The Glassell Junior School is an art school for young people, devoted to nurturing creativity and dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts and an awareness of the world. Classes and workshops for children ages 3 through 18 are offered year-round. A distinguishing feature of classes at the Glassell Junior School is ready access to works of art in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Classes are designed to accommodate children of all skill levels and interests. Courses range from drawing and painting, to video and animation, to ceramics and fashion design.

The Junior School maintains an active scholarship program and offers two annual scholarship events: a portfolio competition for all school-age children, and a sketching competition for students from age 10 to 12.

Junior School Facilities

Until the end of the spring 2018 semester, Glassell Junior School classes and workshops are held in spacious, daylight-filled studios housed in a wing of the Museum’s Central Administration and Junior School Building, located at 5100 Montrose Boulevard. The Junior School has a covered drop-off door at the corner of Bayard Lane and Bartlett Street (entrance on Berthea Street).

Summer 2018 students will be the first to take classes in the brand new Glassell School of Art, located at 5101 Montrose Boulevard. The state-of-the-art, L-shaped building features new classroom studios, gathering spaces, and exhibition galleries, as well as a street-level coffee bar. The school is adjacent to the new Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, which provides ample outdoor space, including sculpture and a water feature. Atop the school is the BBVA Compass Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roofline offering dramatic views of downtown and the Museum campus.

► Information on the new Glassell School of Art Building


Judi Burton
BFA, University of Houston

Jane French
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute,
MFA, University of Houston

David Fulton
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; 
Core Fellow, Glassell School of  Art

Donna Garoh
BFA, Tyler School of Art,
Temple University

Vehishta Kaikobad
BA, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Elena Lopez-Poirot
MFA, University of Houston; 
BFA, University of Texas

Erin Joyce
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Jessica McMahon 
BFA, Pratt Institute

Maureen McNamara
MA, New York University;
BA, University of St. Thomas

Valerie Nevarez
AA, Houston Community College

Eduardo Ortiz
MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design;
M Ed., Columbia University;
BA, University of Houston

Kealy Racca
BFA, University of Houston

Mary Ellen Rouen
MFA, University of Houston-Clear Lake;
BA, University of Texas

Ian Sigley
BFA, University of Houston 

J. Michael Stovall
BA, University of Arkansas

Michele Sturtevant
BA, University of St. Thomas

Susan Tadlock
MA, BFA, Stephen F. Austin State University

Bonnie Van Hook
MA, Hunter College; 
BA, College of New Rochelle

Rachelle Vasquez
BA, University of Houston

Richard Williams
MFA, BA, University of Houston;
San Jacinto College;
University of Maryland

Claudia Zopoaragon
AA, Ce-Art, Bogota, Colombia

The Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from the Glassell Family; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Mr. William J. Hill; Mrs. Jereann H. Chaney; Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel; Kathrine G. McGovern; Mr. and Mrs. John S. Orton; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Palmer; Sue and Rusty Burnett; Ms. Bettie Cartwright; Ms. Sara Paschall Dodd; Barbara and Michael Gamson; Ms. Carroll R. Goodman; Samuel F. Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. David Marsh;  Ms. Nancy Powell Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Jacque H. Passino, Jr.; Isla and Tommy Reckling; Paul A. Van Hook; The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation; Claire and Doug Ankenman; Mr. Steve Brown; Clare Casademont and Michael Metz; Dr. Mirtha T. Casimir and Mr. Jack McKinley; Michael Dumas; George and Mary Hawkins; Ms. Catherine J. Leachman; Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long; Mr. and Mrs. William K. Matthews III; Mr. and Mrs. Scott McCool; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Nyquist; The Omena Fund; H. John and Diane M. Riley; Pauline and Stephen Smith; Adrienne and Tim Unger; Wells Fargo; Vallette and Russell Windham; Mr. and Mrs. William A. Wise; and the Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff Family Foundation.