Nothing can replace hands on experience, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ School Art Program allows students to gain valuable time at prestigious workshops.  

Glassell School of Art

Located in the nation's fourth largest city, with a vibrant art scene, students can learn at the respected Glassell School of Art connected with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Glassell School of Art offers students two different programs, Glassell Junior School and Glassell Advanced Portfolio Preparation program.

The Glassell Junior School is available to students, kindergarten through 12th grade, who received Best of Show, Gold Medal or Special Merit awards and who qualify through an application process that is based on the student's academic, extracurricular and artistic success. The students are chosen by the Show's School Art Committee. The instructional classes range from drawing and painting, to video and animation, to ceramics and fashion design. The classes meet for two hours per day for one week during the summer or one hour per week for 14 weeks in the fall.

Students in eighth through 11th grade have the opportunity to participate in the 14-week Advanced Portfolio Preparation program, with specialized attention in two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual arts. The outstanding students must be recommended by their teachers and are chosen by the Glassell School of Art. The program offers students hands-on experience to establish a portfolio while developing skills and a work ethic for future success.

Western Art Academy

The Western Art Academy in Kerrville, Texas, gives students a rare opportunity to receive advanced art instruction, as well as prepare for college. Schreiner University directs the four-week immersion program and offers students college credit upon completion of the course work. The workshop gives talented students an exciting chance to receive personal instruction in oil painting, drawing and sculpting from respected professional artists and to enjoy outside activities, including field trips to local art studios 

Application forms are given to all ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are Best of Show, Gold Medal, or Special Merit winners in the annual School Art competition. Representatives of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Committee interview qualifying applicants and review their applications and artwork portfolios. Winners are announced at the School Art Program awards ceremony during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.