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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

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.

Creation Station 

Thursdays Sep 1- Dec 8     3:45-5pm

 Ages 6-12     Cost: $6 Pre-reg/ $8 @ door

Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited for this popular class. With Autumn Neuenschwander. No class Nov. 24th.


Memories in the Making

 George A SPIVA Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Thursdays though Oct 27     10am-12pm

Cost: FREE

An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, please call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. With Jesse McCormick. No class Nov. 24th.


Preschool Mini Makers

Saturdays (1st & 3rd) — Sep 3 – Dec 3 — 10:30-11:30am —

Ages: 3-5 — Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door

Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions. With Codi Byington.

  • Sep 3: Box Buddies
  • Sep 17: Paintorama
  • Oct 1: Crayoning Around
  • Oct 15: Monster Mash Bash
  • Nov 5: Sculpture Stories
  • Nov 19: Catching Dreams
  • Dec 3: Frozen Frenzy

Art Lounge


Mondays — Sep 12 – Dec 5 — 5-8pm — Ages: 14-18 —

Cost: $125/session (12wks) or $11 @door (per class)

For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. This year, students will visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on October 22! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. With Annette Goode No class Nov. 21st.

Art and Yoga: Paint & Pose

Friday — Oct 7 — 6-7:30pm & Saturday — Oct 8 — 9-10am  — Ages: Adult — Cost: $30

This class is the first collaboration with Downtown Joplin Yoga. Join us for a yoga mat painting session on Friday night. Then return Saturday morning for a mixed level yoga class in the Main Gallery with Sandra Krumsick, owner of Downtown Joplin Yoga. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. No prior experience is necessary; yoga mat provided. If you want to register for the yoga class only, the cost is $15 (no mat provided). With Sarah Gartin (painting) & Sandra Krumsick (yoga).


Young Artist Studio I


Tuesdays — Oct 18 – Dec 6 — 3:45-5pm — Ages: 6-9 — Cost: $80/session II (7wks) OR $11 @ door (per class)

This 7-week session introduces the young artist to a range of mediums, helps develop their skills, and nurtures that creative seed! Students will progress into Young Artist Studio II with age and skill level. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. With Sarah Serio. No class Nov. 22nd.

Young Artist Studio II


Tuesdays — Oct 18 – Dec 6 — 5:15-6:30pm — Ages: 10-13 — Cost: $80/session II (7wks) OR $11 @ door (per class)

For our older artists, Young Artist Studio II provides a more advanced artistic environment. Students will continue to explore a range of mediums from painting to printmaking. From here, students can look forward to our Teen Art Lounge class. Space is limited;           pre-registration is required. With Sarah Serio. No class Nov. 22nd.

Introduction to Clay

Thursdays — Oct 20 – Nov 3 — 5:30-7pm — Ages: 14-Adult — Cost: $90/session (3wks)

Hands on and messy, this 3-week clay session is great for beginners or skilled clay artists. Create your projects in the first two classes and then glaze on the last day. Pre-registration is required. With Jeremy Butler.


Halloween Glass Block

Saturday — Oct 22 & 29 — 1-3pm — Ages 9-Adult — Cost: $45

In this two-part class, glass artist Jane McCaulley will teach you how to make a glass block for fall or Halloween. Create your mosaic design on Oct. 22 and then grout the piece on Oct. 29. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own.


Simple Fall Encaustics

Saturday — Nov 12 — 1-3pm — Ages: 10+ — Cost: $30

The Greek word encaustic means “to burn,” and the ancient Greek process, developed in the 5th century BCE, involved heating pigmented beeswax over burning charcoal. This class is a much simpler take on that technique! It will use only small amounts of soft decorating wax, softened by hand to create your fall scene on canvas. Pre-registration is required. With Lacey Santillan.


Glass Candy Dish

Saturday — Nov 26 — 1-3pm — Ages 9-Adult — Cost: $35

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, take a minute to relax using art. Make this candy dish for your home or as a gift for someone else. Register the whole family and your friends. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. With Jane McCaulley.


Holiday Glass Ornament

Saturday — Dec 10 — 1-3pm — Ages 9-Adult — Cost: $35

This class is becoming a favorite and holiday tradition. These beautiful glass ornaments would look great on a Christmas tree, window, or mantel. This class is great fun for kids and adults.  Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. With Jane McCaulley.


Jazz Nutcracker Tea pARTy

Sunday — Dec 11 — 1:30-3:30pm — Ages 6-12 — Cost: $25

This will be an enchanted holiday afternoon filled with holiday treats and hot chocolate. Come learn the children’s dance from Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker, make a dazzling art project, and get your picture taken for the holidays! Pre-registration is required by December 1st. Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday dress or outfit. With Darcie Shultz.


Paper & Printmaking

Saturday — Dec 17 & Sunday — Dec 18 — 1:30-3:30pm — Ages 10-Adult — Cost: $35

Printmaker Sarah Serio will teach the printmaking process in this two-part class. Participants will make their own paper to print on from recycled scraps. Whether a holiday design or a spring scene, this project and fascinating process is sure to delight. Pre-registration is required.


Sketchbook Workshops

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Adults Once a month, offered to all, $10 to register. Sketchbook Project Artists encouraged to attend. Register on Active Network.

Collage: September 17th, 10:30 – 12 Noon

Coloring Book Club (FREE): October 1st, 10:30 – 12 Noon at Joplin Public Library

Drawing/Doodling: November 12th, 10:30 – 12 Noon

Coloring Book Club (FREE): December 3rd, 10:30 – 12 Noon at Spiva

Lunch & Learn: America’s Parks: John James Audubon, ornithologist, naturalist, and painter

Adults Spend your lunch hour nourishing your artistic spirit as well as your body! Lunch and Learn programs will discuss topics in art that relate to the exhibit showing in the Main or Regional Gallery. Facilitator Shaun Conroy. Donation suggested. Please bring your own lunch.

Friday, October 21, 12 Noon – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Learn: American Western Art

Friday, November 18th, 12 Noon – 1:00 PM

American West Art; highlighting the careers and work of George Catlin, Frederic Remington, and Joe Beeler.

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