First-year Advanced Junior Studio (AJS) scholarship recipients take fundamentals classes structured over two semesters that include drawing and 2-D and 3-D design. Continuing students are offered advanced classes in 2-D and 3-D media. 2-D classes concentrate on drawing, painting, and watercolor. 3-D classes focus on sculptural work using clay and mixed media. Students are required to keep photographic and written documentation of the planning and execution of their projects. Classroom discussions focus on art history, ethnic and heritage connections, and contemporary issues.
Through Junior School portfolio competition and the 2012 School Art Competition, the Glassell School of Art and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are pleased to offer teen students the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Junior Studio (AJS) program.
The AJS program provides outstanding fine arts instruction for students in public, private, and parochial schools in Harris and surrounding counties. Portfolios are accepted each spring from students at the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade level for consideration in the program the following academic year.
The program offers a full semester scholarship, consisting of a 3-hour class held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Glassell School of Art Studio School. Each semester is 14 weeks long. AJS classes are taught using the curricula and standards of a formal studio program.
Students receive a certificate of completion at their fulfillment of the program. At the end of each semester, students receive written notification of their eligibility to continue to the next semester.
Regular attendance is mandatory. Students with three or more unexcused absences are dropped from the program. Excused absences include illness of the student or a parent and mandatory school testing. Unexcused absences include participation in non-mandatory school activities such as band, sports, cheerleading, and choir.
Students remaining in the program for multiple semesters have ample opportunity and guidance to develop portfolios for college admissions.