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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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Summer Camps

Printmaking Camp with Sarah Serio

June 5-7, 12pm – 5pm

Ages 6 to 12

Cost: $100

Carve it, Ink it, Print it!
Come rock the print shop at Spiva as we explore the unique world of printmaking. Transform your designs into eye-catching works of art with relief printing, create your own screen-printed t-shirt, and hit up the urban landscape for an adventure in street ink.  Unlike any other form of art, this camp will allow students to try their hand at a wide range of techniques in this whirlwind adventure in printmaking!

Superhero Adventures Camp with Sarah Serio

June 19-21, 12pm – 5pm

Ages 6 to 12

Cost: $100

Zap! Bam! Wham!
Avengers – Jedis –  Wizards
An all new adventure is coming to Spiva Summer 2018!
It’s time to suit up and delve into a new action-filled camp where you will develop your artistic superpowers while creating some of your favorite hero’s most important tools of the trade. Prepare to take your favorite hero on an artistic adventure of heroic proportions!

Masters of Mediums Camp with Sandra Conrad

July 10-12, 12pm – 5pm

Ages 6 to 12

Cost: $100

Charcoal, acrylic, pastels, and more! Explore art and its endless mediums in this camp that’s sure to ignite that artistic fire! This camp is perfect for laying the foundation every future artist needs. Students will love experimenting with so many forms of 2-D art!

Glass Camp with Jane McCaulley

July 24-26, 12pm – 5pm

Ages 9 to 13

Cost: $100

Discover the exciting world of fused glass! This stunning art form is sure to be a delightful new experience for kids ages 9-13. Students will make glass treasures to take home that you will enjoy for years to come- even returning students will have new masterpieces to display! Please wear close-toed shoes to this unique camp.

Preschool Summer Camps

Elements Camp with Amy Mullins

July 10-12, 10 – 11:30 am

Ages 3 to 15

Cost: $45

This camp is all about Fire, Water, and Earth! Be prepared to get messy while bubble painting, painting rocks, eating s’mores, making fire breathing dragons, and so much more. Themed snacks will be provided as well!

Space Camp with Amy Mullins

June 5-7, 10 – 11:30 am

Ages 3-5

Cost: $45

Aliens, planets, and rockets abound in this exciting camp that is out of this world! Your little ones will explore the amazing world of art by making painted planets, spaceships, astronauts, and more. Themed snacks will be provided!

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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