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.

2016: Your Pleasing Palette for Goodness

Dates: - Jan 10 2016 - Jan 10 2016

Time: 2-5pm


Ages: 18+


Category: Variety


2016: Your Pleasing Palette for Goodness with Ann Leach
Sunday | January 10 | 2-5pm | Age: Adult |Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

Its vision board time!  Join facilitator Ann Leach for an afternoon of creating and mapping out your 2016 vision for work, life and love.  Ann will share her success tips for making your board a vibrant reflection of your 2016 desires, and she’ll show you how to go from wishing and hoping to creating and doing the actions necessary to ensure those desires come true.  Bring magazines to share and cut up as well as a piece of poster board for yourself.  Isn’t it time to receive even more of life’s goodness?  Let 2016 be the year you commit to living and loving life again. Join us for this fun time with new and old friends.

Art Lounge

Dates: Monday Evenings - Jan 11 2016 - Mar 7 2016

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Cost: $105

Ages: 14-18

Instructor: Fred and Amber Mintert

Category: Variety

Subject: Teens

Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert
Mondays | Jan. 11 - Mar. 7 | 4:30-7:30pm |Ages: 14-18 |Cost $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down

For teens! 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: for a taste! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. 

Creation Station

Dates: Tuesdays - Jan 12 2016 - May 17 2016

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $6

Ages: 6-12


Category: Craft


Creation Station with Autumn Neuenschwander
Tuesdays | Jan. 12 – May 17 | 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. Note:
No class March 23

Young Painter

Dates: Thursdays - Jan 14 2016 - May 19 2016

Time: 3:45-5:15pm

Cost: $11

Ages: 6-12

Instructor: Amber Mintert

Category: Painting


Young Painter with Amber Mintert
Thursdays | Jan. 14 – May 19 | 3:45-5:15pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $11/class

Does your 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. Note: No class March 24

PhotoSpiva Kids

Dates: - Jan 16 2016 - Jan 16 2016

Time: 11am-12pm

Cost: $25

Ages: 4-8

Instructor: Tricia Courtney

Category: Photography


PhotoSpiva Kids Kick-off Class with Tricia Courtney
Saturday | January 16 | 11am-12 pm | Ages: 4-8 | Cost: $25

In conjunction with Spiva’s national photography competition, the PhotoSpiva Kids exhibit features the work of very young photographers. Students use one of Spiva's digital cameras to learn basic photography techniques to start them on their photo journeys. Two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery during March 2016. Space is limited, so register early. Parents must stay with children for this class. Sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence.


Triple Glass Hearts

Dates: - Jan 30 2016 - Jan 30 2016

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $30

Ages: 9-Adult

Instructor: Jane McCaulley

Category: Fused Glass


Triple Glass Hearts with Jane McCaulley
Saturday | January 30 | 2-4pm | Ages: 9-Adult| Cost: $30

Glass artist/teacher Jane McCaulley teaches how to create three beautiful glass hearts using three different techniques: engraving, painting, and using frit. These hearts are perfect for the ones you love for Valentine’s Day! This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and feel free to bring your own safety glasses and dremel or use ours.

PhotoSpiva Tweens

Dates: Saturday - Feb 6 2016 - Feb 13 2016

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Cost: $40

Ages: 9-13

Instructor: Mark Neuenschwander

Category: Photography


PhotoSpiva Tweens Kick-off Class with Mark Neuenschwander
Saturday | February 6 &13 | 11am-12:30pm | Ages: 9-13 | Cost: $40

PhotoSpiva Tweens exhibit features the work of young, budding photographers. This year, students will learn more advanced techniques in this two part class and will take a field trip to Hideout Harley Davidson to capture some fun images! Two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery during April 2016. Space is limited, so register early. Sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson. 

Kinetic Art: Mechanical Sculptures

Dates: - Feb 27 2016 - Feb 27 2016

Time: 1-3pm

Cost: $20

Ages: 10-14

Instructor: Fred Mintert

Category: Sculpture


Kinetic Art: Mechanical Sculptures with Fred Mintert
Saturday | February 27| 1-3pm | Ages: 10-14 | Cost:$20

In this prequel to the "Art That Moves" series, students will create a moving mechanical sculpture! Kinetic art combines art, science, and problem solving to allow students to experiment with forms,materials, and structure. Come explore this dynamic art form! 

Dance Composition

Dates: Wednesdays - Mar 2 2016 - Apr 27 2016

Time: 4-5pm

Cost: $45/8-week

Ages: 9-14

Instructor: Darcie Shultz

Category: Dance

Subject: Dance

Dance Composition with Darcie Shultz
Wednesdays | March 2 – April 27 | 4-5pm | Ages: 9-14 | Cost: $45/ 8-week session

Do you love to make up dances? Then this 8-week choreography class is for you! Students will learn a variety of methods and approaches to creating a dance through improvisation exercises and group/solo studies. The session will culminate with a student choreography showcase.Students should wear comfortable attire and socks. Space is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.
Note: No class March 23

Preschooler and Pal Art Class

Dates: Wednesday mornings - Mar 2 2016 - May 18 2016

Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Cost: $6

Ages: 3-5

Instructor: Lindsay Bowers

Category: Preschool Art


Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Lindsay Bowers
Wednesdays | Mar. 2 – May 18 | 10:30-11:30am | Ages: 3-5 | Cost: $6/class

Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, sculpture, and building creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early.
Note: No class March 23