Summer Art Camps & Classes 2014

While regularly scheduled art classes will continue, summer arts camps and special classes are right around the corner! Pre-registration advised…these fill up fast! Like what you see? Click on the organization’s name for FULL details!



Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and will be organized around fun, imaginative themes. Each workshop costs $25 for pre-registration ($30 at the door), which includes 4 projects as well as a snack. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds personnel. Sign up for any or all of them, but hurry because spots are limited! Programs include:

  • Minecraft Masterpieces
  • Calling All Painters!
  • Glow, Shine and Sparkle
  • Musical Maestros 



  • Pre K Creative Movement Camp (Ages 3-5)
  • Matt Campbell’s Musical Theatre Mayhem (Ages 10+)
  • Leaps & Turns Workshop (Intermediate-Advanced)
  • Contemporary Class (Intermediate-Advanced)
  • Hip Hop Level 1 (Ages 5-8)
  • Hip Hop Level 2 (Ages 9-15)
  • Beginner Ballet Technique Intensive (1-3 years of ballet training required)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Technique Summer Intensive!
  • Weekly Classes: Tumbling K-2; Beginner Ballet & Tap Combo; Pointe Class; Boys Tap/Hip Hop Class 


Mon–Fri | June 9–13 | 8–11:30am
Location: North Middle School (102 Gray Ave.)
Get out your dancing shoes for Show Choir Camp. Students entering 1st–8th grades will have the chance to learn musical numbers and choreography to be performed at a concert on the last day of camp. The deadline to register is May 31. A $50 registration fee will be due on the first day of camp. To learn more and to enroll, visit or email 



Grades 6-12 on all instruments July 16–19 | 9am–3pm
Location: Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes/rehearsals emphasizing improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning rather than just practicing patterns out of a book. The faculty (that makes up the performing group, Jomo Jazz) strives not only to mentor these young students but to also foster a positive learning environment where they aren’t afraid to take risks in their playing. 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 artistic expression. Courses/Activities: History of Jazz, Music Theory, Jazz Combo, Ear Training/Transcription, Rhythm Exercises/Percussion, Jazz Techniques. Click here for a registration form. Mail all registration forms to camp director Levi Randolph (3109 S Tyler Ave, Joplin, MO 64804 – (417) 434-5779). Cost: $150 


This summer JLT will be offering 4 separate weeks of summer workshops. Sessions will cover basic principles of stage productions including costume, make-up, set construction, and performance. Each week will offer a different theme. Weeks #1, 3, and 4 are for all ages. Week #2 is for students entering middle school or who have participated in JLT workshops in the past 2 years.

  • Week #1 – “Under the Big Top”
  • Week #2 – “Techies Week”
  • Week #3 – “Street Carnivals and Sideshows”
  • Week #4 – “Aliens Invade the BIZARNIVAL”

Director of this yearʼs workshop is Lisa Wood, returning for her third year. She brings enthusiasm and knowledge acquired from almost twenty years involved with theatre, plus a staff of highly talented and interested theater veterans.

Cost: $55 per student per session. A registration day will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10am–2pm at Joplin Little Theatre. Registration can also be made by calling the JLT box office (417-623-3638) during regular business hours (Mon–Thu from 9am–2pm), in person at registration day, or at JLT’s booth during Downtown Joplin’s Third Thursday Art Walk. 


The Joplin Public Library has many artsy options for both children and teens this summer. All library programs are free and any child participating in the summer reading club can get a free library card…no matter where they live! Click on the respective departments for their summer programs – feel free to stop by the library and grab a flyer!

Children’s Department:

  • Four separate classes of Explore & Play! (It’s Mad Science Day!/It’s Beach Day!/It’s Nature Day!/It’s Dinosaur Day!)
  • Four separate Art Workshops for 1st-5th graders courtesy of Art Feeds

Teen Department:

  • Teen Photography Contest
  • Manga & Anime Club
  • Spark a Reaction with Mail Art 

Kare's Dance Studio Summer 2014KAREN’S DANCE STUDIO (KDS)

KDS has a great selection of dance camps for a variety of skill levels.

  • Princess Camp (Ages 3-6) – two sessions
  • Tiny Hip Hop Camp (Ages 3-7)
  • Diva Dance Camp (Ages 7-11)
  • Hip Hop Camp (Ages 7-11)
  • Ballet Camp (Experienced dancers age 10+)

All camps will be held at KDS (2113 Davis Blvd, Joplin, MO 64804) and cost $90 for the week (most classes include snacks and gifts). To register or for more info call (417) 623-1093, email, or drop by the studio during open registration summer enrollment on Friday, May 16 from 5–7pm or Saturday, May 17 from 10am–2pm. Students must register by the first day of camp. 



Saturday Painting Class (Ages 8+)
12:30–3pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Enjoy creating your very own work of art with help from experienced local artists every Saturday at Local Color! Students are able to paint anything their heart’s desire. Weekly themes are always available! Parents are welcome to come paint as well. This class has a limited number of spots so please call (417) 553-0835 to reserve your spot ASAP! All materials are furnished. $35 per class, per student 



MRB is still working out dates and times of their summer class offerings. Take a look at what they are planning below. Check out their Facebook page for updates and call Kaye Lewis at (417) 439-9549 for more information/to reserve your spot!

  • Hoopnotica Class
  • Aerial Silks
  • Boys Hip Hop Class
  • Ballroom Dance/Date Night
  • Junior Salsa
  • Junior Ballroom 

at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Coming this summer: decorate your own lightning beetle jar with polymer clay and learn about these fascinating insects! Look out for other nature-related programs from Pawpaw Patch Productions soon. Dates and times are not yet set in stone! 


Summers’s at Spiva offer a wide variety of creative fun! They offer summer art classes for all ages, as well as art camps for ages 6-12 and 3-5. You may register at Spiva or by calling (417) 623-0183. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis with full payment. Scholarships available. Visit the Center for a flyer/to register!

Summer Classes:

  • Anime
  • Screen Printing
  • A Night at the Gallery – Tween Lock-In
  • Open Studio Mixed Media Collage
  • Creature Claymation
  • Stamped Jewelry

SpivaKids Summer Art Camps (For ages 6-12 unless otherwise noted): 

  • Drawing Camp
  • Painting Camp
  • Photography Camp
  • Glass Camp (Ages 9-12)
  • Fiber Arts Camp
  • Printmaking
  • 3-D Sculpture Camp
  • Clay Camp

SpivaKids Pre-School Summer Art Camps (For ages 3-5):

  • Legomania
  • Messy Art
  • Mini Masterpieces
  • Colorful Creations
  • Creating Rainbows
  • Disney Days
  • Under the Sea
  • Animal Planet  

Thomas-Jefferson-IDS-Summer-Discover-Academy-2014THOMAS JEFFERSON (TJ) SUMMER DISCOVERY ACADEMY 

TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy runs from June 2 – August 8, and includes courses in fine arts, theater, and music. Most courses are half-day classes that run a full week – either 9am–Noon or 1–4pm. Some courses are a full day (9am–4pm) and some courses are two-week courses. In addition to the arts-related courses, TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy offers academic enrichment courses for students in any school and in all grades. All registration can be done online at – call Robert Carlson at TJ at (417) 781-5124 x240 for additional information. The majority of camps cost $300 ($150 for TJ students), some cost $150 for all students, and others cost $500 ($250 for TJ students).


For students entering K-2nd grade in the fall:

  • Showtime for Kids
  • Studio Art Academy

For students entering grades 3-5 in the fall:

  • Intermezzo Piano Academy Basic Course
  • Ceramics
  • Showtime for Kids
  • Studio Art Academy

For students entering grades 6-12 in the fall:

  • MoShakes: Summer Shakespeare Academy
  • Summer Choral Music Institute with Dr. David Sharlow
  • Intermezzo Piano Academy Advanced Course
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Joplin Jazz Camp
  • Advanced Drawing & Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Showtime – Behind the Scenes
  • Poetry
  • Digital Filmmaking 


Nature’s Artwork Day Camp (Ages 7-12) – 2 Sessions
Tue–Fri | June 10–13 or July 29–August 1 | 12:30–3:30pm
Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? Help cultivate their interests by having them attend this art camp! Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, the class meets at the Center each afternoon and uses nature as inspiration to create original pieces of art…including origami, mobiles, papier-mâché, paintings and colored pencil drawings. Fee includes all art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee. Cost: $125 (registration required – call: (417) 782-6287 to register! Payment by check or cash only to instructor.


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