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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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Creation Station

Tuesdays, January 15 – May 14, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-11, with Sandra Conrad Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

Vet Art

Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7:30pm

Classes

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Screen Printing with Sarah Serio

Saturday, May 18, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $30

With no chemicals, no dry time, this class will teach you some quick and dirty tips and tricks to get you screen printing in no time! Come with a simple design in mind; a tote bag will be provided.

Beginning Jewelry with Melissa Davenport

Saturday, May 25, 10:30am – 3pm, Ages: 15 and up

Cost: $40

Participants will enjoy making their own custom jewelry using copper, beads, and more.

Fabric Painting with Brooks-Elizabeth Billings

Saturday, June 1, 10am – 12pm, Ages 13 to Adult

Cost: $30

Participants will learn to use the paste resist technique to create their own unique textile!

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, June 8, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

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

Nailed It! Mosaics with Amy Mullins

Saturday, June 15, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $30

Don’t be a Pinterest fail! In this class, you’ll learn a simple DIY way of making decorative mosaic platters perfect for displaying whatever your creative little heart desires!

Intro to Oil Painting, Part I with Veronica Pickett

Saturday, June 22 & 29, 1 – 3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $60

In this two-part series, artist Veronica Pickett will walk participants through a base coat of form and value structure as they start their own landscape oil painting, with participants returning to add additional layers and detail.

Bob Ross Paint-a-Long

Saturday, July 13, 1pm-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $30

Pay tribute to Bob Ross and paint happy little trees in our Main Gallery! One of the icon’s videos will playing, allowing you to follow along with this legend. As always, supplies and easels provided!

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, July 20, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

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

The Art of Charcoal with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, July 27 10am – 12pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

Learn about value, form, shading, and more as Sandra teaches you the ins and outs of this timeless medium.

Resin Jewelry with Jade Henning

Saturday, July 27, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $35

Create elegant statement-piece jewelry with natural elements while learning the basics of resin pouring.

Pinch Pots with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, August 3, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 10 to Adult

Cost: $30

This ancient art form will be a delight to learn! Participants will create their own pinched pottery art to take home and enjoy for years to come!

All About Watercolor with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, August 10, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $20

Learn all about the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Sandra will teach you techniques to bring your skills to the next level.

Nailed It! Pulled String Art with Mary Parks

Saturday, August 17, 1 – 3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $35

Don’t be a Pinterest Fail! Mary Parks will show you the professional way to create majestic blossoms made with acrylic paint and string. Each participant will create their own 12×12 masterpiece.

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, August 24, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

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

Plein Air Watercolor with Veronica Pickett

Saturday, August 31, 10 – 12pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Meet at Spiva to gather supplies, then take a short walk to Spiva Park for a lovely morning of En Plain Air watercolor painting!

Nailed It! Acrylic Pour with Samantha Brotherton

Saturday, September 7, 1 – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult

Cost: $40

Don’t be a Pinterest Fail! Instead of pouring paint all willy-nilly, learn the right way to do an acrylic pour worthy of hanging on your wall!

Family Fun with Mixed Media with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, September 14, 1 – 3pm, All Ages

Cost: $25 per family

Come create a collaborative art piece with your family! Each family group will work together and take home one beautiful mixed media mobile. Make art. Make memories.

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

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

Cost: $20

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

Photo Walk with Lola Nelson

Saturday, September 28, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $20

Gear up for PhotoSpiva 2020 by going on a photo walk downtown! Published photographer and PhotoSpiva veteran, Lola Nelson, will lead the way while talking about composition, lighting, and more.

STEAM Camp with Sarah Serio

June 4-6, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 6-12

Cost: $100

Students will have a blast merging art, science, and more while building their own pinball machines, multilevel dioramas, and so much more in the theme of their choice!

Art Through Time Camp with Sandra Conrad

June 18-20, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 6-12

Cost: $100

Journey around the world and through time! Students will discover art throughout the ages and multiple cultures while creating their own art along the way.

Glass Camp with Jane McCaulley

June 25-27, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 9-13

Cost: $100

Discover the exciting world of fused glass! Students will make glass treasures to take home and enjoy for years to come! Please wear close-toed shoes to this unique camp.

Yoga & Art Camp with Kara Patterson

July 9 & 10, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 6-12

Cost: $100

Discover the power of art and yoga! Students will learn basic yoga poses and breathing exercises while using art to foster mindfulness and creativity.

Printmaking with Sarah Serio

July 16-18, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 6-12

Cost: $100

Have you ever wanted to print your own shirts, bags, and more? This camp will teach traditional and non-traditional printing methods of relief printing that will push the boundaries of the medium- allowing students to explore their own designs!

Drawing Camp with Sandra Conrad

July 23-25, 12pm – 5pm, Ages 6-12

Cost: $100

You can’t become a great artist if you don’t know the fundamental art of drawing! This camp will focus on teaching the foundation of the medium and explore other mediums as they relate to drawing, including painting, costume making, and more!

Animal & Art Camp with Amy Mullins

June 25-27, 10am – 11:30am, Ages 3-5

Cost: $45

Animal adventures abound in this fun camp for your littlest artists! By land, air, and sea, creativity will flourish with themed projects done daily!

Fairytale Camp with Amy Mullins

July 23-25, 10am – 11:30am, Ages 3-5

Cost: $45

Calling all knights, dragons, and princesses! Little ones will have a blast using their imaginations to create fantastical art!

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