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The Eliot School offers classes to people of all ages in woodworking, sewing and yarn, fiber arts, book arts, drawing, painting, photography and other crafts and fine arts.

“...Pursue your human desire to create.”

We reach thousands of people each year from Boston and beyond.



We send teaching artists and artisans to classrooms and community centers throughout Boston.


Our Jamaica Plain classrooms welcome students of all ages, from 2 to 100.


We nurture a select group of young artists through Teen Bridge, and support Boston-based artists through our annual Artist in Residence.


Artisans’ talks, faculty exhibitions and family and other events round out our offerings.

19th century reports applauded the Eliot School for helping students “satisfy that instinctive desire of human beings to create.” Today, we still inspire the pleasures of learning, craft and artistic creation— for all.


The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.


We cultivate welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craft and community. Our offerings satisfy the human desires to create, engage in self-expression and learn by doing, and our vision builds upon the school's historic role in shaping education in fine and applied arts.

Core Values

Learning and Enjoyment

  • We provide opportunities to imagine, create and build with head, hands and heart.
  • We help students learn for personal fulfillment and enjoyment.
  • We embrace students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Integrity and Excellence

  • We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of excellence.
  • We conduct ourselves with honesty, fairness and integrity.

Community and Inclusion

  • We value and promote inclusivity, diversity and equity.
  • We maintain an open and welcoming environment, where all who enter are treated with dignity and respect.
  • We are interconnected through high regard for each other as colleagues, partners, teachers, learners and neighbors.

Continuity and Change

  • We are respectful stewards of our historical role in shaping education.
  • We adapt our mission and programs over time, keeping our work relevant and contemporary.

Welcoming, Inclusivity & Non-Discrimination

The Eliot School welcomes students, faculty and staff of any national or ethnic origin, race, color, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The school does not discriminate in admission to its programs or in their administration.

While our Amory Street classroom is handicapped accessible, the Eliot Schoolhouse is not. If you have a disability, please be in touch so that we can discuss your needs and do our best to accommodate you.