Class-Art-Camps-2015-BannerWhile 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!
Spiva Center for Arts Summer 2014SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Summers 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:

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

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

Prices of each class/camp vary. Please visit for full details. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Jazz Camp 2015


Jazz Camp 2015
Tue–Fri | July 14–17 | 9am–3pm
MSSU Music Department

Final Recital: July 17 at 6pm

The MSSU 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 both playing and improvising. The MSSU 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 and continue to innovate and seek out new forms of musical expression.

What to expect: Get ready to have a blast learning how to improvise! Classes include combos, big band, ear training/transcription, history of jazz, world rhythms and more! Faculty: Levi Randolph, Kyle Babbitt, Scott Harris, Bill Punch, Tyler Graves, & Matt Brusca Registration/Website: or Contact: Levi Randolph (camp director) –

Cost: $150 (includes tuition, t-shirt, and all camp materials). [spacer height=”0px”]

Wildcat Summer Art Camp


Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp (Ages 7-12)
Tue–Fri | June 16–19 and/or July 7–10 | 12:30–3:30pm
Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? Help cultivate their interests by attending this art camp! Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, the class meets at the Center each afternoon and uses nature for inspiration to create three original pieces of art. A child to adult ratio of at least 10:1 ensures a safe and educational experience for all. Fee includes all art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

Cost: $125 per week. Call: (417) 782-6287 to register! Payment by check or cash only to instructor.[spacer height=”0px”]


Summer Workshop (Grades K-12) directed by Lisa Wood
This summer, JLT will be offering four separate weeks of workshop. All workshops have morning (9am–Noon) or afternoon (1–4pm) options unless otherwise noted. Enrollment may be made by contacting the JLT box office, (417) 623-3638 or by clicking here.

  • Week 1: Dream Catchers | June 8–12
  • Week 2: Techies Week (Ages 12+) | June 15–18 | 6–9pm
  • Week 3: Stars and Stripes | July 13–17
  • Week 4: Stars and Stripes | July 20–24

Cost: $60 per student per session. [spacer height=”0px”]

Art Feeds Second Saturday Summer 2015ART FEEDS JOPLIN

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 Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. Sign up for any or all, but hurry because spots are limited! Programs include:

Art Around the World
Sat, June 13 | 9–11:30am
Ever wonder what art is like in other countries? Well, grab your suitcase and buckle your seatbelt for a creative adventure exploring art around the world! We will be learning about other cultures and trying out their forms of expression and creativity to bring back as souvenirs! This workshop includes four 30 minute lessons and a mid-morning snack.

Under the Sea
Sat, July 11 | 9–11:30am
Calling all Spongebob, Ariel and Nemo fans – our favorite landscape is featured in this one. We’ll create 4 different projects inspired by anything and everything under water for this summer workshop. No swimsuits needed, just the biggest imagination this side of the Atlantic. 

Each workshop costs $25 for pre-registration, which includes 4 projects as well as a snack.[spacer height=”0px”]

Phoenix Fired Art Summer 2014


Summer Mud Clay Camp (Ages 8-12)
July 6 – 10 | 9:30am–Noon at Phoenix Fired Art
Phoenix Fired Art is hosting a clay camp for kids, where kids get to learn all about wheel throwing and hand building in a basic clay course designed for kids. All firing and materials included in cost. All instructors are experienced and background checked. Each student will receive a camp t-shirt!

Members $150; Non-Members $175. Call (417) 437-9281 to register.[spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Public Library Summer Camps 2015JOPLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Art Workshops for 1st-5th graders courtesy of Art Feeds
Join the imaginative group from Art Feeds for a special summer reading art workshop.  Children will explore their creative side through art, friendship and fun! Click on each workshop to register. Note: Workshops are free, however, children may only attend one art workshop per month.

  • Fri, June 5 | 9:45am–Noon | Registration begins May 26th
  • Fri, June 19 | 9:45am–Noon | Registration begins June 8th
  • Fri, July 17 | 9:45am–Noon | Registration begins July 6th

Explore & Play!
This Library program entails fun, hands-on time for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers! Families will explore specially created “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Suggested age range: 1-5 years. Free.

  • Explore & Play! It’s Superhero Day! | Sat, June 20 at 10:30am
  • Explore & Play! It’s Community Hero Day! | Sat, July 18 at 10:30am [spacer height=”0px”]


Historic American Indian Pots in Polymer Clay (Ages 5+)
Sat, June 13 | 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades
You will make, decorate, and take home pinch and coil pots from polymer clay. Natural items will be used to create texture and earth pigments will add color. Children 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by Fri, June 12. Call 417-825-3318 or email

Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free; clay, materials, and tutorials provided. [spacer height=”0px”]

Karens Dance Studio Summer Camps FlyerKAREN’S DANCE STUDIO

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

  • Princess Camp (Ages 3-6) | June 1–4 | 9am–11:30am
  • Summer Dance Jam (Ages 6-9) | June 8–11 | 9am–11:30am
  • Ballet Camp (Ages 9+) | June 8–11 | 6–8:30pm

All camps will be held at KDS (2113 Davis Blvd, Joplin, MO 64804). To register or for more info call (417) 623-1093, email Students must register by the first day of camp.

Cost: $90 per camp (most include snacks and gifts). [spacer height=”0px”]

Crackpot Pottery Summer 2015CRACKPOT POTTERY & ART STUDIO
Saturday Drop In Class
Saturdays | 10am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio
Drop-in and play with clay! No 8-week commitment required. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
Cost: $30 (plus clay).[spacer height=”0px”]

MRB is still working out dates and times for summer class offerings. Check out their website and Facebook page for updates and call Kaye Lewis at (417) 439-9549 for more information/to reserve your spot! [spacer height=”0px”]

TJ Summer Discovery Academy 2014THOMAS JEFFERSON IDS

TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy runs from June 17 – August 7 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 others last two-weeks. In addition to the arts-related courses, TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy offers academic enrichment courses for students in any school and all grades. Register online at or call TJ at (417) 781-5124 for additional information. [spacer height=”0px”]


Missouri Folk Art Camp
Tue–Thu | June 16–18 | 1–4pm in the Cafeteria
Students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are invited to join Mrs. Stewart for a fun-filled camp where they will learn more about the State of Missouri while making folk art crafts. Students will make a tin-type project, a pillow, and work with clay. They will also be entertained with live folk music!

Cost: $60. Call (417) 659-9092 to register. [spacer height=”0px”]


Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Summer Art Camp (Ages 8-12)
Tue–Thu | June 23–25 | 10am–Noon
Registration deadline: June 15
Firehouse Pottery is looking forward to fun with young artists and their creativity. Students will paint tiles, using different techniques and their unique imaginations! Register by calling (417) 553-0671, emailing, or “book online” via their Facebook page.

Cost: $100/camper. [spacer height=”0px”]


Saturday Painting Class (Ages 8+)
Saturdays (resuming May 23) | 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! Some themes to look forward to? Father’s Day Memory,  Paint Your Pooch or Kitty, Firecracker Frenzy, and Beach Party. Parents are also welcome to come and paint. This class has a limited number of spots so please call (417) 553-0835 to reserve your spot ASAP! All materials are furnished.

Cost: $35 per class, per student. [spacer height=”0px”]


Open Studio (All Ages)
Mon–Wed | 1–9pm
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.

Cost: $25 (includes 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons). [spacer height=”0px”]


Tree Dwellers: Got Art?
June 14–19 | $240 at Camp Mintahama
Try your hand at pottery and painting! Make a dream catcher and a beaded necklace. At the end of the week, you’ll create an art gallery of your art for the rest of camp to see. This is a week long resident art camp at Camp Mintahama. Girls sleep in tree houses and create all week. Email for more info. [spacer height=”0px”]