Stop by the Bertucci Education Studio for drop-in art-making activities inspired by the Gardner Museum collection. Projects vary each month and may explore a variety of skills, materials, and processes including painting and sketching, printmaking, book arts, and sculpture.

Working with Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist, Julia Gualtieri, visitors will make dioramas inspired by our current exhibition, Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet. Julia will provide illustrated instruction sheets to guide the activity, along with custom screen-printed paper for visitors to create the scenery and characters for their dioramas.

Tickets | Museum Admission

Open Studio activities are included in Musuem Admission.

Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, 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

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