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

New Glassell School of Art Building
5101 Montrose Boulevard

In May 2018, the Glassell School of Art opened in its new home: a 93,000-square-foot building designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new L-shaped building is constructed from a series of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels, alternating with panes of glass, in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles.

Highlights of the New Glassell School of Art
• Fronts onto to The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, which provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• A street-level coffee bar for students and the public
• For the first time, all Glassell School of Art students are served under one roof, since the new building houses both the Junior School and Studio School, as well as Core Program residents
• The BBVA Compass Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus

 

Faculty

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

Loren Gardner
BA, Stephen F. Austin State University

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
BA, University of Houston – Downtown

Jessica Ninci
MFA, BFA, University of Houston

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

Arely Pena
BFA, University of Houston

Kealy Racca
BFA, University of Houston

J. Michael Stovall
BA, University of Arkansas

Michele Sturtevant
BA, University of St. Thomas

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

Isabel Wilson
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

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.