Stop by the Education Studio and join us for lively drop-in art-making activities inspired by the Gardner collection. Projects explore a variety of skills, materials, and processes including painting and sketching, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, and horticulture.

Working with Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist, Yuko Okabe, visitors will explore the art of bookmaking by creating accordion books inspired by our current exhibition, Betye Saar: Heart of a Wanderer.


Advance registration is required for free timed entry tickets. Seating for portions of the program held in
Calderwood Hall is first come, first served.


  • Click on the GET TICKETS button
  • Call the Box Office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*

Face masks, worn over the mouth and nose, are required for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. In line with state and local guidance, we advise anyone who is unvaccinated, and encourage anyone who feels more comfortable, to wear a mask as they explore other areas of the museum.

To request accessible or companion seating, or to inquire about other accommodations, please call the Box Office at 617 278 5156 in advance of the program.

Studio activities are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. The Museum is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 Starr Charitable Trust online at