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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.

Creation Station 

Tuesdays, August 28 – May 14, 3:45-5:00pm, ages 6-11, with Sandra Conrad

Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.

Mini Makers 

Saturdays, September 1 – May 11, 10:30-11:30am, ages 3-5, with Amy Mullins

Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child.


Upcycled Hats with Brenda Hayes

Saturday, November 17, 1-3pm

Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

Create your own fun & funky hand-stitched sweater hat!

Sketchbook Binding with Sarah Serio

Saturday, November 17, 1-3pm

Ages 12 to Adult

Cost: $30

New and seasoned artists will have a blast making and binding their own sketchbook!

Watercolor Holiday Cards with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, December 1, 11am-1pm

Ages 12 to Adult

Cost: $20

Make your holiday cards extra special this year by making your own with watercolor!

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, December 8, 2-4pm

Ages 9 to Adult

Cost: $40

It’s the holiday season, so what better way to get started than making your own glass ornaments?

Printmaking Luminaries with Sarah Serio

Saturday, December 8, 1-3pm

All ages

Cost: $25 per project

Let the light shine this winter by creating your own unique set of luminaries. Starting with carving your own creation into a lino block and then printing the design by hand.



Vet Art Classes

These classes are open to all veterans and active military members.

Wood Carving

Thursday, December 6, 6-8pm

No cost

Join veteran Charles Hood and wife Theresa Hood as they teach you to make your own hand-carved wooden ornament. Tools provided.

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