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CLASSES

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.

Preschool Mini Makers

Mini Makers with Brooks Elizabeth

Saturdays (1st & 3rd) September 2 – May 20

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

  • Sept 2: Paint-a-rama
  • Sept 16: Make Some Music!
  • Oct 7: Emoji Party
  • Oct 21: Mythical Morning
  • Nov 4: Degas’ Dancers
  • Nov 18: Nature Art
  • Dec 2: Winter Wonderland
  • Dec 16: Beach Party

Creation Station 

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

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.

Fused Glass Ornaments

Saturday, Dec 9, 10:30 am – 1:30pm

Cost: $35, ages 13 and up

Create a beautiful glass ornament using a pre-made template or branch out and create your own design! No matter your level of adventure, you are bound to enjoy a morning of art making with professional glass artist Jane McCaulley.

Holiday Workshop

Wednesday, December 20, 1-3pm

Cost: $5 per project, all ages

Come create memorable holiday decorations at our holiday workshop! Booths will include an ornament decoration station, a coffee mug decorating station, a paper wreath station, and a station at which participants are free to make whatever they choose out of the creative supplies provided!

Mimosas and Marbling: Holiday Edition

Saturday, December 16, 10-12pm

Ages 21 and up

Cost: $35

With winter comes the beautiful shades of blue and white in the snow, purple shadows over the landscapes, and bright holiday decorations! Come join us as we use this season as our color inspiration for a scarf decorating workshop. Lean marbling and printing techniques to create your own unique silk scarf as you sip on a holiday themed mimosa.

Nightlight Glass Workshop with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, January 16, 10-12pm

Ages 13 to adult

Cost: $35

Brighten up the night with your own fused glass creation.

Beginning Beading with Ollie Heth

Saturday, January 13, 10am-12pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $35

Learn basic Native American beading patterns to create your own bracelet or set of earrings.

Welcome to Photoshop with Sarah Clements

Saturday, January 13, 10am-12pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $30

This introduction to Photoshop will cover what you need to know to start your editing journey.

Culinary Art 101: Pizza Three Ways with Josie Mai

Saturday, January 20, 12-2pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $40

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

PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop

Saturday, February 3, 1-2pm

Ages 6-10

Cost: $50

Participants will be introduced to basic design principles and have the opportunity to exhibit in a curated show at Spiva in March.

Glass Valentines with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, February 3, 10am-12pm

Ages 9 to adult

Cost: $35

Create a fused glass masterpiece for yourself or a loved one!

Encaustic 101 with Jodie Sutton

Sunday, February 4, 1-3pm

Ages 18 and up

Cost: $35

Experience a whole new form of creativity in an exploration of painting with waxes.

Little Mozart with Lola Nelson

Saturday, February 10, 1-3pm

Ages 6-10

Cost: $20

Children will learn about Mozart and the opera, “The Magic Flute.” Come prepared to sing!

Fun and Funky Upcycled Hats with Brenda Hayes

Saturday, February 10, 1-3pm

Ages 16 to adult

Cost: $30

Create your own upcycled, hand-stitched sweater hat!

Wind Chimes Part I with Daria Claiborne

Sunday, February 11 & 18, 3-5pm

Ages 13 to adult

Cost: $35

Use a variety of media to create a stunning wind chime in this two-session class.

Write Poems Fast with Brad Modlin

Saturday, February 17, 10-11:30am

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $25

These low-stakes creativity exercises will get you started on several poems- you’ll leave with one full, fast draft.

Culinary Art 101: Small Plates with Josie Mai

Saturday, February 17, 12-2pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $40

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

Vocalizing with Lola Nelson

Saturday, February 17, 1-3pm

Ages 15 to adult

Cost: $25

Participants will learn about projection, stage presence, and singing with emotion. Geared to those with a basic background in singing.

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!

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.

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!

Coloring Book Club

WEEKEND CLASSES

Coloring Book Club

Saturday, March 11, April 8, May 13, 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.

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.

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!

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!

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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