Join us with hammer, thimble, camera or brush...

... and pursue your desire to create. Find us in our Jamaica Plain classrooms and in public schools and community centers throughout Boston. 

Our Schoolhouse in Jamaica Plain is open for in-person classes. Our clean-air system ensures classroom safety and COVID safety rules include mandatory vaccination, masks, and limited class size.

  • While the City of Boston has removed the mask mandate for most businesses/public settings, we continue to require masks indoors to protect the safety of our students and instructors. 
  • We require demonstration of COVID vaccination for all eligible students.  Please bring your vaccination card or other verification with you to your first class.


Woodworking • Upholstery & Furniture Restoration • Sewing & Fashion • Fiber Arts • Book & Paper Arts • Printmaking • Photography • Drawing & Painting • Mixed Media • Tinkering & Inventing • Other Crafts

What's New

SPEAC 2022

A 5-part virtual Professional Development Series to help arts educators support students to process & express experiences due to COVID, racial injustice, & disability discrimination. 
Learn more about what educators are exploring in the series here.

Join us LIVE at the Eliot Schoolyard for summer concerts, Sundays 4pm, June 5-Sept 25: Soul, jazz, pop, neo-soul, neo-reggae, and so much more. Admission free. Bring your own seat.

Job openings
• Director of Youth Engagement f/t

• High School Woodshop Career Pathway Teacher p/t
• Afterschool Arts Teacher p/t
• Youth Woodworking Instructor p/t
• Youth Programs Creative Arts Lead Teacher p/t
• Teaching Assistant for Creative Arts p/t


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If you've visited the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts during the last week of September, you've seen the school decked-out for JP Open Studios.  JP Open Studios is an annual event in Jamaica Plain, allowing artists/makers to showcase their skills and sell their work, often in their creative work-spaces.


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Meet Our Students

Maggie Hill began taking classes at the Eliot School over four decades ago when she was 26 years old and starting out as an elementary school teacher. She hasn’t missed many classes since.

After many years in our furniture restoration and upholstery classes, she continues to take our sewing classes where she makes slipcovers, curtains and other embellishments for her house. Over the years, Maggie has refurbished and repaired almost everything in her living room and her pieces grace the homes of her relatives and friends.

She finds liberation in refinishing furniture and freedom in changing her own environment.

Additionally, Maggie advises the school on improving accessibility as part of our ongoing process of planning improvements to our space.

Maggie Hill
Mattapan, MA
Eliot School sewing student Maggie Hill