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Teaching Visual Art

The Eliot School @ 253 Amory St, Boston, MA

Join in for a discussion of drawing and the practice of teaching this medium. The class is open to all who are curious about teaching drawing and talking about drawing in its various forms. While art instructors might find this particularly interesting, those who are starting teaching or looking to start may also find this workshop helpful. Drawing had long been considered a starting place for painting and sculpture, but over the past many...

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Upholstery Immersion

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Learn to upholster with a project all your own. Join a shop away from home, with tools, mentorship and community. In this open-format class, there is no set curriculum. Instead, the instructor will circulate throughout the classroom,  giving upholstery instruction at all levels. Start with a dining chair or ottoman (large chairs take more than one semester). Bring your piece to the first class. We have limited storage-space on-site, so...

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$450

10 sessions

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Beginning Drawing

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

For people who haven’t drawn in a long time, or want to get started. Learn the basics of composition, gesture, line, texture and tone. Working from still lifes, experiment with a variety of drawing mediums and approaches. Examples from art history will open you to drawing’s vast range. Soon you will be drawing with confidence, accuracy and expression. This class will be appreciated by beginning artists as well as those who used to draw but have...

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$305

10 sessions

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Relief Printmaking

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Create unique prints from a variety of surfaces, which we’ll carve into, ink and print. Print on a variety of papers to achieve varied effects. Discuss the history of relief prints and look at the work of other artists. Students and instructor will participate in a portfolio exchange project at the end of the course. Materials There will be a $30 materials fee, payable in class

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$303

8 sessions

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Basic Upholstery

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Learn the basic elements of upholstery as you complete a simple footstool: webbing, springing (with coil springs and 8–way tying), padding, covering and stitching with a machine. This is a perfect prequel to our regular Upholstery class, if you want some skills before addressing your own furniture. Basic Upholstery is a structured class. All students work on the same project, a small ottoman, which you take home at the end. You won't learn how...

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$308

6 sessions

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Teen Artist Portfolio

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Focus on your strengths and unique voice. Bring examples of your best work to the first class, along with portfolio to store your art.  Get ready to pass your audition for high school or college. 

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$375

6 sessions

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Kids’ Sewing (Ages 9-12)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Learn how to use the sewing machine, cut patterns and sew. Develop your own personal sewing kit. Bags, pillows and simple clothing lead to more complex projects as you gain more experience. Sewing is practical and fun. Once you know how to do it you can make great things for yourself and for friends. Materials You may use our sewing machines or bring your own. With the instructor’s advice, each student will supply fabric and develop a personal...

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$256

10 sessions

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Woodworking Open Shop

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

This class is run as an open workshop in which students design and construct projects of their choice. Expert instructors provide individual guidance on design, joinery, construction and finishing, based on individual student needs, and students draw upon each other’s expertise. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time. Many fine pieces of original furniture...

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$380

10 sessions

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Photographing The Landscape

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Would you like your landscape photographs to be more creative and dynamic? Push your photographic vision; beyond just a depiction of a beautiful sunset or seascape. Students will explore photographing the landscape (both rural and urban) with new and refreshing perspectives by means of weekly class assignments. We'll review and critique as a group. We will also view the works of some of the great contemporary landscape photographers and see...

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$295

8 sessions

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Creating Fabric Slipcovers

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Make a removable custom slipcover. Cut fabric precisely, stitch welting and attach borders and skirting. Add cushions if time permits. Please choose a small piece of furniture that is easy to transport up and down stairs on your own. Storage is very limited and can't be guaranteed, so please plan to transport your piece to class/home each session. Materials to bring to class: Bring your preferred slipcover fabric and a piece (chair, ottoman, etc.)...

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$295

6 sessions

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Wood Turning: Bowls & Beyond

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Ever wanted to create your own, custom wood vessels?  In this 2-day workshop, you'll use the lathe to make wooden bowls, platters, artistic sculptures and more. Start with pieces of tree limbs and trunks, make them round, and take off from there. Beginners will learn basic lathe techniques. Experienced students will advance to the next level at their own pace. Wood will be provided in class; advanced turners may bring their own. No physical...

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$250

2 sessions

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Adventures in Art (Ages 6-8)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

For kids who love art and want to have fun exploring a variety of approaches, mediums and techniques. You may have just started drawing, or already draw well and want to improve your skills.  Through imagination and observation, explore composition, pattern, line, texture, scale, color, shading and contrast. Media may include watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, pastel and prints.

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$250

6 sessions

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Kids' Drawing and Painting (Ages 9-12)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Concentrating on specific skills in drawing, painting and other media, improve your use of line, value, tone, color, proportion, depth, composition and more.  Learn characteristics of a variety of materials and continue to develop your personal expression through individual and group critiques All materials provided in class.

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$275

6 sessions

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Oaxacan Woodcarving

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Oaxacan wood carving is renowned for its charming, animated, colorfully painted animals.   Learn basic tools and techniques of this folk-art form, passed down through generations, from Oaxacan wood carver Norbert Fabian, son of the late master Ventura Fabian, who lives and works in the wood carving village of San Martín Tilcajete, Mexico. Using soft copal wood (provided in class), carve a simple figure (armadillo, hummingbird, fish,...

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Tot Zone (Ages 2 - 3 with Adult)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Get messy exploring a variety of materials together. 

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$250

5 sessions

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Drawing from the Imagination

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Learn how illustrators and concept artists create dynamic and imaginative drawings using inspiration boards, reference images and lots of imagination. See how the best in the business develop character and costume design, animal, creature, and monster drawings, vehicles and robots, interiors and landscapes. Put it all together with art that is out of this world. Some prior life- and figure-drawing experience recommended.  Materials to bring...

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$295

6 sessions

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Garments for Gender Performance

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Create clothing for performance involving drag or gender bending. Learn to alter patterns to achieve the best fit for your body and the impression you want to make, and how to choose fabric and embellishments for the best impact in the spotlight—or for everyday wear. Take this class for multiple sessions and develop a wardrobe with the instructor’s guidance. Prerequisites: Basic Sewing or equivalent experience.

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$270

8 sessions

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Intermediate Woodworking: Wooden Stool

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Take your basic skills one step further. Add the lathe, band saw, drill press and hand mortise and tenon joints to your repertoire, and increase your comfort with table saw, planer and jointer. Introduce an element of your own design as well. Good for students who have completed Basic Woodworking: Box, but want the next step before going to Woodworking Open Shop. Prerequisite Basic Woodworking: Box, or equivalent experience Materials All materials...

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$262

6 sessions

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Tinkering & Inventing I (Ages 10 - 14)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Develop problem-solving skills, curiosity, creativity and agency through making. Incorporate some building, some electricity and some unexpected materials. A series of short projects builds essential skills, followed by a group challenge and individual or small group projects. Each term is different and students are encouraged to continue throughout the year. Materials All materials are provided.

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$204

10 sessions

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Tinkering & Inventing II (Ages 10 – 14)

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

What do you want to make? Now that you have built up some skills, work on designing more sophisticated projects. Learn about junk robotics; build a noise-maker, an alarm for your cookie jar, a box that lights up. Learn about adapting other projects, recycling parts and researching processes to suit your interests. Each term is different; students are encouraged to continue throughout the year. Prerequisite At least 2 terms of Tinkering & Inventing,...

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$204

10 sessions

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