Summer 2015 Art Camps & Classes Recap


Summer always provides a great opportunity to be involved in art camps that nurture life-long interests and skills in the arts! We asked our local arts organizations what went on inside their classrooms. Here is a sampling of that magic straight from the source. Remember! It’s never too early to make plans for next summer…

Reported by Jeana Gockley, JPL Children’s Librarian

“The Joplin Public Library’s “Children’s Summer Reading Club” offered children, no matter their residency, the opportunity to explore the world of science through programs (58 to be exact!), books, music, art, and prizes. It also provided the added bonus of allowing children the chance to earn two FREE books – we gave away 987! 

This summer’s “Unmask” theme made it possible to incorporate the ever-popular subject of superheroes into the reading fun, and families were encouraged to read together and complete a set of fun summer activities – like creating an obstacle course for the whole family.     

Over the course of the jam-packed nine week program, 4,128 people participated in programs, with 621 children completing their Gameboards. Most noteworthy was that Gameboard participation went up by 36 percent this summer!

Some of our favorite memories include: the superhero decorations that transformed the Children’s Department; fun and creative storytime programs; an Art Feeds’ superhero workshop where participants created superhero capes; therapy dog readings to Ricky, Dudley, Bam, Snow, and Brooks; and our super hero-inspired ending celebration that included pizza and snowcones, a scavenger hunt, and face painting.”

Joplin Public Library Summer 2015

Reported by Karalee McDonald, Education Coordinator

“Spiva summer art camps had another great season. Nearly every camp reached capacity, bringing our total attendance to nearly 200 kids! Preschoolers to tweens had a blast creating art at Spiva.

Camps were age-based with the 6-to-12-year-olds focusing on specific art mediums, from drawing and painting to fused glass and clay. New this year was a printmaking press provided by Joplin Noon Rotary. Everyone loved it! Students learned how to carve their own linoleum blocks and used our new press to create impressive cards and posters, and of course designed and screen printed their own t-shirt and drawstring bag.

Preschoolers had fun in the Creative Café, meeting story tale characters in the Once Upon a Time camp, and Splished and Splashed their way through art!

Our campers love their teachers Carrie Cavitt, Lindsay Bowers, Michelle Blevins, Taylor Alumbaugh  and Beth Christodoulou Lawson. Their fun and creative projects make every day at camp one to look forward to. The 6-to12- year old campers tried their hand at new and exciting art mediums thanks to teachers Jane McCaulley, Amber Mintert, Devon Bauman, Beth Christodoulou Lawson, Allison Rogers and Sarah Serio.

Sincere thanks to the teachers, campers, assistants and volunteers who made this a truly memorable summer at Spiva!”

Spiva Center for the Arts Summer 2015

Reported by Nicole Drouin Amayo, Owner/Instructor

“Karen’s Dance Studio Summer Programs were filled with education, fun, laughter, and an ever increasing love of dance! We started the summer with our exciting Summer Dance Camps including Princess Camp – where we immersed our little dancers in a world of princesses, games and dancing. We gave our older dancers an avenue to strengthen their ballet technique and build on a strong foundation in Ballet Camp. This summer we also had the opportunity to host our Master Classes where students continued to build and strengthen their dance abilities by taking classes from some fantastic dance instructors/choreographers who have danced all over the country! The summer ended with a 6-week summer session in July and August…which was a sampling of the classes we have to offer in our fall session. Our Fall Session runs August 31 – May 2016. We look forward to another great year at Karen’s Dance Studio. Bring your family and come join ours!”

Karen's Dance Studio Summer 2015 

Reported by Levi Randolph, Camp Director

“The 2015 MSSU Jazz Camp was a huge success!  There were twenty-four students in attendance and seven faculty members on staff who taught a variety of classes ranging from jazz combos and big band to jazz history. Students had the opportunity to perform twice during the camp – learning through experience what it is like to be a professional musician and performer. The first performance featured the student and faculty combos at Gusanos Pizza in Joplin, where there were over seventy people in attendance. The students also participated in the finale recital featuring MSSU’s jazz orchestra, faculty combo, steel drum ensemble, and guest artist the JM Big Band.”

MSSU Jazz Camp Summer 2015

Reported by Tara Danner, Development Associate

“The Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp was the perfect opportunity for young artist to cultivate their interests in both art and nature! The camp was led again by the talented and certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey. During this week-long camp, students met at the center each afternoon for three hours and used nature as their inspiration to create original pieces of art. After camp, these works of art were exhibited throughout the center for guest to enjoy. Anne-Marie hosts a unique experience with new ideas and activities each year. The child ratio to adult is at least 10:1 to ensure a safe, educational, and unforgettable experience for all. The camp is for kids between the ages of 7-12 years old, and the fee includes all art materials, a snack, and instructor fee. Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? If so, consider this wonderful experience for kids to connect with nature through art! For more information on programs or events at Wildcat Glades, contact us at 417-782-6287.”

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Summer 20154

Reported by Cyndi Cogbill, Owner/Instructor

Adults and children five and older joined Cyndi Cogbill of Pawpaw Patch Productions in three nature and/or history inspired polymer clay classes this summer.

On June 13, five participants created both pinch and coil pots inspired by American Indian pottery. While the polymer clay pots cured the students learned about the importance of preserving artifacts and leaving archeological and natural sites undisturbed through stories and activities. Before leaving, each person painted their pots with earth pigments.

Four students made translucent polymer clay pinwheels decorated with alcohol inks, iridescent powders, and micro glitter on July 11. Not only did the pinwheels spin in the wind, they also created a light show. During the curing process everyone joined in the experiments about wind and light. 

Five participants experimented with chalks, iridescent powders, and textures to preserve pressed wildflowers and leaves in polymer clay and resin on July 11. While the pendants cured, students stepped outside to learn which plants press well and how to go about the process. Each person received a plant press and local plant guide.

For each class, the students received basic polymer clay information, detailed tutorials for each project, and fun or informational sheets related to each subject designed to inspire further exploration.

Pawpaw Patch Productions Summer 2015

Reported by Jordan Murdock, Co Director of Programming

“Summer went by fast at Art Feeds Joplin! We had a blast at our Second Saturday workshops, where we explored new cultures through art. We had a super summer at our Library workshops where around 90 children explored the concepts of heroism in the everyday. And we enjoyed the brilliant tales spun by our talented storytellers at our Word Vomit event!”

Reported by Heather Grills, Owner

“We had 8 campers and a great time! Campers made reverse Tie-dye t-shirts, fish wind chimes, fairy houses, animal pencil holders, owl pendants, and thrown Bowls! We can’t wait for next summer.”


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