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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.

Art Lounge

Mondays, 4:30-6:30, ages 14-18

March 6 – May 29

Cost: FREE

Bring your sketchbook and pencils, paint, or whatever medium you prefer to work in and join your fellow teen artists in an open studio session. Each week local professional artists and Spiva staff members will oversee the studio space, providing teens with a chance to ask questions, get tips, and create alongside professionals. Forgot to bring your own supplies? No worries! Participants may pay a $5 fee to utilize Spiva’s Studio supply stash.

*No sessions April 10th and May 8th

Creation Station

Tuesdays, 3:45 – 5:00, ages 14-18

March 7 – May 30

Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door

Drop in Thursday 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.

Young Artist Studio 

Tuesdays, March 7- April 25 , 5:15-6:30 pm, ages 9-13

Cost: $80 (7wks)

This 7-week session will help young artists develop their skills and nurture that creative seed! Led by professional teaching artist, Sara Serio, students will explore a range of new media such as charcoal, sculpture, and printmaking. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Taught by Sarah Serio.

Creation Station 

Tuesdays, March 7-May 30, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-12

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.

Comic Book Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: $15

Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day and enjoy an afternoon of super-hero themed creation with fellow comic book fans. Bring your favorite comics to use as inspiration. Parents are encouraged to stay with child participants under the age of 13.

Mimosas and Marbling 

Saturday, May 13, 10:00-12:00

Cost: $35

Looking to add something fun and unique to your spring wardrobe? Invite your girlfriends and create a beautiful scarf while sipping delicious mimosas! Participants will be introduced to a fun and simple marbling process and have the opportunity to dye an 8″x 54″ scarf.

Straw Weaving

Saturday, May 13, 10:00-12:00

Saturday, June 10, 1:00-3:00 pm, Ages 13 and up

Cost: $35

This class will be an introduction to an early form of weaving called stick weaving or straw weaving. Using a vast array of natural, synthetic, and unexpected fibers. It will cover basic weft techniques using a weaving form. Participants will learn a versatile, portable weaving technique, and leave with a piece of wearable fiber art. With Randi Bachman.

Culinary Art 101

Saturday, June 24, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, July 22, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Ages 16 and up

Cost: $40 per session

Maximum of 5 adults each session, ages 16 and up. This class meets offsite in Carthage, MO. Use seasonal ingredients fresh from the Webb City Farmer’s Market to create a family style lunch. Individually plate and photograph the meal, sit down and eat, and walk away with leftovers and recipes. Basic prep and cooking skills. No experience necessary. With Spiva Director, Josie Mai.

Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-12:00pm, Ages 13 and up.

Cost: $35

Learn traditional dyeing methods while making fun, beautiful wearable art! This workshop will be held outdoors, so wear sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind getting a little messy! With Randi Bachman

Glass Art Workshop

Friday, July 28, 4:00-7:00 pm, Saturday, July 29, 10:00-12:00 pm, and Friday, August 4, 4:00-7:00 pm

Ages 13 and up

Cost: $100

Learn the art of fused glass and other forms of glasswork with professional artist Jane McCaulley during this three session course. Participants will walk away with one-of-a-kind glass creations. Whether you are testing the waters of glass art or have enjoyed this craft for years, you’ll have a blast learning from Jane’s years of experience!

Preschool Summer Camps

10-11:30am   Ages 3-5  Cost $50

Minimum of 4 students for classes to hold, except where specified.

Week 1:  June 6-8 Art Explorers

Send your little artist on an adventure through the worlds of famous artists like Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci! During this camp participants will learn about iconic works of art and bring home their own masterpieces!

Week 2: June 13-15 Tinker Camp

Learn about fun ways to use recycled objects in crafts! Students will make projects on the themes of water conservation and recycling. This camp makes big ideas easy for our littlest artist to understand and enjoy!

Week 3: June 20-22 Creative Café

Come create edible art during the Creative Cafe! This three day adventure gives your little chef the opportunity to build, decorate, and think outside the box with edible materials!

Week 4: June 27-29 Amazing Animals

Join us as we go on an imaginary safari, explore the ocean, and create art about the animals that live in our area!

Week 5: July 11-13 Once Upon A Time

This camp is for all the youngest story tellers out there! Come make art about our favorite fairy tales, learn to make a story with your friends during our collaborative story time, and have fun imagining new worlds to explore during this magical, creative camp!

Week 6: July 18-20 Squish, Squash, Sculpt

For all those little artists who like to get a little messy, this camp is for them! Come build with model magic and all kinds of fun, new materials! Learn how to use basic shapes to sculpt animals, flowers, and anything you can imagine!

Week 7: July 25-27 Candyland Creations

Come create yummy art based on all of our favorite deserts! We’ll be making things like doughnut sunglasses, cupcake sculptures, and we’ll look at paintings by artists like Wayne Theibaud who make sweet, sweet artwork!

Youth Summer Camps

12:30-5:30pm Ages 6-12* Cost $90-$100

Minimum of 6 students required for classes to hold, maximum of 15.

*Please note these camps begin at age 9 for safety reasons

Week 1:  June 6-8    Glass Camp* $100

Come and learn from artist Jane McCaulley in this three day glass-crafting adventure! Create beautiful mosaic and works of art that interact with natural light in beautiful ways! Ages 9-12 are welcome.

Week 2: June 13-15       Recycled Art Adventures  $90

Learn to live creatively with artist Sarah Serio! This camp will explore the basics of sculpture using reclaimed objects. Discover new ways to take care of the environment and utilize nature in artwork during this 3 day recycling art adventure.

Week 3: June 20-22        Printmaking Camp $90

Explore the diverse world of printmaking with professional print-maker, Sarah Serio. This camp will give you the opportunity to learn about different print-making techniques and materials while creating fun, fabulous artwork!

Week 4: June 27-29    Drawing Camp $90 

Draw, sketch, and doodle through this adventurous camp while we dive into new mediums like charcoal, sumi ink, and conté!

Week 5 : July 11-13          Photography Camp $90

Did you miss out on our PhotoSpiva workshops? Are you looking for more fun with a camera? Join us for a 3 day camp on all things photography! Students will learn the basics of photo composition and the history of photography, and also have the opportunity to polish their story-telling skills through the photos they take!

Week 6: July 17,19,21        Clay Camp $100

Come sculpt and create with artist and teacher Lacey Satillian! This class takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to the nature of the materials they will be working with.

Week 7: July 25-27              Painting Camp $90

Get ready to dive into 3 days of messy, creative fun with artist and teacher, Audrey Wheeler! This camp will explore different painting mediums and delve into diverse styles and techniques in a fresh, fun way! For all the young Van Gogh and Da Vinci’s out there, this camp is for you!

Week 8: August 1-3             Fiber Arts Camp $90

Are you fascinated by weaving? Do you ever wonder how fabrics are made or decorated? Well this camp is for you! Come learn from textile artist, Audrey Wheeler as she explores different kinds of weaving, fabric dying, and stitching! Discover artists who live here and around the world who create their artwork using the fiber art techniques you’ll learn with Audrey!

Week 9: August 7,9,11         Clay Camp II * $100

Learn new techniques in sculpting and ceramics! This camp will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to the nature of the materials used.

Tween Summer Camps

July 18-20 12:30-5:30  Ages 13-14 $90

Whether you enjoy comic book art, Manga, cartoons, the art of Disney, or you just love the art of illustration, this camp is for you! During this three day camp we’ll learn about what makes a character strong, how to tell a story through a single image as well as through a comic book layout. By the end of this camp you will have created and illustrated your own story.

Preschool Mini Makers

Mini Makers with Codi Byington

Saturdays (1st & 3rd) January 7-May 20

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

  • Jan 7: Art in Space!
  • Jan 21: Passport to Fun
  • Feb 4: Safari
  • Feb 18: Matisse Papercuts
  • Mar 4: Picasso Party
  • Mar 18: Under the Sea
  • Apr 1: Once upon a Time…
  • Apr 22: Imagination Station
  • May 6: Donut Stop Believin’!
  • May 20: Color Explosion

Coloring Book Club


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.

Memories in the Making

 George A SPIVA Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Thursdays, March 2-May 25, 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.

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.”