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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.

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, September 5 -December 5, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-12, with Autumn Neuenschwander

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.

Young Artist Studio 

Tuesdays, September 12-November 7, 5:15-6:30 pm, ages 11-13. With Sarah Serio

No class week of 10/9/17.

Cost: $11 per session or 7 Week Session for $80

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. The semester will include visits to local galleries and visits from professional artists, the opportunity to work on individually focused art projects, and the chance to have fun with a community of fellow artists your own age! Pre-registration is required. (No class week of October 31).

Wand Making Workshop

Saturday, October 21, 9-12pm, with Cyndi Cogbill

Cost: $10, ages 7 and up

Are you still waiting on your letter to Hogwarts? Well, in the meantime, skip your trip to Olivander’s and come create your own unique wand! Whether your style is twig-like or sparkly, you will have a blast creating something magical with polymer clay, bamboo rods, paint, powders, molds, and more!

Gratitude Journals

Saturday, November 11, 10-12pm

Cost: $8, ages 11 and up

Join artist Ann Leach and professional bookbinder Olive Sullivan for a morning of reflection and creativity. During this workshop, participants will learn simple binding techniques and doodling methods to create a keepsake filled with memories, sayings, and expressions of gratefulness from the year.

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.

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 – November 16, 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.”