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
Memories in the Making®
Thursdays |March 6–May 29| 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.
Tie Dye Saturday
Dates: - Aug 16 2014 - Aug 16 2014
Cost: $5 per t-shirt
Category: Fiber Art
Tie Dye Saturday
Saturday | August 16 |11am-2pm | Ages: ALL | Cost: $5 per t-shirt
Looking for some family fun? Come on down for our Tie Dye Saturday! You supply the
t-shirt and we supply the rest! Don’t miss the fun!
Dates: - Aug 22 2014 - Aug 23 2014
Ages: Adults, teens welcome
Instructor: Jane McCaulley
Mosaic Letters with Jane McCaulley
Friday eve & Saturday morn | August 22 & 23 | Friday 6-8:30pm & Saturday 11am-12pm Ages: Adults, teens welcome | Cost: $30
This two-day class will teach the skills required to create mosaic masterpieces. Jane McCaulley, glass artist/mosaic specialist and teacher, will instruct students on how to make a mosaic letter to display in your house or to give as a gift.
Closed-toe shoes must be worn.
Dates: - Sep 2 2014 - Dec 16 2014
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: 10-11 am
Instructor: Karalee McDonald
Category: Preschool Art
Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Karalee McDonald
Wednesdays | September 3 – December 17 (No class on Nov 26)| 10-11 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.
Dates: - Sep 4 2014 - Dec 18 2014
Instructor: Jordan Murdock
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.