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George A 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.

Spiva Art Lab

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Refund Policy

It is strongly recommended to pre-register for classes! Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. In the event of cancellation, participants will be contacted and a refund given.

If you need to cancel your registration, 24-hour notice must be given in order to receive a full refund. 

Military Discount

Spiva offers 10% off classes to military veterans and active duty service members! To receive your discount code, call Spiva at 417-623-0183.

Creation Station

Tuesdays, August 27 – May 12, 2020

3:45-5:15pm, ages 6-11, with Sandra Conrad

Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

Classes

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, January 25, 1 – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult

Cost: $30

Interested in learning how to paint, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting while painting their own bird-themed masterpiece to take home.

Glass Lanterns with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, January 25, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $35

Join us for another unique glass class! Gass artist Jane McCaulley will lead students in creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind lantern!

Charcoal Portraits with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, February 1, 1 pm – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Do you think drawing realistic portraits is difficult, if not impossible? Think again! Bring a photo of someone you want to immortalize with charcoal, and Sandra will show you how to create those portraits with confidence!

Love Potion: Perfume with Angela Harris

Saturday, February 8, 11 am – 1pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $35

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner- what better way to get int he spirit than by mixing up your very own “love potion?” Students will choose from 3 fragrances (essential or fragrance oil) and learn how to mix their own natural perfume!

PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop

PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop with Lola Nelson

Saturday, February 8, 1-3pm, Ages: 6 to 10

Cost: $50

Students will learn all about photography as an art form, from design principals, composition, lighting, and more! Cameras are provided to the students to take home to create their own photographic art- some of which will be on display during the month of March in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery! Artist’s reception and awards ceremony will take place at a later date!

Shooting with Film with Ashley Eriksen

Shooting with Film with Ashley Eriksen

Saturday, February 15, 10 am – 12 pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $30

In this digital age, film cameras can seem incredibly intimidating- which is why award-winning photographer Ashley Erikson is teaching this class on the ins and outs of shooting with film. Bring your favorite analog camera and your creativity! And be sure to check out the two-day developing and printing workshop that will follow!

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, February 15, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills.

Film Developing & Printing Workshop with Ashley Eriksen

Film Developing & Printing Workshop with Ashley Eriksen

Saturday, February 22, 12pm – 4pm,

Saturday, February 29, 10am – 3pm

Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $175

This two-day workshop will take students through the entire process of film developing and printing. Students will learn how to develop their film to negatives, and the next week, how to develop prints from those negatives. This is a full immersive learning experience for photography enthusiasts. All supplies are provided, but this workshop is limited to four students to ensure the best teaching environment!

Oil Painting for Beginners with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, February 22, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $35

Oil painting can be extremely daunting to learn, which is why artist Sandra Conrad will be breaking it down in a way that everyone can understand. Students will learn the fundamentals of oil painting and take home their own masterpiece!

Paint Pouring Boot Camp with Mary Parks

Saturday, February 29, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $35

Leap into Spring with this colorful class that will teach you the fundamentals and various techniques of acrylic pouring! Participants will take home their own creative creations!

 

PhotoSpiva Tweens Workshop

PhotoSpiva Tweens Workshop with Lola Nelson

Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm, Ages: 11 to 15

Cost: $50

Students will learn all about photography as an art form, from design principals, composition, lighting, and more, followed by a photo walk downtown! Cameras are provided to the students to take home to create their own photographic art- some of which will be on display during the month of April in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery! Artist reception and awards ceremony will take place at a later date!

 

Polymer Clay Satement Pendants with Jade Henning-Cantrell

Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $35

Learn the dos and don’ts of polymer clay while creating a chic and elegant addition to your jewelry box!

 

*photo by Two Boss Beads

Advanced Acrylic Painting with Sandra Conrad

Advanced Acrylic Painting with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, March 14, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $30

Ready to advance your painting skills? Level up with this class designed to challenge and inspire acrylic painters everywhere! 

Young Author Camp with Amy Mullins

Young Author Camp with Amy Mullins

March 17-19, 10am – 11:30am, Ages: 5-9

Cost: $50

Encourage the power of reading and art with this exciting story-making camp! Kids will write, illustrate, and bind their own personal stories, creating something completely unique to them that they can cherish for a lifetime!

Spring Break Extravaganza with Sarah Serio

March 17-19, 12-5pm, Ages: 8-14

Cost: $75

Explore painting, printmaking, and drawing! Campers will open their creative minds and explore various art mediums while they transform into a superhero of their own creation, learn about the world of comic book art, and try their hand at pop art style super props! Art, games, and fun for Spring Break!

Beginner's Guide to Watercolor with Roxenne Kendall

Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Want to learn how to create gorgeous watercolor paintings but unsure where to start? This class is the perfect solution! Come learn the fundamentals of watercolor while creating your own galaxy scene to home!

Pyrography: The Art of Wood Burning with Roxenne Kendall

Saturday, March 21, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $40

Learn all about the art of wood burning! Students will make their own Mandala design on Baltic Birch Panel. 

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, March 21, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills.

Art & Yoga with Kara Patterson

Saturday, March 28, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 6 to 12

Cost: $15

It’s a spring-time celebration with art and yoga; learn spring and animal-themed yoga poses and create leaf and flower print mandalas. Celebrate and learn about the connection of art, yoga, and nature!

Planter Paintings with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, March 28, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

Celebrate spring by combining art and nature! Students will create lovely paintings on flower planters that will be provided by Spiva. 

Fine Art Printmaking with Sarah Serio

Saturday, March 28 and April 4, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $45

This two-part class will take a deep dive into printmaking as an art form. The first class will focus on designing and carving your art, while the second will cover printing methods, actual printing, and editions. Both classes are included in the price. 

Glass Garden Stakes with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, April 4, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Participants will make an adorable glass garden stake to brighten up their gardens!

Mimosas & Macrame with Samantha Brotherton

Saturday, April 4, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 21 and up

Cost: $35

Students will enjoy a morning of learning to macrame a hanging planter holder while sipping on springy mimosas! 

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, April 18, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills.

Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson

Saturday, April 25, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 21 and up

Cost: $35

Learn all about the process of marbling while you sip on mimosas and make your own marbled silk scarf!

Advanced Oil Painting with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, April 25, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $35

You’ve got the basics of oil painting down now it’s time to up your game. Learn more advanced oil painting techniques and take home your own work of art!

Comic Book Art with Sarah Serio

Saturday, May 2, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 11 to 16

Cost: $20

Manga and comic lovers rejoice! This class will teach the fundamentals of creating your own comic book!

Mother Daughter Pendants with Jade Henning-Cantrell

Saturday, May 9, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $35

Spend this Mother’s Day creating beautiful works of resin jewelry together. Bring small sentimental items (dried flowers, fabric, etc.) to encase and make pieces that will be treasured forever.

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, May 16, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills.

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