Newsletter • September 2019

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Kids’ and Teen comics classes start this Saturday. There's still room in Comics I, Comics II, Teen Comics. Other kids’ and teens’ classes have openings, too. Use our Find a Class tool. Design and make a small Contemporary Art Quilt. Learn basic techniques and explore dimensionality. Or learn to cut, piece, baste, quilt and bind in Quilt a Wall Piece. Explore more classes here.

9/28 & 9/29 • Faculty Showcase @ JP Open Studios

Often called one of the most family-friendly arts events, Jamaica Plain Open Studios gives the public and artists an opportunity to connect, converse and purchase works of art. We’ll showcase 27 visual and craft faculty at our schoolhouse at 24 Eliot Street. Extra activities include live music, artists’ demos, hands-on collaborative art projects, giant bubbles for kids and, by popular demand, the Marshmallow Garden by Andrew Riiska. 11am–6pm. Learn more here.

9/28 & 9/29 • AIR/Teen Bridge @ JP Open Studios

Join Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge artists as they unveil "New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!" at 253 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, 11am–5pm. Learn more here.

10/2–27 • New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!

Artist in Residence L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge investigate historic and contemporary conceptions of public monuments. Catch them at JP Open Studios and then at Galatea Fine Arts, Oct 2–27. Join us for the Opening Reception and SoWa First Friday, Oct 4, 6–8pm, and the Artists’ Talk Oct 20, 3pm. At Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave. #B-6, Boston. Learn more here. Photo Credit: Craig Bailey: Perspective Photo

Professional Development Series for Teachers

Our professional development workshops this year focus on social, emotional and behavioral health and wellbeing— in teachers, in students, through art making, with staff from Boston Children’s Hospital and RAW Arts/Lynn. They’re open to teachers, teaching artists, parents and other interested adults. Attend all three or choose among them. Learn more here.
10/16 • Perfecting the Partnership: How to integrate, communicate & feel confident in your schools
11/20 • Studio-Based Artmaking to Support Emotional & Behavioral Health
12/18 • Perfecting the Partnership: Behavioral Supports for Students in the Art Classroom
Photo credit: M. Davidson-Schapiro Photography

11/02 • Artist for a Nite with ZNT Arts

Create a one-of-a-kind abstract, surreal painting inspired by the hues and vibes of fall. Let Zahirah Nur Truth of ZNT Arts guide you. Sip wine and a signature Yayoi Kusama cocktail while enjoying sweet and savory small bites. Saturday 11/2, 8-10pm at our schoolhouse. RSVP here.

Extraordinary Gift • OneWay Lathe

It is with extreme gratitude that we thank Ann Coles for her generous gift of a OneWay lathe, carving and sharpening tools. The tools belonged to Ann’s late husband Dick Piper, who had returned to woodturning after a career as an architect. We are honored to share Dick’s love of woodturning and craftsmanship with our students through this amazing piece of machinery. Thank you, Ann, for the wonderful contribution you’ve made to our Eliot School community.

New Named Scholarships Honor Kevin Cradock Builders, Maggie Hill, Dick Piper

Through our Named Scholarships, we are proud to honor individuals and businesses who share our commitment to arts education and craftsmanship. We welcome new scholarships named for local business Kevin Cradock Builders, long-time student Maggie Hill and woodturner Dick Piper, whose tools now grace our wood shop. We invite you to add a Named Scholarship of your own. Find out more here.

Summer Program for Children

In our Summer Program for Children, students built skateboards and robots, created their own fashions, explored photography, animation & comics and so much more! Most important, they had fun and learned to express themselves through creating and making. Many thanks to all of the children, staff, teachers and donors who make this program such a success each year.

Website Tip: Find a Class

Narrow your search on our new website to find a class that fits your desires. Enter one or two search terms, then press SEARCH. To start over, clear your previous terms by selecting the field name at the top of each term’s drop-down menu. Check out our FAQ page, and let us know if you have trouble and we’ll do our best to help out.