Summer Art Camps & Classes 2018

While regularly scheduled art classes will continue, summer arts camps and special classes are right around the corner! Pre-registration required unless noted…these fill up fast!


At Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd)

The Next Generation Performing Arts Camp returns to the campus of Missouri Southern State University to offer an artistic, immersive educational opportunity for emerging actors, dancers, and musicians. High school students (Ages 13–19) from around the country have the opportunity to work with professionals in their respective fields who share real-world experience with young people anticipating a career in the arts. There are two different programs being offered:

Musical Theatre Program (Ages 13–19)
July 22–29 | Cost: $450 | Registration deadline: May 20, 2018

Camp participants will learn about the world of musical theatre from professional actors, musicians, and dancers. Students develop their theatrical skills, learn the fundamentals of effective performance, and make lifelong friends at this intensive week-long program. A full-length musical production of the Broadway musical “The Addams Family” will be performed at the end of the week, showcasing the students’ accomplishments. For more information or to register for the musical theatre program, click here. For questions related to the Musical Theatre Program contact Valerie Canon at or Dr. Jan Hanson at

Strings and Collaborative Piano (Ages 13–19)
July 22–29 | Cost: $450 | Registration deadline: May 20, 2018

This program is a unique summer intensive opportunity tailored for talented young artists preparing for careers in music. Through rehearsing and performing orchestral works, chamber music, and solo pieces, students have a chance to hone their skills and to build friendships with other aspiring musicians in an environment that is both supportive and challenging. For more information or to register for the strings and collaborative piano program, click here. For questions related to the Strings and Collaborative Piano Program contact Dr. Jim Waddelow at


June 10–15 | Cost: $275 | Registration deadline: May 11, 2018
At Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St)

The goal of the Academy is to empower high school students to use their crafts in a way that creates Jesus culture in the world. The academy hopes to inspire a generation of artists who will bring excellence, beauty, and truth to every realm of life. Through training in multiple disciplines, purposeful collaboration with other artists and peers, and in an atmosphere of joy, the staff believes students will leave as better artisans of the musical, visual and performing arts.

Learn worship and creative arts from the OCC staff and professional artists in three tracks:

Musical Arts: vocal, instrumental, sound design, production
Visual Arts: photography, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, animation
Performing Arts: theater, writing

Questions? Contact Carolyn Hardison at or 417.626.1234 ext. 2400. To register for the Creative Arts Academy click here.


Youth Summer Art Camps (Ages 6–12)
12:00–5:00pm | Cost: $100

Printmaking Camp with Sarah Serio (Ages 6–12)
June 5–7 | 12:00–5:00pm | Cost: $100
Carve it, Ink it, Print it! Come rock the print shop at Spiva and explore the unique world of printmaking. Transform your designs into eye-catching works of art with relief printing, create your own screen-printed t-shirt, and hit up the urban landscape for an adventure in street ink.  Unlike any other form of art, this camp will allow students to try their hand at a wide range of techniques in this whirlwind adventure in printmaking.

Superhero Adventures Camp With Sarah Serio (Ages 6–12)
June 19–21 | 12:00–5:00pm | Cost: $100
Zap! Bam! Wham! Avengers – Jedis –  Wizards, an all new adventure is coming to Spiva Summer 2018! It’s time to suit up and delve into a new action-filled camp where you will develop your artistic superpowers while creating some of your favorite hero’s most important tools of the trade. Prepare to take your favorite hero on an artistic adventure of heroic proportions!

Master of Mediums Camp with Sandra Conrad (Ages 6–12)
July 10–12 | 12:00–5:00pm | Cost: $100
Charcoal, acrylic, pastels, and more! Explore art and its endless mediums in this camp that’s sure to ignite that artistic fire. This camp is perfect for laying the foundation every future artist needs. Students will love experimenting with so many forms of 2-D art.

Glass Camp with Jane McCauley (Ages 9–13)
July 24–26 | 12:00–5:00pm | Cost: $100
Discover the exciting world of fused glass! This stunning art form is sure to be a delightful new experience for the kids. Students will make glass treasures to take home that you will enjoy for years to come-even returning students will have new masterpieces to display. Please wear close-toed shoes to this unique camp.

Preschool Summer Camps (Ages 3–5)
10:00–11:30am | Cost: $45

Elements Camp with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5)
July 10–12 | 10:00–11:30am | Cost: $45
This camp is all about Fire, Water, and Earth! Be prepared to get messy while bubble painting, painting rocks, eating s’mores, making fire breathing dragons, and so much more. Themed snacks will be provided as well.

Space Camp with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5)
June 5–7 | 10:00–11:30am | Cost: $45
Aliens, planets, and rockets abound in this exciting camp that is out of this world! Your little ones will explore the amazing world of art by making painted planets, spaceships, astronauts, and more. Themed snacks will be provided.

To register for Spiva art camps, click here. You can also register by calling 417.623.0183. 


June 11–13 | 9:00am–3:00pm | Cost: $150
At Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd)

The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students are encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book. The faculty strives not only to mentor these young students, but also to foster a positive learning environment where they aren’t afraid to take risks in their playing and improvising. The Joplin Jazz Camp’s ultimate goal is to make each and every student a better person, a better performer, and to inspire them to carry on the wonderful legacy of the music we call jazz, while simultaneously continuing to innovate and seek out new forms of musical expression. The students will have an opportunity to practice what they learn by performing at a local venue at the summation of the camp. The performances start Wednesday June 13th at Gusano’s Pizza time TBA; jazz camp students will perform jazz combo songs while you kick back and enjoy some great pizza! Thursday June 14th 6pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee; the culminating concert of the jazz camp will feature dance instructor Judy Schneider as she kicks the concert off with a swing dance lesson, followed by the jazz camp big band performing swinging selections for you and your sweetheart to dance to.

For more information or to register for Joplin Jazz Camp, click here.

KAREN’S DANCE STUDIO (2113 Davis Blvd)

June 11 – July 19

These 6 week summer sessions include classes for all ages ranging from 2 to Adult. There will be plenty to choose from including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Tot, Contemporary, Pointe, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Modern, Tap as well as Vocal and Piano instruction. If you are interested participating in one of these camps or would like more information, visit or call 417.623.1093 or email


This year marks the 26th year of Joplin Little Theatre’s Children’s Workshop! While attending the workshop students will learn all aspects of putting on a production. They will have the amazing opportunity to build their own costumes, props and set as well as learn how to operate the lights, sound and make-up. At the end of the week, the students will perform a short play for family and friends.

Children’s “Whodunnit?” Workshop
June 25–29 | Cost: $65

Morning Session: 9:00am–12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00–4:00pm

A band of thieves steal prized jewels. Detectives work hard to find them. They are captured, but escape! Private investigators are called in to help with the case.  Will they figure out “Whodunnit”?!

Children’s “Hello Hollywood” Workshop
July 9–13 | Cost:$65

Morning Session: 9:00am–12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00–4:00pm

A group of Hollywood actors are attending the premiere of their latest film. When they try to leave the premiere, they are surrounded by crazy fans and the paparazzi. They ask their special effects friends to create a diversion so they can get away!


At Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd)

Summer Strings Academy (Grades 6-12)
June 18–22 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Claymation Video Production (Grades 3-5)
June 25–29 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Building Design and Architecture (Grades 3-5)
July 9–13 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Studio Art (Grades 6-12)
July 16–20 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Showtime for Kids: the Summer Musical (Grades 2 & 3)
July 16–20 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Showtime for Kids: the Summer Musical (Grades 4-6)
July 16–20 | 9:00am–4:00pm | Cost: $190

Showtime for Kids: Behind the Scenes lighting, sets, props, and sound production (Grades 6-8)
July 16–20 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Studio Art  (Grades 2–5)
July 23–27 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

Photography & Publications
July 30–August  3 | 9:00am–Noon | Cost: $190

For more information or to register your child call 417.781.5124 or click here. Enrollment is offered to students pre K –12.


July 9–13 | 11:00am–1:00pm
At Midwest Regional Ballet (2101 Stephens Blvd)

Troll Camp (Ages 2–4)

Rock Star Camp (Ages 4–6)

Moana Camp (Ages 7–9)

Beginning Aerial Camp (Ages 9–11)

Bring it to Broadway (Ages 12–16)

For more information, call 417.439.9549 or email


Children’s Department

Bobby Norfolk
June 12 | 2:00–3:00pm
Join Emmy-winning storyteller and musician Bobby Norfolk for a captivating storytelling program focusing on diversity and African American culture.

Mike Anderson
June 16 | 4:00–5:00pm
Join performer and voice artist Mike Anderson for a fun prevention filled with stories, songs and musical instruments.

Native American Flutist Mark Barger
June 26 | 2:00–3:00pm
Join Native American flutist Mark ‘Wandering Bear’ Barger for an educational, exciting, and interactive musical program focusing on Native American-style flutes and music.

Kufara Marimba Band
June 30 | 4:00–5:00pm
Join the Kufara Marimba musicians for a musical and energetic performance influenced by Zimbabwean culture.

Chelsey Davenport’s Dance Party
July 10 | 2:00–3:00pm
Join Zumba instructor Chelsey Davenport for an energetic hour of games, singing, and dancing!

July 14 | 2:00–3:00pm
This 60-minute program is designed to introduce children to instruments found in a jazz band.

Dino O’Dell
July 17 | 2:00–3:00pm
Join the children’s department and musician Dino O’Dell as they sing about monster under our beds, swim in a pond full of peanut butter, and learn about the four instrument categories: percussion, wind, string, and electronic.

Kevin Badgley
July 24 | 2:00–3:00pm
Kevin Badgley from the Department of Conservation with introduce everyone to several featured friends who make their homes in rocks.

Mad Science Ending Celebration
July 28 | 10:30–11:15am
Mad Science Presents: Libraries Rock the World! During this 60 minute show, children will learn about the Science of Summer Sounds like crickets, squirrels, birds and more. Audience members will make up a mad Sounds Band to accompany the Mad Science Summer time performers. This event will also offer Chick-Fil-A ice cream, Popcorn, and balloon creations form Cheeky Fun!

Summer Movie Break (Ages 2-10)
Mondays | June & July | 2:00–3:00pm
Get out of the heat and join Joplin Public Library for a different family-friendly movie each Friday afternoon.


May 22–25  | 7:30–12:30pm | Cost: $60
At Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave)

Kids will have a blast kicking off the summer break with this half day camp held by Joplin High School Choir. This 4-day camp includes a T-shirt, snacks and fun instruction. For more information, call 417.625.5230 or email


At Camp Mintahama

Tree Dwellers: Mysteries of the Night (Grades 4-5)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Junior Counselor (Grades 11-12)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Once Upon a Time (Grades 2-3)
June 17 – June 19 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Castaways (Grades 6-12)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Cupcake Wars (Grades 4-5)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $260, On time $275

Counselor in Training II (Grades 10-12)
June 17 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $310, On time $325

My Camp, My Rules (Grades 6-12)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Camp Aide (Grades 7-12)
June 17 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Goo, Glop, & Fizz (Grades 2-3)
June 20 – June 22 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Playing Pixies (Grades K-1)
June 20 | Cost: Early Bird $50, On time $65

Counselor in Training I (Grades 9-12)
June 24 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $310, On time $325

Tree Dwellers: Four Fires (Grades 6-12)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Jedi School (Grades 4-5)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Junior Counselor (Grades 11-12)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Camp Aide (Grades 7-12)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Jump Start (Grades K-3)
June 24 – June 26 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

H20 Extreme (Grades 2-3)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Cast Iron Chef (Grades 6-12)
June 24 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $260, On time $275

Doodlebugs (Grades K-1)
June 27 – June 28 | Cost: Early Bird $90, On time $105

Artists (Grades 2-3)
June 27 – June 29 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Camp Aide (Grades 7-12)
July 1 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Catching Fire (Grades 6-12)
July 1 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $250, On time $265

Junior Counselor (Grades 11-12)
July 1 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Midnight Madness (Grades 2-3)
July 1 – July 3 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Tree Dwellers (Grades 4-5)
July 1 – July 3 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Voyagers (Grades 6-12)
July 1 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $360, On time $375

Tree Dwellers (Grades 4-5)
July 4 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145

Princess in Training (Grades 2-3)
July 4 – July 6 | Cost: Early Bird $130, On time $145


Princess Palooza (Ages 2.5–5 Years)
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14 | 9:30–11:00am | $50 per child
Lead Instructor: Heather Briley

Jazz with Ms. Heather
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14 | 4:00–8:00pm
4:00pm–5:30pm: Beginner Ages 5-9 years old | $50 per child
6:00pm–8:00pm: Intermediate and Advanced | $70 per child
(Intermediate & Advanced includes Jazz Funk, Classical Jazz & Broadway Jazz)
Lead Instructor: Heather Briley

Musical Theatre Workshop – Featuring Music from WICKED (All Ages)
Tuesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 21 | 5:00–8:00pm | $90 per person
Lead Instructors: Charity Musick and Heather Briley

For more information and to register, call 417.553.7954.