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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.

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.

Recycling Adventures Art Camp

March 20-24, 12:00-3:00 pm, ages 6-12

Cost: $35

Looking for something fun to do during spring break? Join teachign artist Sarah Serio on an adventure in green art and visual story telling! We will spend the week making masterpieces from a treasure trove of recyclable objects and learning fun, sustainable habits that keep us and our neighborhoods healthy!


Pysanky Eggs for the Beginner

Saturday, April 1, 10:00-1:00 pm, ages 13 & up, with Carolyn Trout

Cost: $35

Learn from a master! This ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in minature. Art can be messy! Attendees should dress for painting. This program will be held off-site. Call Spiva for more information.

*Limited to 6 students

Pysanky Eggs for the Advanced

Saturday, April 1, 2:00-5:00 pm, ages 13 & up, with Carolyn Trout

Cost: $35

Further exploration into this fascinating art form! This session is for returning students who want to expand on their knowledge. Art can be messy! Attendees should dress for painting. This program will be held off-site. Call Spiva for more information.

*Limited to 6 students

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 paint marbling and have the opportunity to dye an 8″x 72″ scarf.


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, 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.”