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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Spiva Art Lab

Introducing a new and dynamic eductional program for all ages! Spiva Art Lab is a safe place to discover, examine, practice and refine interest in the arts. These workshops and weekly classes are for the curious and creative!

Come Create with Us!

Spiva provides a broad spectrum of creative, educational art programs for the four-state community and encourages all age groups to explore, enjoy and participate in the arts. Classes take place in our classrooms, galleries, and even on the streets.

Instructors are state certified, and/or have several years of teaching experience.

The Spiva Kids Fun Fund is available for financial assistance.

Preschool Mini Makers

Mini Makers with Brooks Elizabeth

Saturdays, January 13 – May 19

Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door, 10:30-11:30am, Ages 3-5

Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for your little ones! Please note that students for this class must be accompanied by a parent.

Creation Station 

Tuesdays, January 16 -May 29, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-11, with Sandra Conrad

Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.

Tween Workshop 

Saturdays, January 20 – May 19, 1-2:30 pm, Ages: 12-14. With Sarah Serio

No class on February 10th and March 4th

Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required

This program is built for middle school students who have a passion for visual arts. During this program, students will have the chance to explore in-depth the art forms they love as well as experiment with new materials. Pre-registration is required.

Memories in the Making

 George A SPIVA Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Thursdays, March 1 – November 15, 10:00am-12:00pm

Memories in the making is back this March! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips.

Coloring Book Club


Coloring Book Club

Second Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12pm

Cost: FREE

Colorers and Sketchbookers unite! Bring your materials the second Saturday of every month to the Rachel Salzer Library upstairs at Spiva. Some markers and coloring pages will be provided, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the gift shop! No need to register, just come relax as you scribble, doodle, color, and draw.

Fashion Headpieces with Samantha Brotherton

Saturday, February 24, 1-3pm

Ages 18 and up Cost: $35

Learn to create easy and affordable fashion headpieces for photo shoots, cosplay, or anywhere else your creativity takes you!

PhotoSpiva Tweens

Saturday, March 3, 1-3pm

Ages 11-14

Cost: $50

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a professional photographer and exhibit in a curated show at Spiva in April.

Glass Sun Catchers with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, March 3, 10am-12pm

Ages 9 to adult

Cost: $35

Catch the sun with your unique design in this glass class!

Faux Stained Glass with Cyndi Cogbill

Saturday, March 10, 9-12pm

Ages 7 to adult

Cost: $25

Craft a beautiful piece of art while exploring the wonderful world of polymer clay!

Fun and Funky Upcycled Hats with Brenda Hayes

Saturday, March 10, 1-3pm

Ages 16 to adult

Cost: $30

Create your own upcycled, hand-stitched sweater hat!

Basic Drawing with Connie Miller

Saturday, March 17, 1-3pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $25

Drawing success for those who can’t make a straight line, and for those wanting to update their skills.

Culinary Art 101: Soups and Toast with Josie Mai

Saturday, March 17, 12-2pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $40

Join Spiva’s Executive Director in learning how to make homemade soups. This class is held offsite and is limited to 5 per class.

Superhero Adventures Art Camp with Sarah Serio

March 19-23, 12:30-3:30pm

Ages 12-14

Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required

Calling all Wizards, Jedis, & Avengers for an adventure in superhero art. True heroes recycle, so we will be using green art & recyclable objects in this week-long camp!

Pysanky Egg Decorating for Beginners with Carolyn Trout

Saturday March 24, 10am-1pm

Ages 13 to adult

Cost: $35

This ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in miniature. This class is held offsite and is limited to 6 per class.

Pysanky Egg Decorating for the Advanced with Carolyn Trout

Saturday March 24, 2pm-5pm

Ages 13 to adult

Cost: $35

Further exploration into this fascinating art form! This session is for returning students who want to expand on their knowledge.

Hand-Tieds with Justin

Saturday March 24, 10:30am-12pm

Ages 21 and up

Cost: $35

Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower will guide you on flower arrangement. Flowers provided and mimosas served!

Flying Colors Printmaking and Kite Crafting with Sarah Serio

Saturday March 24, 3-5pm

All ages, family friendly

Cost: $35

This family workshop entails learning the fun and intriguing practice of traditional printmaking and crafting your artwork into an aerial canvas to fly in the spring sky!

Glass Garden Stakes with Jane McCaulley

Saturday April 7, 10am-12pm

Ages 13 to adult

Cost: $35

Create a unique glass garden ornament to celebrate spring!

Advanced Drawing: Creating Volume & Mass with Connie Miller & Sandra Conrad

Saturday April 7, 12-2pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $25

Two artists with different styles and techniques will demonstrate how to give your drawings tone, mass, and volume, while using line, shading, and blending.

Crystal Soap

Saturday April 14, 10am-12pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $15

These unique crystal quartz soaps are sure to dazzle and delight!

Makeup & Mimosas with Natalie DeMint

Saturday April 21, 10am-12pm

Ages 21 and up

Cost: $35

Don’t be intimidated by makeup anymore! Bring a friend and sip on mimosas while you learn how to create wearable looks you can do yourself.

Earth Day Planters with Sarah Serio

Saturday April 21, 3-4:30pm

All ages

Cost: $15

Celebrate Earth Day by making adorable bug planters with your favorite person!

Photography Boot Camp with Mark Neuenshwander

Saturday April 28, 10am-12pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $35

Take your photography hobby to the next level by learning to shoot in manual mode like a pro.

Mother/Daughter Pendants with Jane McCaulley

Saturday May 5, 10am-12pm

Ages 9 to adult

Cost: $25

This glass pendant class is the perfect way to express your love this Mother’s Day.

Artist Statements 101 with Josie Mai

Tuesday May 8, 5:30-7pm

Cost: $15

If you are an artist, you don’t want to miss this follow-up to Artist Talk 101. Bring a short artist statement and one piece of original art. Josie Mai will facilitate the sharing and editing of the statements into a clear, practical, usable document.

Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson

Saturday May 12, 10am-12pm

Ages 21 and up

Cost: $35

Spring is the perfect time to make a marbled silk scarf while sipping mimosas!

Spring Wreaths with Samantha Brotherton

Saturday May 12, 12-2pm

Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $30

Celebrate spring by making your own seasonal wreath.

Skin Art: Tattoos with Jamie Fifer

Saturday May 19, 10am-12pm

Ages 14 to Adult

Cost: $35

Join Tattoo Artist Jamie Fifer as she teaches the history, styles, and placement of tattoos. Students will have the opportunity to design their own temporary tattoo to wear at home!

Spiva Teen Arts Advisory Committee

This highly selective committee is a place for teens between the ages of 14 and 18 to have their ideas and voices heard. Members of the STAAC will be directly involved in the development and implementation of programs and events at Spiva that affect their peers. This program is for teens who are responsible, proactive, and wildly creative. If you are interested in STAAC, contact Spiva for more information on the application process.

“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”

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