Welcome to Tulsa Girls Art School!

Empowering underserved girls through visual arts training.

At Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS), our goal is to provide specialized art training to talented and motivated elementary school-aged girls living in the inner city of Tulsa. TGAS is different from other local charitable organizations providing professional level art instruction by local art teachers and artists. We provide a small class environment to give students plenty of individual instruction and encouragement. TGAS focuses on increasing student understanding and appreciation of art and the life of an artist. We encourage children to see themselves as artists and life-long participants in the arts.

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James Gaar – Recent Paintings

Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Free & Open to the public

This art show features the latest works by Tulsa abstract artist James Gaar, with a wine reception at Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.

"Invasion Theory"

“Invasion Theory”


"Reflections and Clouds"

“Reflections and Clouds”











Early in his painting career most of his artwork was representational or photorealistic with an occasional abstract painting.  However, today that artistic direction has reversed and most of his paintings these days are abstract with an occasional photorealistic piece.  Over the years the size of his paintings has increased, especially the abstract pieces for larger exhibits.

“Having painted for over 50 years, my work process has obviously evolved over the years,” says Gaar.  “I have experimented with a wide variety of methods, from detailed drawings for paintings with loads of reference material to let’s just jump in with no plan at all and see where it takes me.

“I have had varying degrees of success with both methods, but these days I’m much better at deciding which method will give me the best intended result, depending on the style and subject matter I’ve chosen.”


Littles & Middles Art Show

This Thursday from 5 -7 p.m.

The gala was a hit but our Littles & Middles didn’t get to join in the fun, so please join us this Thursday, Nov. 20 for a special art show featuring the work of our beginning and intermediate classes, (the Littles and the Middles).

Each student is showing three pieces of art including an abstract piece, a self-portrait and a landscape.

The Littles & Middles art show is free and open to the public with lite bites and drinks from 5 – 7 p.m. at Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.


Please call 918-949-9638 or email tgastulsa@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Through a Child’s Eye: Beauty Beyond Borders – Nov. 13, 5:30-9 p.m.

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The 2014 Tulsa Girls Art School gala, Through a Child’s Eye: Beauty Beyond Borders is sold out!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets for this year’s fundraiser; it’s going to be an incredible evening of creativity, fashion and art!

Beauty Beyond Borders features the debut of a collaboration between TGAS students and the Marilyn Ihloff creative team.

Celebrity Chair, model and actress Amber Valletta will be in attendance as will Honorary Chair and world-renowned artist Patrick (p.s.) Gordon. The event will feature a high fashion hair runway show in conjunction with the work of the Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS) students, inspired by world beauty.

Numerous auction items including one from artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, one of the founders of MAC cosmetics and Estee Lauder Creative Director, are sure to make for an unforgettable experience. Other artists whose work will be included in the auction are:

Patrick (p.s.) Gordon

Amber Valletta

Tulsa artists Pat (p.s.) Gordon, Wendeline Matson, Jonathan Sobel, Chris Mantle, Sara Matson Westover, Kenneth Gonzales, Matt Moffett as well as artists Paton Miller, Caryn Brown, Maria Fragoudaki, Karen Mainenti and Eve Sonneman.

The sold-out event is co-chaired by Kate Atkinson Jennemann and Sara Bost Fisher with Rita Singer serving as Patron Chair.


“Breathe These Dreams” by Jenny Labow

img_36586947At the TGAS fall fundraiser, “Through A Child’s Eye,” Jenny Labow performed her new song “Breathe These Dreams,” written and recorded specially for TGAS. Thank you, Jenny…we absolutely love it!