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.
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: 10:30-11:30 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)| 10:30-11:30 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.
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.
Dates: - Sep 15 2014 - Nov 10 2014
Cost: $99 for 9-week session
Instructor: Fred Mintert
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 artjuggler.blogspot.com for a taste! Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available.
Intro to Watercolor
Dates: - Sep 16 2014 - Oct 21 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Brenda Sageng
Intro to Watercolor with Brenda Sageng
Tuesdays | Sept. 16 – Oct. 21 | 6-8pm | Adults
Cost: $150; members $135
Watercolor skills and techniques will be demonstrated and explored through hands-on experiential learning, including introductions to color theory, composition, and perspective within the watercolor medium. From raw beginners to more seasoned painters, the class will enrich your technical and creative skills in this challenging, but delightful medium.
Anime with Amber Baker
Dates: - Oct 4 2014 - Nov 1 2014
Instructor: Amber Baker
Anime with Amber Baker
Saturdays | Oct. 4 & Nov. 1 | 11am-1pm
Ages: 12-18 | Cost: $25/class
Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline, and background.
Girl Scout Workshop - Painting
Dates: Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Oct 11 2014 - Oct 11 2014
Time: 1-3 pm
Ages: 2nd - 3rd Grades
Instructor: Amber Mintert
Girl Scout Workshop – Painting with Amber Mintert
Saturday | Oct. 11 | 1-3pm | 2nd & 3rd Grade | Cost: $10
Girl Scouts tour the galleries, discovering and identifying various painting techniques and styles. In the studio classroom, each student creates a painting that exhibits the use of color and a variety of ways to apply paint. This workshop fulfills three requirements to earn the Painting Badge.
Paint Like Pollock Chairs
Dates: Saturday, October 18 - Oct 18 2014 - Oct 18 2014
Time: 1-4 pm
Ages: 8 - Adult
Instructor: Tricia Courtney
Paint Like Pollock Chairs with Tricia Courtney
Saturday | Oct. 18 | 1-4 pm | Ages: 8-Adult | Cost: $40
No experience necessary! Local artist Tricia Courtney will show you how to take one of our little wooden chairs then fling, sling, splatter, and drip your way to a masterpiece! Dress accordingly! Limited space is available for this class, so be sure to register early. You won’t want to miss it.
Altered Tile Pendant
Dates: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Oct 25 2014 - Oct 25 2014
Time: 1-3 pm
Instructor: Kristin Girard
Altered Tile Pendant with Kristin Girard
Saturday | Oct. 25 | 1-3 pm| Age: Adult | Cost: $20
Love those cute and funky altered pendants? Kristin Girard will show you the tips and tricks to make a fabulous piece of jewelry uniquely your own. All supplies are provided.