About The Drawing Lab

The Drawing Lab Has Been Hosted In:

  • Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
  • Temple Israel, Boston, MA
  • The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • The Museum of Motehrhood
  • Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Storefront Library, Chinatown, MA
  • The Gardner Museum (two day installation), Boston, MA
  • Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertwon, MA
  • and more...

The Drawing Lab is a space to encourage everyone to DRAW. It is for those who love to draw and for those who may be afraid to draw; The Drawing Lab engages everyone—young and old, experienced artists and beginners—in the drawing process.

It lets visitors get messy, delve into the unknown, challenge themselves with materials and ideas, and have fun! Drawing is thinking in a visual form, and drawing can help us to see better. It can also help us to think in more varied ways.

Based on years of teaching and drawing experience, The Drawing Lab is Putnoi’s innovative approach for getting people to feel comfortable with the drawing process. The Drawing Lab is set up in stations that provide new and unexpected ways to approach drawing, such as experimentation with mark making, training the eye to observe the world, and awakening the senses through drawing. Visitors to the Drawing Lab add drawings to the Community Drawing Wall so that an ever- changing drawing installation is co- created.

Deborah Putnoi is a visual artist, educator and researcher. Putnoi has an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a 5th Year Graduate Degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a B.A./B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (joint degree program). She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally. She is represented by the Barbara Gillman Gallery in Miami, FL, the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, ID, the Clark Gallery in the Boston area and Atelier 31 in the Seattle area.

Recently Putnoi co-taught a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to graduate students in the Arts in Education program. She has taught in many settings over the past ten years including elementary and secondary schools, universities, and community outreach organizations. Putnoi also worked for four years as a researcher with Howard Gardner at Project Zero working on research projects focusing on community art centers, museums and school learning. Currently Putnoi is developing and implementing a drawing curriculum in Cambridge, MA, for students aged kindergarten through eighth grade, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Selected Exhibitions & Collections


2010 The Drawing Lab, Storefront Library, Boston, MA
2009 The Drawing Lab, The Wyner Museum, Temple Israel Boston
2008 The Drawing Lab, BBN School, Cambridge, MA
2005 Changing Hands, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL


2011 The Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY
2010 Small Works Art + Object, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2009 FRESH: New Art and Artists, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
2009 Faculty exhibition, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA


Neiman Marcus
Microsoft Corporation
Hewlett Packard
University of Connecticut, Benton Museum, Storrs, CT
The Charles Hotel
WGBH Boston
Boston Public Library, Print Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Print Collection
Olives Restaurant Incorporated, Charlestown, MA
W Hotels, Starwood Corporation, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago
Popham and Haik, Miami, FL
Strong and Associates, CT
Reckson and Associates, New York, NY
Genzyme, Boston, MA