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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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Vet Art

In conjunction with Compass Quest and the Veteran Integration Program at Freeman Health System, Spiva is proud to offer this monthly art class for veterans and their families.

What you need to know:

  • Classes are on the first Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm
  • No art experience is necessary and all supplies are provided
  • Preregistration is required
  • If cost is a barrier, contact Spiva (417-623-0183) or Compass Quest (417-438-8387) for a scholarship discount code

Class Information:

March 1st, 1-3pm

Join Sandra Pemberton in this all-ages class focused on veterans. Participants will be working with air dry clay on a beginner’s project that provides a relaxing sensory experience.

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

Creation Station with Stacey Heydt | Tuesdays,September through May

Ages: 6-12

Cost: $6 preregistration/ $8 at the door

Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and more!  Kids will have a snack and explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities as well.  Pre-registration is recommended – space is limited in this popular class! No class November 22nd. 



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Spring Break Camp

Sew Cool Textiles Camp with Stacy Heydt | March 21 – 23, 12 – 4 p.m.

Ages: 6-11

Cost: $75

Kids will have a blast learning hand embroidery and basic sewing skills and will make their own bracelets, stuffed pocket pals, and coin bags!

Spring Break Camp

Crafting Comics & Manga: Story Building Blocks with Aidan-Avalon Aldrighetti | March 21 – 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ages: 12-17

Cost: $50

This camp will cover the basics of comic/manga creation – from designing fun characters, developing worlds, and narrative conflict, to putting everything together through visual storytelling and culminating in creating a short comic! Let this be a stepping stone towards crafting your own original stories!

Mural Workshop with Sandra Pemberton

Mural Workshop with Sandra Pemberton | April 2nd, 10am -5pm

Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $100 per person or $175 for two people

Join national muralist, Sandra Pemberton, in painting two murals on Spiva’s classroom walls! Sandra will teach you the fundamentals of mural painting and then participants will collaborate and paint Rosie the Riveter and Hakusai’s Great Wave. Lunch and supplies are provided. You don’t want to miss out on this awesome opportunity!

Mimosas and Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson

Mimosas and Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson | Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ages: 21 and up

Cost: $35

Spring isn’t spring without a one-of-a-kind marbled, silk scarf! Participants will learn the art of marbling while sipping on mimosas and take home their own spring scarf.

Textile Printmaking with Jade Henning-Cantrell

Textile Printmaking with Jade Henning-Cantrell | Saturday, May 6, 12 – 2 p.m.

Ages: 10 to Adult

Cost: $35

Learn the joy of printmaking using found objects for ready-made textures! We’ll be printing gorgeous designs onto canvas bags that you can use again and again.

“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”