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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

Cost: $45/session (four weeks)

This great teen art scene is back with a new twist! Each month we will be exploring new art forms, theories, and techniques! Art Lounge is a place for creative peers to come and explore creative passions, buff up portfolios, and dream about what role the arts will play in the future! Register for any or all of our four week sessions. Enrollment includes the Art Lounge Spring 2017 exhibition and a trip to Crystal Bridges in April. A light snack is included each week.

  • February 6-27: Mixed Media
  • March 6-27: Focus
  • April 3-24: Create like a Pro
  • May 1-22: Stories and Sculpture

Young Artist Studio 

Tuesdays, January 10-February 28, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 7-13

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 

Thursdays, January 12-May 25, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-12

Cost: $6 preregistration, $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.


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.

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 15: Imagination Station
  • May 6: Donut Stop Believin’!
  • May 20: Color Explosion

Coloring Book Club


Coloring Book Club

Saturday, January 14, February 11, March 11, 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.

Picturing Your Year

Picturing Your Year with Ann Leach

Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm

Cost: $10

Come set your goals and dream about the year in a fun and creative way! Vision boards meet collage meet doodling to create a picture of your life and work for 2017. Preregistration required.


Glass Heart Candy Dish

Saturday, February 4, 1-3pm

Make a classy seasonal decoration with Jane during this glass heart candy dish workshop! Make it for yourself, or wow someone special with this handmade gift perfect for Valentine’s Day! Preregistration required.

Cost: $35, with Jane McCaulley


Loving the Business of Art

Saturday, February 11, 1-4pm

Cost: $25

Calling all makers! Looking for some fresh ideas and new techniques, or just getting started with selling your work? Join us for this seminar! Participants will create a visual business plan for 2017 using markers, collage, found objects and paint. Preregistration required

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

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


PhotoSpiva Shutterbugs Workshop

Saturday, February 18, 10:30-11:30, ages 3-6

Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

This workshop is for your littlest photographers! Join Mini Makers teacher Codi Byington on a photo adventure that includes a scavenger hunt, collage crafting, and decorating frames! One photo from each shutterbug will be chosen to display in the Upstairs Gallery in March as part of the annual PhotoSpiva exhibition! Cameras provided.


PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop

Saturday, January 28th 10:00am-12:00pm, ages 7-13

Cost: $8, preregistration required

In conjunction with Spiva’s national photography competition, the PhotoSpiva Kids exhibit features the work of very young photographers. Fine art photographer Rachel Edgington teaches basic photography techniques to start the young photographers on their photo journeys. Each child will use one of Spiva’s digital cameras, and two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery in March 2017. Space is limited, so register early. Parents must stay with children for this class.


PhotoSpiva Teens Workshop

Saturday, February 18 and 25, 1-3pm, ages 14-17

Cost: $40, preregistration required

Join professional photographer, Mark Neuenschwander, in this two part workshop as he delves into composition, storytelling, and what makes a photo captivating. Teens will gain experience shooting photos utilizing the theory and techniques they have learned, and will have the opportunity to submit two photographs to display during the April 2017 PhotoSpiva exhibit. Participants are expected to bring a digital camera to work with. Space is limited, so register early.

Saturday, January 28th 10:00am-12:00pm, ages 7-13



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