Our Staff

DianeDiane Sher

Director and Teacher at New Arts, has been teaching since 1972.
Diane taught special needs children in the Boston Public Schools before opening Preschool Learning Center in 1981.  When the Preschool closed its doors 20 years later, Diane began teaching art classes after school, most recently in the Gallery in the Square.  Diane opened New Arts, now at 61 Pond Street, in the winter of 2009.

With a Masters degree in Art Therapy, Diane’s goal is to encourage each child to find the artist within.  She teaches children in grades 1 to 12, often using the works of Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and others to inspire the children to take artistic risks, painting from the heart, choosing colors  and designs they love.

Diane has worked with watercolor for many years, but recently has developed a love for pastels, which she uses to create both portraits and landscapes.

carolyn.jpg.w300h391Carolyn Daly Shedd

Carolyn first got the ceramics bug while working in her aunt’s Boston studio as a young teen. She began taking pottery lessons at a studio in Walpole in 1995, and has been an active member of the studio for more than 20 years. In addition to creating hand-built and wheel-thrown functional art that reflects her love for the seashore, Carolyn is as equally passionate about teaching her craft to youngsters.   Carolyn is busy selling her wares throughout the year at area craft fairs and arts festivals, as well as through her web-site at www.EarthElementsPottery.com.


Barbara Lapal

Barbara has been teaching children for more than 35 years. She attended Framingham State University and has her certification in Elementary Education.  Barbara taught in the Marlboro Public Schools and the Preschool Learning Center in Sharon.  Most recently she was the Head Teacher in a Reggio Emilia inspired full day Kindergarten program in Canton.  Barbara’s goal is to encourage children to express themselves through art by offering them free access to open-ended materials. She enjoys helping to foster creative self-expression by exposing each child to artists and illustrators through a variety of media, shape and color.