About Us

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.

Every year, we reach thousands of people from Boston and beyond with our classes and events. Some 1,600 people take classes in our Jamaica Plain classrooms each year. And through our School & Community Partnerships, we also send teaching artists and artisans throughout the city, reaching more than 2,000 children each year. Many others enjoy our Teen Bridge and Artist in Residence programs, our artisans' talks, faculty exhibitions and other events.

19th century reports applauded us for helping students “satisfy that instinctive desire of human beings to create.” Today, we still pursue the pleasures of craftsmanship and artistic creation and we continue our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

We invite you to join us with hammer, thimble, camera or brush. Attend our events. Encourage your child’s school to join our School Partnership Program. Enroll in a class and pursue your human desire to create.


Mission

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

Vision

The Eliot School cultivates welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship and community. Its offerings satisfy the human desires to create, engage in self-expression and learn by doing, and its 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 Policy

The Eliot School welcomes students, faculty and staff of any national or ethnic origin, race, color, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gener 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.