What’s coming up in April 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout April in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


March 30–April 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents Other Desert Cities, 7:30pm (2:30pm Sunday Matinee) at Joplin Little Theatre. Brooke Wyeth returns home after six years to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. Directed by Greg Swartz. Adults – $15; Student/Senior – $13; Children Under 12 – $6. Call (417) 623-3638 to reserve tickets or buy online at jltplay.com.

March 31–April 10: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents And Then There Were None, Thu–Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2:30pm, at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin. And Then There Were None is the best selling mystery of all time. Agatha Christie’s classic “whodunnit” was recently revived as a popular British movie and is hailed as Christie’s masterpiece. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, one guest is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again…and again…Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

April 1 & 2: Heartland Opera Theatre presents Songs For A New World, 7:30pm at Route 66 Events Center (21 S. Webb,  Webb City, MO). Songs for  New World debuted Off-Broadway in 1995 and vaulted composer Jason Robert Brown into stardom.  Brown and stage director Daisy Prince crafted an incredible mixture of Broadway Musical and song cycle together into an unforgettable show. Four singers present a collection of songs all joined by the theme “a moment of decision” in stories connected across time. Don’t miss this incredible musical experience! $15 reserve; $20 door; $10 students. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 417-782-4953 or email info@heartlandoperatheatre.com.

April 10: MSSU Music Department presents Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, 3pm at Central Christian Center.
The MSSU Music Department will present “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein. The choirs are under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow and the orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey R. Macomber. Free and open to the public.

April 12: Crowder Jazz Band, 7:30pm at Midtown Pizza Kitchen (1212 South Main Street, Joplin, MO).

April 14: Pro Musica presents Ethos Percussion Ensemble, 7pm at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.
Ethos Percussion Group is America’s premier percussion quartet presenting an energetic potpourri of musical genres from around the globe. Highly regarded for their Western chamber music expertise, individual members are also virtuosos on exotic instruments from Indonesia, West Africa, India and the Middle East. For 25 years Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Bermuda Festival. From the outset Ethos has demonstrated its commitment to advancing the percussive arts in education and have presented clinics and master classes at institutions such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music. While in Joplin Ethos will present two educational outreach events. The concert is open to the public at no charge. Donations appreciated.

April 14–16: Joplin High School presents Guys and Dolls, 7pm at Joplin High School’s Performing Arts Center, Coulter Auditorium.

April 14–17: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Peter Pan, Thu–Sat at 7:30pm, Sat & Sun at 2:30pm, at Memorial Auditorium (Pittsburg, KS). Peter Pan is the beloved childrens story about a boy who comes to find a mother figure for he and his lost boys. He happens to see Wendy in the park and decides to convince her to come with him to Neverland. She her brothers John and Michael all end up taking flight to follow Peter. Where they meet Tiger Lilly, the Lost Boys and the infamous Captain Hook. Children and Adults will love this high energy, fun ballet. With flying by ZFX. Get you tickets today at www.www.memorialauditorium.org. Tickets are $15 for adults main floor; $12 for Sr. Citizen and Children under 13; $10 for balcony GA. For more information, contact Kaye Lewis at midwestregionalballet@outlook.com or call the studio at (417) 439-9549. Visit www.midwestregionalballet.com for more information on classes and upcoming performances.

April 22 & 23: Thomas Jefferson’s Middle School presents The Music Man, 7pm at TJ Concert Hall.
Tickets available beginning April 1.

April 23 & 24: Southern Theatre presents Commedia Princess and the Pea, 2:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center.
The commedia players are poor travelers who have made all their props from objects they’ve found. They have come to play the story of  The Princess and the Pea. Because they each bring their special talents to the performance, they tell this familiar old story in a brand new way. By Lane Riosley and Rebecca Le Byars | Directed by Ann G. Lile. For mature audiences only. Adults: $5; Senior Citizens/MSSU Students: $3. Call 417-625-3190 for reservations.

April 28: Joplin High School Spring Band Concert, 7pm at JHS Performing Arts Center, Coulter Auditorium.
Free and open to the public.

April 29: Staged Reading Performing – Huis Clos (No Exit), 7pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre.
Staged reading performance of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play “Huis Clos.” Advanced MSSU French students will present this reading free of charge for the public (in both French and English).


April 1: National Poetry Month Kick-Off!All-day throughout Joplin, MO. 
Event organizers (Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, Pub Hound Press, Spiva Center for the Arts) will visit the campus of Missouri Southern and other venues throughout Joplin to kick-off National Poetry Month by promoting poetry-related events that will take place in Joplin throughout April.

April 1: MSSU French Film Festival – The Artist, 1pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Phelps Theater.
A delightful homage to silent-era Hollywood, Michel Hazanavicius’s mostly silent film, opens in 1927, when preening matinee idol George Valentin, is still the top draw at Kinograph Studios. George acts as a mentor to Peppy Miller, a chorus girl with big ambitions. The Artist tracks both Peppy’s ascent (through amusing montage) and George’s decline as he refuses to acknowledge synchronized-sound as more than a passing fad.

April 2: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts.
It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required at joplincoloringbookclubapril2016.eventbrite.com.

April 2: Joplin Boys & Girls Club Paint-It-Forward Fundraiser, 4–6pm or 7–9pm at RSVPaint.
Two great opportunities to make a difference while relaxing, sipping, visiting, and painting on Saturday, April 2nd. Help benefit Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri by signing up for one or both of these fantastic paintings: “April Showers” from 4-6pm or “The Owl” from 7-9pm at the RSVPaint-Joplin studio 420 S Main. Tickets are $40 in advance for “April Showers” and “The Owl” or by calling 417-680-5434.

April 3 & 24: Joplin Art Reading Group, 7pm at Kyle McKenzie’s Studio (212 1/2 W. 5th, #207).
This group meets every 3 weeks on Sunday to discuss art-related readings. The first book the group will read is “Why Art Cannot Be Taught” by James Elkins. Ask to join the group on Facebook.

April 4: Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable – Discover Your Arts Organization’s Lifecycle With Leah Hamilton, Independent Arts Consultant and Researcher, 11:30am–1pm at Post Art Library.
Facing changes, internally and externally, and feeling the need for more financial security, is normal for any arts organization – you aren’t alone. This fun and engaging workshop will lead you through an honest assessment of your organization’s current lifecycle stage, and then provide you the tools to set realistic goals within that lifecycle to achieve greater stability. The tools include easy-to-follow action steps in pinpointing more purposeful relationships with stakeholders and honing your management techniques to positively influence marketing and programming. C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. Free and open to the public. RSVP by emailing Emily at efrankoski@connect2culture.com.

April 4 & 5: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 7–9pm at Joplin Little Theatre.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Needed are 12 men and 4 women. Directed by Lisa Wood, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of R. P. McMurphy; a dedicated man who, after finding himself on the wrong side of the law, pleads insane and ends up at a psychiatric hospital, run by the militant Nurse Ratched. The two personalities clash when McMurphy riles up the other psych patients, leading to a climatic struggle between order and freedom. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest runs May 25–29, 2016.

April 5: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8pm at Joplin Public Library.
An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

April 7: Visual Poetry, 5:30–8:30pm at Post Art Library.
Join us during First Thursday Art Walk in the Post Art Library to create a collaborative visual poem with collage. Our visual poetry will collage literary verse with images you select. No experience necessary! All materials provided. This offering is a part of National Poetry Month celebrations in Joplin, MO. 

April 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin.
First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

April 8: MSSU French Film Festival – La Guerre est Declaree (Declaration of War), 1pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Phelps Theater. Courageously mining harrowing autobiographical episodes, director Valérie Donzelli and her co-writer, co-star, and ex-partner Jérémie Elkaïm imaginatively relay the story of their own tumultuous romance—and the terrifying, real-life diagnosis that their son received when he was only 18 months old. Donzelli creatively plays with form, adding musical numbers, multiple omniscient narrators, and other nods to the French New Wave. Free and open to the public.

April 9: MSSU World Music & Cuisine Festival5–8:30pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center.
The 3rd Annual World Music & Cuisine Festival will feature performances by local and regional groups, as well as a variety of food prepared by international students, faculty, staff and a local ethnic restaurants. Enjoy an evening of world music and cuisine that will will propel your listening senses and palate to exotic locales around the globe. Admission is free, but food servings will be sold via tickets priced at $1 each. For more information contact Chad Stebbins at Stebbins-C@mssu.edu.

April 12: Eighth Annual 1,000 Words Event, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
PhotoSpiva 2016 serves as inspiration in Spiva Center for the Arts’ 8th annual 1000 Words event. Writers are invited to pick one or two photos to use as springboards for poetry or prose. Participants must sign up at Spiva by April 10. Free and open to the public.

April 12: MSSU International Film Festival – Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni Czarodzieje), 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium.
Andrzej Wajda, Poland’s leading postwar director, created this film about the younger generation far removed from his earlier work. As a contemporary film, it lacked symbolic imagery and a strong theme and plot. The key to individual sequences must be sought more in the dialog than in the visual images. The motif of undeclared love of young people is intertwined in their story. As always, Wajda marks his film with unfulfilled yearnings and vital disillusionment in which a blasé attitude replaces a heroic pose. (Poland, 1960). Free and open to the public.

April 13: MSSU French Film Festival – La Grotte des Reves Perdus (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), 3pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Phelps Theater. Werner Herzog’s breathtaking documentary gives viewers an unprecedented look at, as he accurately describes it, “one of the great discoveries in the history of human culture”: the prehistoric drawings in the Chauvet- Pont-d’Arc Cave in the south of France. First discovered in 1994, the images—including depictions of lions and mammoths—were made 30,000 years ago and are the earliest known human art. Free and open to the public.

April 14: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm at Joplin Public Library.
The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin  Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

April 14: Poetry Wordshop, 7pm at Post Art Library. 
Explore the benefits of reading and writing poetry! Learn the basics of getting started as well as tips and tricks to maintain inspiration. Joey Brown will lead this Poetry Wordshop. Joey Brown writes poetry and prose. Her work has appeared in several literary journals including Louisiana Review, The Oklahoma Review, Cybersoleil, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and San Pedro River Review. She has recently been invited to read her work at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, The Chikaskia Literary Festival, and the Langdon Review Literary Weekend. Her poetry collection Oklahomaography was published in 2010, and a second collection, Feral Love, will be published later this year. She’s currently working on two prose projects, one of which humorously details her attempts at home renovation. Joey teaches professional and creative writing at Missouri Southern State University. She lives in southwest Missouri with her husband, prose writer Michael Howarth, and their congenial pack of rescue dogs in their somewhat-renovated house. This offering is a part of National Poetry Month celebrations in Joplin, MO. 

April 15: MSSU French Film Festival – Conte D’ete (A Summer’s Tale), 1pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Phelps Theater.
Gaspard, a recent math graduate and amateur musician in his early 20s, plans to enjoy three weeks of relaxation before starting a new job. While waiting for Léna, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, to show up, Gaspard becomes amorously entangled with two others: Margot and Solène. When Léna finally does arrive, Gespard finds himself in an impossible situation: He has promised each woman an excursion to a nearby island. Free and open to the public.

April 19: MSSU French Film Festival – Les Contes de la Nuit (Tales of the Night), 6:30pm at MSSU Billingsly Student Center, Phelps Theater. This collection of six marvelous, visually bold fairy tales is rendered in a “shadow puppet style,” with silhouetted characters set against gorgeously colored, Day-Glo backgrounds. Each episode introduces a host of amazing creations: werewolves, giant bees, dragons, sorcerers, talking horses, rival kings. And each, in telling the tale of how a young man overcomes obstacles to win the hand of a princess, takes a decidedly wry, ironic turn. Free and open to the public.

April 21: Poem in Your Pocket Day, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day! Choose a poem and carry it with you to share with others throughout the day. Visit Connect2Culture at 5th & Main Streets during Third Thursday to pick up a special poem for your pocket! This offering is a part of National Poetry Month celebrations in Joplin, MO. 

April 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin.
Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

April 22: Taylor Kubicek’s Senior Exhibit, time TBD at Infuжn Водка Bar.

April 22: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main).
Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

April 23: “Art in the Park” Day, Saturday, 10am–3pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (Carver Road, Diamond, MO). Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops with pastels, natural dyes, watercolors, clay, pencil and more. There will also be art activities for children and plein air artists painting around the grounds. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Curtis Gregory (park ranger) at curtis_gregory@nps.gov or call the park at 417-325-4151.

April 28: Poetry In Post, 7pm at Post Art Library.
Joy Dworkin, Dustin Faulstick, Richard Porter, Cody White, and Andrew D. Whitehead will share selections from their own original works, as well as their favorite poets. This offering is a part of National Poetry Month celebrations in Joplin, MO.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.


Post Art Library

Bird Brained by Kim Guthrie | April
The whimsical art of Kim Guthrie invites you to fly down to Post Art Library to see “Bird Brained.” Get in the mood for Spring among these Paper Mache and painted renditions of our feathered friends. You will surely smile and may even catch yourself with a Laugh Out Loud!

Spiva Center for the Arts

PhotoSpiva 2016 | March 5 – May 1 | Main Gallery
Celebrating its 40th year in 2016, PhotoSpiva is an acclaimed, national competitive exhibition of amateur and professional work—the longest running competition of its kind in the U.S. Sponsored by Freeman Health System.

Robyn Cook: Close to Home | March 5 – May 1 | Regional Gallery
Cook brings an uncanny ability to her portraits of farm life. She captures living color and powerful animals in motion in astonishing, expressive black and white detail in her medium of choice: graphite. Sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC)

JRAC Group Show | February – May | At the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Artwork by JRAC Members: Diana Bray, Cheryl Church, and Christina Lorenzen. JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

Cathy B…and Dee S…Face to Face | March 28 – April 21
Ceramic artwork. Closing reception: April 21, 4–6pm with an Artist Talk from 3–4pm.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Nature-Inspired Artwork by Koral Martin & Melinda Fauss | March – April
The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center has two new artists on display from now through April. The Audubon Center is home to two art walls and features local artists who have a nature-related theme to their work. On display now is nature photography – In the Wild – by Koral Martin, the owner of Koka Art Gallery in Carthage, Missouri. Koral strives to capture nature’s story by shooting at unique angles and using macro and infrared photography. Koral is also featuring her photography on coasters and cutting boards, which are on display at the Audubon Center. The other artists on display include 10 year old Melinda Fauss. Melinda’s inaugural show includes 3 of her sketches; “Happy Hydrangeas,” “Zesty Zinnias,” and “The Indigo Bunting.” She enjoys nature and creating art from her discoveries. Sharing the second wall is a quilt by Lila Washam. This embroidered quilt featured state birds from across the United States.


April 2: Faux Black Bear Claw and Turquoise Necklace (Ages 5+) with Cyndi Cogbill, 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Fashion your own faux bear claw and turquoise necklace from polymer clay. Learn about Black Bears during the curing time. Children ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free. Clay, materials, and tutorials provided. Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com.

April 2: Polymer Clay Labels and Decorations for Edible Flower Gardening (Ages 15+) with Cyndi Cogbill, 1–4:30 pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Just in time for planting we will make polymer clay plant labels and decorations for the garden. During the curing time we will concentrate on edible flowers—how to grow, harvest, prepare, and eat flowers. Cost: $35 per person. Clay, supplies, and detailed tutorials included. Registration required by 12 Noon the Thursday before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email to cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com.

April 2, 16, 30: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11am–Noon at Rose Gallery of Fine Art.
Want to learn basic techniques in using colored pencils? Come to The Art of Colored Pencils class at the Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium. Dustin Miller, art instructor at Neosho High School and Crowder College, will teach basic color theory and mixing, as well as sketching techniques that include layering, shading, burnishing and more. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. The class is open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, phone 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

April 4: Dancing With Degas (Ages 6-8) with Darcie Shultz, 4–5pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
In this interdisciplinary class, students will look at and analyze the work of Edgar Degas. Students will experiment with similar postures, movements, and phrases in relation to Degas’ work. This is a great opportunity for students to re-interpret the artwork through movement. No dance experience required. Students should wear comfortable clothing and socks. Space is limited to 6 students, pre-registration is required. Cost: $10.

April 6: Figurative Painting in Watercolor (Ages 18+), 7–9pm at Rose Gallery of Fine Art.
Watercolor is a difficult medium. It is a particularly difficult medium for painting figures, whether people or animals. Join local award-winning artist Paula Giltner as she teaches painting techniques for capturing proportion, scale, anatomy, and the subject’s essence. Live models will be used in this advanced, 5-week class. Students must have some watercolor painting experience. Cost: $125. To pre-enroll phone: 417-623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

April 9: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Invention Convention (Grades K-5), 9–11:30am at St. Paul’s Preschool.
Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Awesome Adventure Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration – artfeedsjoplin2ndsaturday.eventbrite.com.

April 9: Glass Night Light (Ages 9+) with Jane McCaulley, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Join glass artist and instructor,Jane McCaulley in making a night light that is sure to glow and can be used anywhere in your home. 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 or borrow a pair. Space is limited to 12 students; pre-registration is required. Cost: $25.

April 23: Earth Day Elephant Bottle (Ages 6-12) with Sarah Serio, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Come celebrate Earth Day at Spiva and make an adorable elephant from recycled materials! Express your love of animals, the environment, and art all in one class. Cost: $10.

Wednesdays (until April 27): Dance Composition (Ages 9-14), 4–5pm, Spiva Center for the Arts.
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. Cost: $45. Call (417) 623-0183 to register.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required. 

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Saturdays | 12:30–3pm | Paint the Masters…and More!
Try your hand at Impressionism and Modern Art. Enjoy creating your very own work of art! Students may choose from a wide variety of paintings by the masters, such as: Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Miro, and Picasso. Seasonal themes will be available. Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling (417) 553-0835. $35 (materials included).

Phoenix Fired Art

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts

Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert (Ages 14-18)
 | 5–8pm
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 a 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. Classes are held on Mondays from Sept. 21 – Nov. 16. Call 417-623-0183 to register. Cost $105 for 9 wks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down.

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Must pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. Cost: $6/class

Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
(beginning Wednesday, Mar. 2) | 10:30–11:30am
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 child. Register early as space is limited to eight children. Call (417) 623-0183 to pre-register. Cost: $6 per class

Young Painter (Ages 6-12)
Thursdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, he/she will love this painting class. Artist and instructor Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and pre-registration. Cost: $11/class


Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.