Primary – Middle School


Creative expression. Art appreciation. The Wellan Art curriculum is designed to help students learn to approach challenges from a creative perspective, develop specific skills in a variety of artistic media, and gain a life-long appreciation for art in its many forms through a foundation in art history and cultural studies.



Vanessa Irzyk, Art Program Coordinator/Art Specialist

Vanessa Irzyk is a painter and art educator who lives in Winthrop, MA, originally from New Bedford, MA. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2007 with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Art Education. She paints from her studio in the Distillery in South Boston, where she has been for over 10 years. Vanessa has had five solo exhibitions in the greater Boston area and has shown her work throughout the country. She lives with her beautiful daughter Hazy Mae, partner Wes, and two Bernese Mountain dogs; Dabi & Darnell.

Amy Norrod, Specialist Support and After School Teacher

Amy obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education at Bowling Green State University. During her undergraduate program, she studied Western European Art and Architecture across Europe. Since then, she has taught in Ohio and Florida before moving to Massachusetts at the start of 2020. She recently moved to Boston from Jacksonville, Florida, where she was a middle school art teacher for two years. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, oil painting, and trying new restaurants in the Boston area.

Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.