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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.

PLEASE EMAIL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION TO [email protected]

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

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. 

 

Classes

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Clay Sculptures with Stacy Heydt

Clay Sculptures with Stacy Heydt | September 10th, 10am -12pm

Ages: 6 to 11

Cost: $25

Kids will love making fall-themed sculptures in this fun class. Snacks, supplies, and fun are provided!

 

Intro to Digital Photography with Sarah Clements

Intro to Digital Photography with Sarah Clements | Saturday, October 1st, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Join Sarah Clements, award-winning photographer and MSSU photography professor, in this jump-start into photography. Sarah will teach the basics of shooting in manual mode, composition, lighting, and more. Students will need to bring a digital camera and will be taking a photo journey around downtown Joplin.

Photoshop Basics with Sarah Clements

Photoshop Basics with Sarah Clements | Saturday, October 1st, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Photoshop doesn’t have to be daunting! Professional photographer, Sarah Clements, will guide students through basic Photoshop functions. Students will learn how to edit a photograph from start to finish – just in time to enter PhotoSpiva, Spiva’s annual photography competition. Please bring a device with Photoshop and/or something to take notes with. A free trial can be found at www.adobe.com.

Homemade Halloween Journals with Brenda Hayes

Homemade Halloween Journals with Brenda Hayes | Saturday, October 15th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $35

What better way to celebrate spooky season than by making your own homemade Halloween journal? We provide the supplies, artist Brenda Hayes provides the instruction, and you provide the creativity. This is our last class at the Cosgrove building!

 

Charcoal Keepsakes with Sandra Pemberton

Charcoal Keepsakes with Sandra Pemberton | Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $25

Sandra Pemberton is back to teach charcoal art for this one-time class! Participants will learn various charcoal drawing techniques and make their own unique design on wood. After being coated for preservation, students will take home their finished art and an easel for a beautiful display.

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley | Saturday, November 19th, 3 – 5 p.m.

Ages: 8 to Adult

Cost: $35

Create a beautiful fused-glass ornament perfect for the upcoming holiday season! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll have a blast in this popular class.

Printmaking Wrapping Paper with Ela Hosp

Printmaking Wrapping Paper with Ela Hosp | Saturday, December 3rd, 2 – 4 p.m.

Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $30

Double up on your gift-giving this season by making your own custom wrapping paper! Ela Hosp will be teaching participants the printmaking process and students will take home several sheets of their own holiday paper to wrap gifts or to keep for themselves.

Intro to Encaustics with Jodie Sutton

Intro to Encaustics with Jodie Sutton | Saturday, December 3rd, 1 – 3 p.m.

Ages: 16 to Adult

Cost: $40

Are you curious about the ancient technique of encaustic painting? In this fun beginner class, you will learn how to paint with beeswax and resin, also known as encaustics. We will explore how to prepare your wood panels, fuse, add color, and build up texture on your work. Participants will take home their own encaustic creation.

Collage Accessories with Jill Halbach

Collage Accessories with Jill Halbach | Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 14 and up

Cost: $25

Do you like collages and accessorizing? So does Jill Halbach Sullivan, especially when made of paper and wood. Join her for a hands-on class where you will make either a brooch, bolo, or pendant using magazines, paper, wood, and more!

Vintage Upcycled Snowmen with Brenda Hayes

Vintage Upcycled Snowmen with Brenda Hayes | Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 14 to Adult

Cost: $35

These adorable snowmen are made with the most unique vintage materials that have been carefully collected over time and will make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor. Don’t miss this fun class, register now as space is limited!

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley | Saturday, December 10th, 3 – 5 p.m.

Ages: 8 to Adult

Cost: $35

Did you miss out on the last glass class with Jane? Worry not, because you have another chance to create a beautiful fused-glass ornament perfect for the upcoming holiday season! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll have a blast in this popular class.

Snowflake Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning-Cantrell

Snowflake Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning-Cantrell | Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $35

Jade is back with another resin class that is sure to delight. Participants will make stunning resin ornaments using beautiful accouterments – making the perfect holiday keepsake to enjoy for years to come.

Fall Classes Coming Soon!

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