Elementary Visual Art
Visual Art
  • Elementary Visual Art

    Most elementary sites have at least a part time art teacher.  All elementary sites are invited to attend the following events throughout the school year:

    The Monthly Elementary Art Teacher Meetings-these are monthly meetings that rotate into the various elementary schools.  Elementary Art Teachers gather to share best-practice ideas and see how other teachers organize and manage their art rooms.

    Catch the Sprit Elementary Art Show-is sponsored by the University of Tulsa and the Zarrow Art Gallery in the Brady District downtown.  All art teachers are invited to bring student work for display.  A community reception coordinates with the First Friday Art Crawl.

    The District Art Show-now in its 35th year boasts the art work from every site.   Art teachers hang the work from their site and then are available to parents on Opening Night.  Five thousand works of art are displayed each year.  Several pieces are selected by the Superintendent’s Designee to be framed and hang at the Education Service Center for one year.

    The Levit Prize-runs concurrently with the District Art Show.  It is a juried show into which each art teacher may submit two art works per grade level for judging and prizes.

    Numerous contests throughout the school year are made available to the art teachers and stand in addition to the abovementioned.  They may include:  Oklahoma State Department of Tourism Poster Contest, Sherwin Miller Museum Purim Mask Contest,  American Kennel Club Dog Contest.

  • Secondary Visual Art

    The Tulsa Public Schools Secondary Visual Arts Department has received much regional and national recognition.  This has been due in part to the continued support for the fine arts that provides a tri-partite design in programming.  Arts opportunities are offered to students during the school day, after hours, and throughout the school year including during the Spring Break and Summer Sessions.


    All of our high schools and most of our middle and junior high schools offer visual arts classes.  Recognizing the necessity of addressing the needs of gifted secondary students, many of our secondary art teachers have received additional AP Training by the College Board.  In addition, one of our middle schools, Carver Middle School, and one of our high schools, Booker T. Washington High School are members of the International Baccalaureate Program.  This program offers a rigorous curriculum in the visual arts.

    Tulsa Public Schools has a magnet fine arts school, Central High School.  The school is new, with state - of- the- art equipment.  It has a strong fine arts faculty offering a diverse curriculum.  In 2007 the Tulsa Public Schools received a $12,000,000 grant for Magnet Schools development.

    Several of our high schools and middle schools have active art clubs and a National Art Honor Society.  These after school programs allow serious students the time and opportunity to explore the arts in greater depth.


    Local community donors also enrich the fine arts department with their giving.  The Levit Family Foundation provides funding for the Levit Prize for Excellence in Art Education.  A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior each year.  The Assistance league of Tulsa provides support for the annual District Art Show, now in its 35th year.  They, along with Myrna Kaiser also provide grants to individual arts classrooms for innovative projects.  Numerous other family and corporate foundations provide funding for contests and grants for students and teachers.  Tulsa has been highly successful in competition and the results of some of their prizers appear on this web site.


    This year, Tulsa Public Schools was the recipient of a three year pledge for support of our Spring and Summer Arts Programs from the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation.  Pledging $135,000, hundreds of students will be able to continue their summer arts experiences through school year 2017.


    The State Superintendent Arts Awards for Excellence is an end of career award for outstanding high school arts students.  Each year Tulsa Public Schools has several students recognized.


Art Competition Honors

    Oklahoma City University

    2015 2-D High School Art Competition


    Cat Sack-2 awards (Rob Wakeley – photography teacher) 



    Nancy Hurst (Clancy Gray-Art Teacher)

    Daniel Javier (Clancy Gray-Art Teacher)

    Indra Coronado-2 awards (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Jaiden Huges (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Kayla Andrus (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Shawn Johnson (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Kyle Clark (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Christian Spaulding (Julie Thomas-Art Teacher)

    Christian Spaulding – Reduction Print – Norick Award

    Kayla Andrus – Photography – Honorable Mention

    Indra Coronado – Drawing

    Indra Coronado – Drawing

    Jaiden Hughes – Acrylic Painting

    Shawn Johnson – Photography

    Shawn Johnson – Photography

    Shawn Johnson – Photography

    Kyle Clark – Photography

    Nicole Kislinski – Photography

    Lindsay Petersen – Photography

    Lindsay Petersen – Photography

    Alaina Comer – Photography

    Emily Holbrook – Photography

    Nancy Hurst – Watercolor Painting

    Daniel Javier – Mixed Media


    For those who like statistics -- out of over 800 works, 175 were selected from across the state. I just included area schools below.

    Edison – 16

    BTW – 2

    Broken Arrow – 8

    Glenpool - 3

    Metro – 10

    Union – 1

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