Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucci Education Studio every Saturday. Connect with the Museum’s rich collection and special exhibitions through hands-on, interactive, and fun experiences during Saturday drop-in workshops. Prior experience with art-making is not required and participation is free with Museum admission. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 20: In Profile

Participate in a portrait-themed project and create your own artwork to take home as you reconsider the iconic portraits and other works of art found in the Museum's collection and special exhibition Henry James and American Painting.

This Studio workshop series for the months of December, January, and February was developed in collaboration with Stephen Hamilton, Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series guest artist. As a visiting artist at the Gardner, Hamilton investigated under-studied relationships between the imagery and iconography of the Western Canon and the African world. 

Stephen Hamilton. Photo by Chanel Matsunami Govereau.
Stephen Hamilton. Photo by Chanel Matsunami Govereau.

Artist Bio

Stephen Hamilton is an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston Massachusetts. His life’s work aims to address the persistent lack of positive, multi-dimensional representations of African and African diasporan cultural discourses. This deficit is ever present in arts education, commercial and fine arts. He creates and facilitates the creation of art and media that hopes to eradicate the aspects of institutionalized and indoctrinated racism that is still prevalent in our communities at large through an asset-based and collaborative lens.

TICKETS | Museum admission

Open Studio events are included with Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

  • Online, by clicking the TICKETS button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

*Handling charges apply to these orders

The Museum’s studio activities and the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Charitable Starr Trust online at www.pollythayerstarr.org.

The Museum also receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.