Art Within Reach

Dispersed throughout 417-land is a buzzing art scene that is constantly evolving and growing.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Art For Kids

Whether your little ones dream of painting like Picasso or shining on stage, there’s a class or camp that can help them. Explore what’s offered for kids in the 417-land arts’ scene, and help your child find his or her artistic passion.


Art Classes

Moxie Mornings at  Moxie Cinema in Springfield shows short films and provides hands-on art projects every two weeks. This event is free. 431 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield,

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio in Joplin has painting classes each Saturday from 12:30–3 p.m. for ages 8 and older. 1027 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-553-0835,

Springfield Art Museum hosts three-week long art camps in July. 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield, 417-837-5700,

RSVPaint now has kids’ classes! Every Saturday afternoon, the studio opens for family paint day from 2–4 p.m. 440 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-413-4331,



Take the little ones to their first pottery painting session at Firehouse Pottery in Springfield. There are stamps and stencils to make it super-easy and super-fun. 4150 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-881-8381,

Each summer, Springfield Pottery welcomes back Kids Camp when kids of all ages can get their hands dirty making pottery. 416 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-864-4677,     

Each Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–noon, Pheonix Fired Art in Joplin hosts drop-in classes when kids 8 and older can come in and take a pottery class. 1603 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-437-9281                    

 Village Pottery Café in Republic hosts kids’ birthday parties where youngsters can celebrate while painting pottery. 210 N. Walnut Ave., Republic, 417-732-7272,



Joplin Public Library has a variety of kids’ classes, including a Lego club where kids gather and unleash their creative juices. 300 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-623-7953,

Springfield-Greene County Library has a variety of classes each month, including knitting, weaving, jewelry making, painting and even origami. Visit for a complete listing and to find a library near you.

George A. Spiva Center For the Arts offers jewelry making classes along with classes in photography, painting, sculpting and more. 222 W. Third St., Joplin, 417-623-0183,                                 



Ann’s Performing Arts Center in Springfield has dance classes for kids and even offers private instruction. Visit for a full class listing and enrollment form. 1440 E. Lark Ln., Ste. A, Springfield, 417-881-1211

Springfield Ballet offers mommy and me dance classes focused on simple stretches and dance steps, and dance training for kids and adults. There’s also a six-week summer course at The Creamery Arts Center. 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-862-1343,

Kids 5 and older can become baton twirling pros at Ovation Studios in Carthage and Joplin. The dance studio also has classes in tap, ballet, tumbling, jazz, hip hop and more.  2111 S. River St., Carthage; 2639 E. 32nd St., Joplin, 1-800-792-3891,

Premier Dance Academy has dance classes including ballet and tap to jazz and hip hop. 1651 S. Business Hwy. 65, Hollister, 417-335-5061,  

Learn the art of clogging and Irish dance at Pat’s Clogging Studios. 711 W. Farm Rd. 84, Springfield, 417-833-4827,                            

Kidos can take ballet lessons at Credo Dance Academy. 931 S. Kickapoo Ave., Springfield, 417-496-9527,       


Performing & Music

The Conservatory of the Ozarks in Springfield teaches private music and art lessons. Call 417-592-1756 for more info.

New this year, Springfield School of Rock offers lessons in guitar, piano, drums, vocal and more. For more info visit              

Children’s Music Academy offers music lessons for piano, singing, guitar and more. Call 417-425-4618 for a complete listing.

The Skinny Improv in Springfield offers KID-Prov Summer Camp each June for kids ages 7–15. 308 South Ave., Springfield, 417-831-5233, 

Springfield Little Theatre has tons of acting classes broken down by age group. Kids ages 5 to 12 can also take a one-day workshop. The day is packed with games, improvisation, dance and an end of the day performance. The next workshop is Oct. 16. 311 E. Walnut Ave., Springfield, 417-869-3869,                                                                                                                                                                              

Take acting 101 at Dance Branson School of The Arts. 1232 Branson Hills Pkwy., Ste. 104,  Branson, 417-337-3535,    

Joplin Little Theatre offers a children’s summer workshop for kids ages 8 and older. 3009 W. First St., Joplin, 417-623-3638,         


Wild Card  

Writing Workshops: The Creamery Arts Center  hosts a teen writing workshop every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-862-2787,

Cinema: Springfield Cinema Camp starts in July for ages 16–20 years old.

Music Writing: Each summer, Ernie Williamson Music has a two-week Rock Camp where kids learn to write and perform music. 925 S. Rangeline Ave., Joplin, 417-624-3157; 3100 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-881-1373,

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