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Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Active Learning Labs, Allston MA

Nov 05 2022
Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

Portrait of a woman, Egypt, c. 130–150 CE. Binder: beeswax; pigments: lead white, red and yellow ochres, carbon black, indigo, madder lake, green earth (celadonite), natrojarosite; support: native Egyptian sycamore fig (Ficus sycomorus). Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross, 1923.60.

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

This workshop accompanies the exhibition Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward, which invites viewers to ask more about the complicated histories of these portraits and the people they depict. It also explores what can be learned about the artistic processes and current condition of these works through scientific analysis and technical research conducted by staff in the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Funerary Portraits is on view at

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Registration is required and space is limited. Registration for this workshop will open on Wednesday October 26, 2022 at this link, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the waitlist, please email

No prior experience is necessary. $15 materials fee.

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Active Learning Labs

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 150 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

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Face Masks Required: No
Proof of Vaccination Required: No

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