Spiva Classes

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. Spiva’s educational programs take place in our galleries, in the classrooms and sometimes in the streets!

To secure a spot in any of our classes, registration and payment must be made. Download our Class Registration Form here and mail/fax to Spiva or you may register over the phone (417.623.0183) or in person. Online registration is in the works...

Educational and Youth Programs

Education is a major component of our mission statement at Spiva. Our children's program presents opportunities for creative experience for youth of all ages.

Young Artists Studio

Our core program for children grades K through 9 explores the methods and techniques used by the artists who are exhibiting in our main gallery.

Programs For Teens

Teens work with a professional artist to develop art for the community. Learning the design process in five week programs, participants analyze, design, and implement a project. Past projects include a mural on a local bridge and a graphic design project for the Northpark Mall's twenty-fifth anniversary. We work tirelessly in building new and exciting summer and after school programs for our community kids.

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Memories in the Making™

Dates: - Mar 6 2014 - May 29 2014

Time: 10 am- 12 noon

Cost: FREE

Ages: Adult


Category: Painting


Memories in the Making™  
Thursdays |Sept. 4 – Nov. 20 | 10am–12pm
An art experience centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss.There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary.Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. The Series is supported in part by a grant from the Jerry L. Berkstresser Memorial Fund.
For more details, call 800.272.3900.

Creation Station

Dates: - Sep 2 2014 - Dec 16 2014

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $5/class

Ages: 6-12


Category: Variety

Subject: Variety

Tuesdays, September 2 – December 16 (No class on Nov 25)
Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Please preregister.
Space is limited for this popular class.

Preschooler and Pal Art Class

Dates: - Sep 3 2014 - Dec 17 2014

Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Cost: $5/class

Ages: 3-5

Instructor: Karalee McDonald

Category: Preschool Art

Subject: art

Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Karalee McDonald
Wednesdays | September 3 – December 17 (No class on Nov 26)| 10:30-11:30 am | Ages: 3-5 
Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited so register early.

Young Painter

Dates: - Sep 4 2014 - Dec 18 2014

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $10/class

Ages: 6+

Instructor: Jordan Murdock

Category: Painting

Subject: Painting

Young Painter with Jordan Murdock
Thursdays | September 4 – December 18 (No class on Nov 27)
3:45-5:15pm | Ages: 6+ | Cost: $10/class
Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, they will love this class! Artist and teacher Jordan Murdock teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class.

Art Lounge

Dates: - Sep 15 2014 - Nov 10 2014

Time: 5-8pm

Cost: $99 for 9-week session

Ages: 14-18

Instructor: Fred Mintert

Category: Variety

Subject: Fine Art

Art Lounge with Fred Mintert
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joplin
Mondays | Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 | 5-8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $99 for nine weeks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down
For teens who need and want a little more art in their lives!
Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. Explore the studio of a local artist to gain inspiration and insight. Learn the basics of creating a blog to showcase your work and inspire others. Find out what it really takes to get into a college art program and succeed. Check out for a taste! Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available.

Anime with Amber Baker

Dates: - Nov 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014

Time: 11am-1pm

Cost: $25

Ages: 12-18

Instructor: Amber Baker

Category: Drawing

Subject: Drawing

Anime with Amber Baker
Saturdays | Nov. 1 & Dec. 6 | 11am-1pm
Ages: 12-18 | Cost: $25
Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline, and background.