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Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

By Harvard Art Museums

Interested in art of the ancient world? Explore ancient painting processes and make your own copy of a Roman-period funerary portrait.

Portrait of a woman with brown eyes, black hair, and a white garment on a rectangular wooden panel.

.: Sun, September 25 2022 10am – 1pm.

Ages: 14 to Adults.

No prior experience is necessary. Minimum age of 14.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

Registration required

  • Specific dates…

Registration is required and space is limited. Registration for this workshop will open on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at this link, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the waitlist, please email


$15 materials fee.


  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Neighborhood 9

This workshop will take place in the Materials Lab, Lower Level.

Wheelchair accessible.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.

Additional information

In this two-part workshop, join us first in the exhibition galleries with conservators Kate Smith and Georgina Rayner for a close look at the portraits and learn what our curators, conservators, and scientists have discovered about them. Then take that experience to the Materials Lab, where you’ll make your own version of an ancient tempera painting using some of the same materials and techniques used by Roman-period artists.