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 throughout Boston. 

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

*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

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Holiday gifts: turned bowls,  jewelry, kitchenware, comics, paintings, and more. Support our faculty artisans!

Job openings

• Program Support Associate f/t
• Youth Woodworking Instructor p/t
• Youth Programs Creative Arts Lead Teacher p/t
• Teaching Assistant for Creative Arts p/t


Our COVID Safety Policies are in place for students, teachers, and staff. Read these here.


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Eliot School featured in Smithsonian Report

Cover of the Smithsonian AACI report

In 2020, the Smithsonian Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage launched an African American Craft Initiative. The Smithsonian called it “a pan-institutional effort to highlight the voices and work of African American makers while building strong, maker-led networks and collaboration opportunities.”


“He’s kin. He’s part of the family,” says Executive Director Abigail Norman. He came to the Eliot School in 2013 wanting to teach his passion—comic art, sequential art. He began teaching adult and children’s comic classes as well as life drawing. Read more.

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Meet Our Alumni

A childhood moment in an Eliot School mural-making class provided a lifelong quest for Julia Ryan––recognizing the importance of an artists’s self-discovery.

A Jamaica Plain resident and graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia Ryan is the first Artist Resource Manager for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston. She helps individual artists navigate the ins and outs of opportunities and resources, and guides them through permit and licensing challenges.

Her personal and professional work focuses on creating welcoming and accessible art spaces and the exploration of art through a lens of community engagement and empowerment, with special interest in access to art for youth– the very things that enriched her Boston childhood. 

Photo credit: Donrick Pond

Julia Ryan
Jamaica Plain, MA