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.

Memories in the Making™

Dates: - -

Time: 10 am- 12 noon

Cost: FREE

Ages: Adult


Category: Painting


Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays | 10am–12pm
No charge for this class
An art experience based on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s
Association, Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. For more information, call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter, 417.886.2199.

Anime with Amber Baker

Dates: - Aug 1 2015 - Sep 5 2015

Time: 11am-1pm

Cost: $25

Ages: 12-18

Instructor: Amber Baker

Category: Drawing

Subject: Drawing

Anime with Amber Baker
Saturdays | August 1 & September 5| 11am-1pm
Ages: 12-18 | Cost: $27
Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, story line, and background.

Creation Station

Dates: Tuesdays - Aug 11 2015 - Dec 8 2015

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $6

Ages: 6-12


Category: Craft


Tuesdays | Aug. 11 – Dec.8, NO CLASS Nov. 24 | 3:45-5:15pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $6/class
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 pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class.

Preschooler and Pal Art Class

Dates: Wednesday mornings - Aug 12 2015 - Dec 9 2015

Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Cost: $6

Ages: 3-5

Instructor: Lindsay Bowers

Category: Preschool Art


Preschooler and Pal Art Class with LindsayBowers

Wednesdays | Aug. 12 – Dec. 9, NO CLASS Nov. 25| 10:30-11:30am | Ages: 3-5 | Cost: $6/class

Share art with your very youngartist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Buildtheir creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Spaceis limited to eight students, so register early.


Young Painter

Dates: Thursdays - Aug 13 2015 - Dec 10 2015

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $11

Ages: 6-12

Instructor: Amber Mintert

Category: Painting


Young Painter with Amber Mintert

Thursdays | Aug. 13 – Dec.10, NO CLASS Nov. 26 | 3:45-5:15pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $11/class

Doesyour child want to learn to paint? If so, he/she will love this painting class.Artist and teacher Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control,broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. 

Clay Dog

Dates: Saturdays, August 29 & September 5, 2015 - Aug 29 2015 - Sep 5 2015

Time: 11am-1pm

Cost: $27

Ages: 6-12

Instructor: Lacey Santillan

Category: Clay

Subject: Clay

Clay Dog withLacey Santillan

Saturdays | Aug. 29 from 11am-1pm & Sept. 5 from11am-12pm| Age: 6-12| Cost: $27

Makeyour very own clay dog, inspired by the Black Dog from our current exhibit PamDenniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home IsWhere the ‘Art Is. Students will learn how to roll the clay out into a slab and then cutand shape their slab into a cleverly cute dog; use some unlikely tools toembellish their new pup; and return the following Saturday to add the finaltouch using their painterly skills. 

Girls Night Out - Cupcakes and Crafts

Dates: Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Sep 12 2015 - Sep 12 2015

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $30

Ages: Adult

Instructor: Karalee McDonald

Category: Craft

Subject: Silk Painting

Girls Night Out – Cupcakes and Crafts with Karalee McDonald 
Saturday | Sept. 12 | 7-9pm | Age: Adult |Cost: $30
What could be better than cupcakes and crafts? Join us for a girls night out. We will learn to paint on silk! Price includes all art supplies and a beverage (coffee,milk in a frosted mug, Fiji water, soda) and your choice of a treat from the display case. To check out the project go to Spiva’s Facebook page and look under the events tab. Class size is limited to 15, so register early to reserve your space.

Art Lounge

Dates: Monday Evenings - Sep 21 2015 - Nov 16 2015

Time: 5-8pm

Cost: $105

Ages: 14-18

Instructor: Fred and Amber Mintert

Category: Variety

Subject: Teens

Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert

Mondays | Sept. 21 -Nov. 16 |5-8pm |Ages: 14-18 |Cost $105 for nine weeks; payment planavailable with minimum $30 down

For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or justdon’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is anamazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio.Explore the studio of a local artist to gain inspiration and insight. Learn thebasics of creating a blog to showcase your work and inspire others. Find outwhat it really takes to get into a college art program and succeed. Check outthe Art Lounge Tumblr site: for a taste!Class fee Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. 

Origami Wearable Art

Dates: Saturday, September 26 - Sep 26 2015 - Sep 26 2015

Time: 1-3 pm

Cost: $16

Ages: 10 - Adult

Instructor: Sid Melton

Category: Origami

Subject: Origami

OrigamiWearable Art with SidMelton
Saturday | Sept. 26 |1-3pm | Ages: 10-Adult | Cost: $16
ArtistSid Melton shares all the tips and tricks to creating amazing origami. Learnhow to use this ancient craft to create memorable pieces to add to your origamiwardrobe. Be sure to check out our incredible exhibit of wearable art showingin the Main Gallery from September 19 – November 1, 2015.