General admission for children 17 years and under is always free

Saturday Open Studio

Saturday, April 6, 2024
1 - 4 pm
Education Studio

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

Get creative in the Studio and paint your own imaginative scene in this activity created by local painter and Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Szu-Chieh Yun. Be immersed in your own fantastical garden and experiment with acrylic and tempera paint!


About the Artist

Young girls with long, dark braids wearing a red cap and gown

Szu-Chieh Yun is a Taiwanese-American artist based in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from University of Arts London at Wimbledon College of Arts 2016 and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011, during which she completed a semester abroad in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. Szu-Chieh is an experienced visual arts educator who has worked extensively with low-income students in Boston as a mentor and internationally as an art teacher in Shanghai. She attended Studios at Mass MoCA in 2022 and is currently a Studio Resident at the Boston Center for the Arts.


Open Studios are free with Museum Admission, and participation is drop-in on a first-come, first served basis. Advance registration for General Admission is encouraged.

Purchase your ticket by clicking on the GET TICKETS button above.

Questions about accessibility? Please call the box office at 617 278 5156 to request accessible or companion seating, or to inquire about other accommodations 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