Summer Art Camps & Classes 2017

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!


Next Generation Performing Arts Camp

At MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd)
All applications are due on or before May 15th, 2017

New to the summer arts camps and classes offerings is the Next Generation Performing Arts Camp. This camp will provide an artistic, immersive educational opportunity for emerging (ages 13-19) actors, dancers, and musicians during the summer. There are two different programs to choose from:

Musical Theater Program (Ages 13–19)
July 16–23 | Cost: $350 | Registration deadline: May 15th

Students will receive instruction in acting, voice, dance, and additional curriculum related to musical theatre. Faculty and staff are established performing artists who regularly work in regional and professional theatre companies and serve as university professors. In addition to the musical production, students will have the opportunity to perform on student recitals, building self–confidence skills. Vocal soloists will be accompanied and coached by collaborative artists extensively trained in musical theatre repertoire. A full–length musical production will be performed at the end of the week, open to the public to showcase the students’ accomplishments. Contact Info: Valerie Canon (musicaltheater@nextgencamp.com) or Dr. Jan Hanson (musicaltheater@nextcamp.com).

Strings and Collaborative Piano Program (Ages 13–19)
July 16–23 | Cost: $350 | Registration deadline: May 15th

All young artists attending camp will receive private lessons, chamber music coaching, and music theory instruction from faculty and staff with active performing and teaching careers. The festival orchestra performs two concerts featuring a variety of literature for strings. Each student is assigned to an age–appropriate chamber music ensemble. These chamber groups receive intensive coaching to assist emerging professionals in rehearsing, exploring, and preparing the work for performance on the final concert. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to perform a selection from their solo repertoire during camp recitals. Contact Info: Dr. Jim Waddelow (instrumental@nextgencamp.com).

Each camp costs $350 for the entire week, this includes tuition, room and board along with all course materials. $25 non-refundable application fee; $125 deposit to hold students spot if accepted; remaining $200 paid upon arrival to finalize registration. Click on the respective program’s title to register. 


Creative Arts Academy

June 11–16 | 3:00pm | Cost: $250
At Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St)
Registration Deadline: June 1st, 2017

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 film, music, writing, and dance. Learn worship and creative arts from our staff and professional artists in four tracks:

Musical Arts: vocal, instrumental, and worship leading
Technical Arts: audio production, sound design, lighting and stage design
Visual Arts: photography, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, and animation
Performing Arts: theater, dance, and writing

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


Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Preschool Summer Art Camps (Ages 3–5)
10:00–11:30am | Cost: $50

Art Explorers
Week 1: June 6–8
Send your little artist on an adventure through the worlds of famous artists like Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci! During this camp participants will learn about iconic works of art and bring home their own masterpieces!

Tinker Camp
Week 2: June 13–15
Learn about fun ways to use recycled objects in crafts! Students will make projects on the themes of water conservation and recycling. This camp makes big ideas easy for our littlest artist to understand and enjoy!

Creative Cafe
Week 3: June 20–22
Come create edible art during the Creative Cafe! This three day adventure gives your little chef the opportunity to build, decorate, and think outside the box with edible materials!

Amazing Animals
Week 4: June 27–29
Experience  an imaginary safari, explore the ocean, and create art about the animals that live in our area!

Once Upon a Time
Week 5: July 11–13
This camp is for all the youngest story tellers out there! Come make art about your favorite fairy tales, learn to make a story with your friends during our collaborative story time, and have fun imagining new worlds to explore during this magical, creative camp!

Squish, Squash, Sculpt
Week 6: July 18–20
For all those little artists who like to get a little messy, this camp is for them! Come build with model magic and all kinds of fun, new materials! Learn how to use basic shapes to sculpt animals, flowers, and anything you can imagine!

Candyland Creations
Week 7: July 25–27
Come create yummy art based on all of our favorite deserts! You’ll  be making things like doughnut sunglasses, cupcake sculptures, and we’ll look at paintings by artists like Wayne Theibaud who make sweet, sweet artwork!

Fantastic Fibers
Week 8: August 1–3
This camp will be full of all things fuzzy, soft, and full of texture!

Art–A–Palooza
Week 9: August 15–17
Wear your paint clothes and get ready for a color explosion!  Learning about mixing colors and making brilliant, bright artwork all through this camp!

Youth Summer Arts Camps (Ages 6–12)
12:30–5:30pm

*Glass Camp | Cost: $100
Week 1: June 6–8
Come and learn from artist Jane McCaulley in this three day glass-crafting adventure! Create beautiful mosaic and works of art that interact with natural light in beautiful ways! Ages 9-12 are welcome.

Recycled Art Adventures | Cost: $90
Week 2: June 13–15
Learn to live creatively with artist Sarah Serio! This camp will explore the basics of sculpture using reclaimed objects. Discover new ways to take care of the environment and utilize nature in artwork during this 3 day recycling art adventure.

Printmaking Camp | Cost: $90
Week 3: June 20–22
Explore the diverse world of printmaking with professional print-maker, Sarah Serio. This camp will give you the opportunity to learn about different print-making techniques and materials while creating fun, fabulous artwork!

Drawing Camp | Cost: $90
Week 4: June 27–29
Draw, sketch, and doodle through this adventurous camp while dividing into new mediums like charcoal, sumi ink, and conté!

Photograph Camp | Cost: $90
Week 5: July 11–13
Did you miss out on the PhotoSpiva workshops? Are you looking for more fun with a camera? Drop in for a 3 day camp on all things photography! Students will learn the basics of photo composition and the history of photography, and also have the opportunity to polish their story-telling skills through the photos they take!

Clay Camp $100
Week 6: July 17, 19, 21
Come sculpt and create with artist and teacher Lacey Satillian! This class takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to the nature of the materials they will be working with. 

Painting Camp | Cost: $90
Week 7: July 25–27
Get ready to dive into 3 days of messy, creative fun with artist and teacher, Audrey Wheeler! This camp will explore different painting mediums and delve into diverse styles and techniques in a fresh, fun way! For all the young Van Gogh and Da Vinci’s out there, this camp is for you.

Fiber Arts Camp | Cost: $90
Week 8: August 1–3
Are you fascinated by weaving? Do you ever wonder how fabrics are made or decorated? Well this camp is for you! Come learn from textile artist, Audrey Wheeler as she explores different kinds of weaving, fabric dying, and stitching! Discover artists who live here and around the world who create their artwork using the fiber art techniques you’ll learn with Audrey!

*Clay Camp II  | Cost: $100
Week 9: August 7, 9, 11
Learn new techniques in sculpting and ceramics! This camp will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to the nature of the materials used.

*Please note these camps begin at age 9 for safety reasons.

Tween Summer Arts Camp: Visual Storytelling (Ages 13–14)
August 15–17 | 12:30–5:30 | Cost: $90
Whether you enjoy comic book art, Manga, cartoons, the art of Disney, or you just love the art of illustration, this camp is for you! During this three day camp you’ll learn about what makes a character strong, how to tell a story through a single image as well as through a comic book layout. By the end of this camp you will have created and illustrated your own story.

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


Joplin Jazz Camp (Grades 6–12)

July 10 & 11 | 9:00am–3:00pm
July 12 & 13 | 2:00–5:00pm
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 an 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.

To register for Joplin Jazz Camp, visit tjeffschool.org/jazz and fill out the registration form. For more information call 417.434.5779. 


Karen’s Dance Studio (2113 Davis Blvd)

Princess Camp (Ages 3–7)
June 5–8 | 9:00–11:00am
Join for a week of Princess magical fun! Play princess games, read stories, have snacks, and of course learn Princess dances. There will be a special ballet performance from a popular princess and the camp’s finale will feature little princesses performing for their parents!

Cecchetti Ballet Camp (Ages 10+)
June 5–8 | 5:30–8:30pm
This camp is for the skilled ballet dancer that is looking to expand both their technical ability and knowledge of ballet. Cecchetti is the Italian method of ballet that systematically encourages strength, knowledge and technical expertise in dancers.

6 Week Summer Session
June 12–July 20th
This summer session offers ages 2 through adult various options for classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, hip hop tot, pointe, contemporary, acrobatics, voice, and more. Sign up for an extensive pre–k programs with lots of class times to chose from. Call today to reserve  your spot as class size is limited and spaces fill quickly!

To register for Karen’s Dance Studio camps, you can drop by the studio at 2113 Davis Blvd Joplin MO 64804 call 417-623-1093 or email info@karensdancestudio.com. 


Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Children Department
The Children’s Department offers many exciting arts and cultural opportunities for throughout the summer months. These offerings include: Drawing in Perspective, Dog Day Afternoon, Explore and Play, Finger Weaving, and many more. For a full schedule with days, times, and description, click here! Call 417.623.7953 for more info.

Teen Department
Anime/Manga Club
June 17 | 3:00pm
Discuss current manga reads, have guest speakers, play games, or work on your own manga creations. Most months, also watch at least one episode of anime. Also, there are snacks.

Fandom Fest – Pottermania
June 22 | 1:00–3:00pm
Head back to Hogwarts with a super colossal, Harry Potter geek out chock full of games, trivia, activities, crafts, and more. Costumes are highly encouraged but not required.

You Have A Voice
June 29 | 6:00–7:30pm
It’s your world, let your voice be heard. Discover how to effectively communicate with elected officials at all levels and how to connect to your community. This is a non-partisan, solely informational program.

Teen Book Club
July 6 | 1:00–2:00pm
Choose a book based on the theme and come prepared to chat about it. July’s theme: books with a red, white, or blue cover. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert provided.

To register for any of the teen or kids events please call 417.623.7953 or stop by the Children’s and Teen’s desk at the Joplin Public Library. 


Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr)

Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp – Recycling Renaissance! (Ages 7–12)
June 20–23 | 12:30–3:30pm | Cost: $125 per week
Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? Help cultivate their interests by sending them to this art camp! Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as inspiration to create original pieces of art. Making paper by hand can be a fun and simple process! It’s a great way to use scrap paper. With basic instruction, beautiful handmade paper will be produced! Some scrap paper will be supplied but students are encouraged to bring heavier weight and color scrap paper. Create animal sculptures from recycled materials, too! Using a variety of plastic bottles, small to medium size boxes, cardboard pieces, etc., everyone will construct an additive sculpture part by part! Add paint, paper and bring items for eyes, horns and texture to complete the details on your sensational creature! Pictures of animals in our region and view artist’s 3D sculptures from recycled materials. Pre-registration and payment to instructor due by noon on June 16th. Payment for this class should be by check or cash only to instructor. Fee includes most art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp (Ages 8–14)
July 11–14 | 12:30–3:30pm | Cost: $125 per week
Terrariums, botanical cards and more! Led by certified art teacher Anne–Marie Gailey, we meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as inspiration to create original pieces of art. Create your own unique mini–world of plants by making a beautiful, low maintenance garden of small plants, rocks and soil. Learn about plants, water and soil. Plan a theme and bring miniature figurines and other small items to decorate with. Next, you will illustrate botanical cards. Discover native plants and using color pencils and watercolor, compose different designs. Add a bird or insect! Repeat these for a set of cards! Explore the plant illustrations of several botanical artists and of course the birds of Audubon, too. Students may bring a few very small, waterproof items to add to their terrariums, if they wish. Pre–Registration and payment to instructor due by July 7th. Payment for this class should be by check or cash only to instructor. Fee includes most art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

Camp Wildcat Summer Day Camp (Ages 7–12)
June 20– June 23 and/or July 11–July 14 | 8:00am–Noon
Cost: $100 per child per week members; $125 per child per week non–members
Do you have a young naturalist at home? Help cultivate that interest in nature by sending them to our outdoor summer camp! Led by qualified staff and volunteers, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors to explore various habitats. Each day we’ll learn about different groups of animals: birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects and other invertebrates. Limited to 12 children. Children should be in good physical condition and able to hike in summer weather. We will provide a snack, or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am.–12:30 pm. Partial scholarships available from Wild Birds Unlimited for children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school. Payment for this class should be by check or cash only to instructor. Fee includes most art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

Camp Wildcat Teen Adventure Camp (Ages 13-17)
June 27–30 | 8:00am–Noon
Cost: $150 per child per week members; $175 per child per week non-members

Ready for some adventure? How about kayaking, a zip-line, and some shooting sports? We’ll do these fun outdoor activities along with a trip to a certified challenge course to test our courage and do some team-building. We’ll also learn about outdoor ethics and the leave no trace philosophy, and volunteer for a community habitat improvement project. Led by qualified staff and volunteers, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors for our adventure. Limited to 10 children. Children should be in good physical condition. We will provide a snack, or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30am–12:30pm.

You may register for any of Wildcat’s camps by calling 417.782.6287, stopping by to do it in person, or by emailing your information to wildcatglades@audubon.org. 


Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St)

This summer Joplin Little Theatre will be offering two weeks of fun workshops for ages K-12. Both workshops have morning (9am–Noon) and afternoon (1–4pm) sessions to allow everyone the opportunity to take part. Cost for each session is $65, a pre-enrollment discount of $60 is available if enrolled by May 31, 2017.

Peace/Hippies Week
Week 1: June 26–30
Morning: 9:00–12:00am
Afternoon: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Video Games Week
Week 2: July 10–14
Morning: 9:00–12:00am
Afternoon: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Register for Joplin Little Theatre workshops by clicking the “Buy tickets” on the Joplin Little Theatre website, by calling 417.623.3638 during regular office hours or by stopping  by JLT during regular office hours. 


Phoenix Fired Art (Ages 8–12)

July 31–August 4 | 9:30–Noon
At Phoenix Fired Art (1603 W 1st St)

Students will get instruction in basic throwing, hand–building (pinching, coiling and working with slabs) and sculpting. Cost: $175 and includes a T–shirt and all clay glaze and firing. Phoenix members get a $25 discount.

To register, call Phoenix Fired at 417.437.9281. 


Thomas Jefferson IDS (3401 Newman Rd)

TJ Summer Discovery Academy 2014Summer discovery academy summer enrichment camps at TJ start on June 14. TJ summer enrichment courses offer something for everyone, and many of the courses are focused on the arts, sciences and academics. They offer opportunities for children in all grades to explore there interests in: string instruments, dramatic performance, computer programming, digital filmmaking, studio arts, photograph and photoshop, rocket science, claymation, stop motion video, robotics, musical theatre performance and musical theatre production (lights, sound, sets and stage management). 

– Summer Strings Camp
– Joplin Jazz Camp
– Summer musical production for ages K-6
– “Behind-the-scenes” musical production (lights, sound, stage management, sets, costumes, etc.)
– Trip to Tulsa to see Matilda the musical
– Studio arts for grades K-5
– Studio Arts for grades 6-12

Register your child today at tjschool.org/summer. Enrollment is offered to students pre K –12. 


Joplin High School Kids’ Show Choir Camp

May 22–26 | 7:30–11:30am | Cost: $60
At Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave)

Spend an active week learning new songs and choreography at this week-long camp sponsored by Joplin High School Show Choirs. Kids who will be in Grades 2-8 in 2017-18 will make new friends, and develop a terrific show to perform for parents and friends on Thursday at 11:30am. Parents can drop off kids by 7:30am, and pick them up by 11:30am.

Cost is $60 and includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. Click here to register. 


Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School (2101 Stephens Blvd)

June 19–24

– Tiny Tutus! (Ages 2-3)
– Inside Out (Ages 4-6)
– Transformers (Ages 7-10)
– Musical Theater (Ages 11-13)
– Broadway and Beyond! (Ages 12+)

For more information about times, prices, and registration please call 417.439.9549.  


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

At Camp Mintahama (address will be given upon registration)

“Pool Party” Camp (K-1)
June 14 | Cost: Early Bird: $40, On Time: $65

“Ooey, Gooey Messy” (K-1)
June 21-22 | Cost: Early Bird: $80, On Time: $105

“Short & Sweet” (K-2)
June 25 – 27 | Cost: Early Bird: $120, On Time: $145

“Goo, Glop, Fizz” (Grades 2-3)
June 25 – 27 | Cost: Early Bird: $120, On Time: $145

“Wild Art Adventure” (Grades 2-3)
June 21- 23 | Cost: Early Bird: $130, On Time: $155

“Princess in Training” (Grades 2-3)
June 18 – 20 | Cost: Early Bird: $120, On Time: $145

“Just Keep Swimming” (Grades 2-3)
June 14 – 16 | Cost: Early Bird: $120, On Time: $145

“Once Upon a Time” (Grades 2-3)
June 28 – 30 | Cost: Early Bird: $120, On Time: $145

“H20 Extreme” (Grades 4-5)
June 11 – 16 | Cost: Early Bird: $240, On Time: $265

“Boatin’ and Floatin’” (Grades 4-5)
June 25 – 30, | Cost: Early Bird: $240, On Time: $265

“Cupcake Wars” (Grades 4-5)
June 25 – 30 | Cost: Early Bird: $250, On Time: $275

“Tree Dwellers: Mysteries of the Night” (Grades 4-5)
June 18- 23 | Cost: Early Bird: $240, On Time: $265

“Tree Dwellers: Zombie Survival” (Grades 4-5)
June 11 – 18 | Cost: Early Bird: $250, On Time: $275

“Saddles & Paddles” (Grades 4-5)
June 18 – 23, | Cost: Early Bird: $350, On Time: $375

“Zombie Apocalypse” (Grades 4-5)
June 18 – 23 | Cost: Early Bird: $250, On Time: $275

“DIY-namite” (Grades 6-12)
June 11 – 16 | Cost: Early Bird: $250, On Time: $275

“My Camp, My Rules” (Grades 6-12)
June 25 – 30 | Cost: Early Bird: $240, On Time: $265

“Tree Dwellers: Survivor” (Grades 6-12)
June 25 – 30 | Cost: Early Bird: $240, On Time: $265


Friends of Camp Mintahama

At Camp Mintahama (address will be given upon registration)

Blue Bird Day Camp (Grades K–1)
July 19–20 | 9:00am–5:00pm | Cost: $60
Learn about the Missouri state bird, native flowers, and the animals, insects and plants at Camp Mintahama. Swim, sing, hike, and make new friends! Girl Scout Daisies will earn the Use Resources Wisely petal.

Fly Away! (Grades 2–3)
July 16–18 | Cost: $120
The perfect first sleep–away camp! Use all your senses to learn about birds, bugs, flying objects, and enjoy traditional camp activities. Girl Scout Brownies will earn the Hiker and Bugs badges.

Magic at Mintahama | Grades 4–5
Cost: $240
Join fellow Harry Potter fans as you experience the Sorting Hat, compete in a Quidditch match, hike in the Forbidden Forest, and make fabulous Hogwarts crafts! Girl Scout Juniors will earn the Outdoor Camper and Playing the Past badges.

Unplug, Relax, Create | Grades 4–5
Cost: $240
Relax in the woods with yoga and meditation. Free your creative spirit through nature–inspired crafts. Traditional camp activities round out a fabulous week of fun. Girl Scout Juniors will earn Digital Photography, Healthy Living, and Outdoor Art Explorer badges.

Wizard Adventures | Grades 6–10
Cost: $240
Find your way back to Hogwarts for another summer adventure. Spend time on the Quidditch pitch, create your own Marauder’s Map, and explore the creepy crawlies that inhabit the Chamber of Secrets. Girl Scout Cadettes will earn the Night Owl and Good Sportsmanship badges and Seniors will earn the Collage Artist and Game Visionary badges.

Dream Catchers | Grades 6–10
Cost: $240
Let your imagination run free. Create an art journal to collect drawings and thoughts. Try your hand at creative writing, and document your ex–periences through photography. Girl Scout Seniors will earn the Sky badge, Cadettes the Book Artist badge.

To register for Friends of Mintahama Camps, click here.