
  • Visit to local vegetable market to prepare one vegetarian or vegan meal at Nives's home. There is no meat consumption in her home.

Explore Split

Split is the largest city of the region of Dalmatia and second largest in Croatia. This 1700 year-old town set by the Adriatic sea is a mix of modern life and ancient history. Explore the gorgeous ruins of Diocletian's Palace, a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the Roman Empire. Discover how the sea and archeology influence Nives's work; "you can feel it because in my sculptures there is something very archaic and modern at the same time."

Additional Details

Best time to visit is in the spring, from March to June. It's best to avoid August.

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 10 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.

Must be 11 years old or older to participate. Studio is located on the 3rd floor of the building (no elevator), so it is necessary to be able to walk stairs.

Nives speaks Croatian, English, conversational Italian, and understands German.
Nives's Availability 3 days

Guest Reviews

  • Anne Claire F., France

    My three-day workshop with Nives was an exceptional creative, human and cultural experience. She taught me her method and I was able to make the olive tree I dreamed of (I will finish it at home to complete the project on my own). I discovered her artistic and family universe. She was my tour guide in Split.

    I am grateful for everything she shared with me (her values, her vegetarian cooking, t
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  • Germaine J., United States

    I am not sure where to begin because the whole experience was magical. Nive is a wonderful teacher and will take you on a journey with her knowledge of paper mache. The possibilities are endless so if you take her class be prepared to create, play, experiment and enjoy the creativity inside you that will come pouring forth. Her workshop is delightful and so full of love and passion for her art for Read more