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® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays |March 5 Nov. 19 | 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.
Dates: - Jan 13 2015 - May 12 2015
Tuesdays, January 13 - May 12 (No class on March 17)
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.
Dates: - Jan 15 2015 - May 14 2015
Instructor: Jordan Murdock
Young Painter with Jordan Murdock
Thursdays | January 15 - May 14 (No class on March 19)
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.
Preschooler and Pal Art Class
Dates: Wednesdays - Mar 4 2015 - May 15 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Instructor: Lindsay Bowers
Category: Preschool Art
Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Lindsay Bowers
Wednesdays | March 4 – May 13| 10:30-11:30am | Ages: 3-5 Cost: $5/class
Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture to build creativity through stories and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students,
so register early
Dates: - Mar 23 2015 - May 11 2015
Cost: $99 for 9-week session
Instructor: Fred & Amber Mintert
Mondays | March 23 – May 11 | 5-8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $99
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 the Art Lounge Tumblr site: http://artloungestuff.tumblr.com/ for a taste! Class fee Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Joplin and Wal-Mart #79.
Optional Payment Plan: $30 down and $10 a week for seven weeks.
Anime with Amber Baker
Dates: - Apr 4 2015 - May 2 2015
Instructor: Amber Baker
Anime with Amber Baker
Saturdays | May 2 & June 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, story line, and background.
FREE Family Art Day
Dates: Saturday, April 18 - Apr 18 2015 - Apr 18 2015
FREE Family Art Day
Saturday | April 18 | 11am-2pm |Ages: ALL | Cost: FREE
Use your imagination to help create a bright, shining, super-secret collaborative project that will be unveiled at the St. Avips Ball! Make a little spin art to take home, too. Fun for the whole family!
Fused Glass Mother's Day Bonanza
Dates: Saturday, April 2518 - Apr 18 2015 - Apr 18 2015
Instructor: Jane McCaulley
Category: Fused Glass
Subject: Fused Glass
Fused Glass Mother’s Day Bonanza
with Jane McCaulley
Saturday | April 18 | 11am-1pm | Ages: 9-Adult
Looking for a truly unique and beautiful present for your truly unique and beautiful mom? Or, how about spending an artful afternoon with your mom that’s a gift for you both? Jane McCaulley makes fused glass fun, and has many wonderful ideas to make that special mom in your life smile. We provide all the materials for you to learn the techniques of fused glass. Jane will take your handmade creation home to fire in her kiln and return the finished treasure in time for Mother’s Day. Sign up early: these classes are popular! And remember: wear close-toed shoes to class.