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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, August 27 – May 12, 3:45-5:15pm, ages 6-11, with Sandra Conrad Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door

Vet Art

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm.

August 10 & 24, 10:30am – 12pm

September 14 & 28, 10:30am – 12pm

October 12 & 26, 10:30am – 12pm

Classes

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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.

Clay Art: Jack O'Lantern Lights

Saturday, September 28, 1-4pm, Ages: 10 to Adult

Cost: $30

Polymer clay artist Cyndi Cogbill will lead students in creating mini Jack O’Lanterns and pumpkins that will be enjoyed for years to come! As always, supplies are provided.

Kinetic Storytelling: The Broad Strokes of Film

Saturday, October 5, 2pm – 4pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

Get ready for FilmSpiva: Halloween Edition with this creative workshop centered around establishing memorable and compelling stories through cinema.

Dive into Digital with Sarah Clements

Saturday, October 12, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Join photographer Sarah Clements as she demystifies digital photography! Students will learn the basics of shooting in manual mode in order to have total control over their craft. Bring your DSLR and something to take notes with!

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, October 12, 1pm – 3pm, Ages 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. Whether you’re just learning to draw the human form, or an advanced artist wanting to draw a live model, this is the class for you!

Art After Dark with Sandra Conrad

Art After Dark with Sandra Conrad

Friday, October 18, 6:30-8:30pm, Ages: 21 and up

Cost: $30

Get spooky at Spiva! This unique class will have participants imbibing “spirits” while painting a witchy living model by candlelight!

Mask Making with Sandra Conrad

Mask Making with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, October 19, 1-3pm, Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $30

Be prepared to awe and inspire this Halloween! Students will create their own mask using plaster and found objects.

Photoshop for Beginners with Sarah Clements

Photoshop for Beginners with Sarah Clements

Saturday, October 26, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Don’t be intimidated by Photoshop anymore! Learn the fundamentals of this program just in time for PhotoSpiva 2020. Bring your laptop to work along while you learn!

Glass Lanterns with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, October 26, 12:30-4:30pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $40

Create a beautiful fused glass 8-inch lantern perfect for illuminating the holiday season! Students will be able to choose between fall or winter designs or bring their own ideas!

 

Pointillism: Making Art with Dots with Sandra Conrad

Pointillism: Making Art with Dots with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, November 2, 1-3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $25

Join in and learn how to create art using this technique made popular in the 19th Century. Students will get a tour of the exhibit featuring abstract pointillist Catherine Kirkland and take home their own works of art.

 

The Power of Photoshop with Sarah Clements

Saturday, November 9, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $25

Take your photos to the next level by learning techniques such as color grading, dodging and burning, and so much more. This is a great way to prepare for entering PhotoSpiva 2020! Bring your laptop to work along as you learn!

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, November 9, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. Whether you’re just learning to draw the human form, or an advanced artist wanting to draw a live model, this is the class for you!

Acrylic Pour & Swipe with Mary Parks

Saturday, November 16, 1-3pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $35

Take part in this creative class where you will learn the FUNdamentals of acrylic paint pouring and the technique of swiping to create a unique piece of art!

Printmaking Holiday Cards with Sarah Serio

Saturday, November 23, 1-3pm, Ages: 10 to Adult

Cost: $35

Design and learn carving techniques and make your own set of 5 personalized holiday cards! Instructions to make your own at home will also be included.

Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley

Saturday, November 30, 2-4pm, Ages: 13 to Adult

Cost: $40

Create a beautiful fused glass ornament perfect for the holiday season! No matter your level of adventure, you are bound to enjoy a morning of art making with professional glass artist Jane McCaulley.

Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning

Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm, Ages: 12 to Adult

Cost: $35

Preserve small keepsakes or original designs of your own to hang on your tree for years to come with this fun and unique workshop.

Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad

Saturday, December 7, 1pm – 3pm, Ages: 15 to Adult

Cost: $20

A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. Whether you’re just learning to draw the human form, or an advanced artist wanting to draw a live model, this is the class for you!

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