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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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.
Spiva offers 10% off classes to military veterans and active duty service members! To receive your discount code, call Spiva at 417-623-0183.
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Saturday, January 25, 1 – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult
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.
Saturday, January 25, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
Join us for another unique glass class! Gass artist Jane McCaulley will lead students in creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind lantern!
Saturday, February 1, 1 pm – 3pm, Ages 13 to Adult
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!
Saturday, February 8, 11 am – 1pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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 with Lola Nelson
Saturday, February 8, 1-3pm, Ages: 6 to 10
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
Saturday, February 15, 10 am – 12 pm, Ages: 15 to Adult
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!
Film Developing & Printing Workshop with Ashley Eriksen
Saturday, February 22, 12pm – 4pm,
Saturday, February 29, 10am – 3pm
Ages: 15 to Adult
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!
Saturday, February 22, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult
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!
Saturday, February 29, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult
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 with Lola Nelson
Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm, Ages: 11 to 15
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!
Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult
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
Saturday, March 14, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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
March 17-19, 10am – 11:30am, Ages: 5-9
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!
March 17-19, 12-5pm, Ages: 8-14
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!
Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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!
Saturday, March 21, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult
Learn all about the art of wood burning! Students will make their own Mandala design on Baltic Birch Panel.
Saturday, March 28, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 6 to 12
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!
Saturday, March 28, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult
Celebrate spring by combining art and nature! Students will create lovely paintings on flower planters that will be provided by Spiva.
Saturday, March 28 and April 4, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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.
Saturday, April 4, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 21 and up
Students will enjoy a morning of learning to macrame a hanging planter holder while sipping on springy mimosas!
Saturday, April 25, 10am – 12pm, Ages: 21 and up
Learn all about the process of marbling while you sip on mimosas and make your own marbled silk scarf!
Saturday, April 25, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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!
Saturday, May 9, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult
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.
“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”