Art Within Reach

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

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Photo by Kevin O’Riley

Printmaking at the creamery
Learn printmaking techniques with the Printmaking Group at The Creamery Arts Center, hosted by Roxie Castro (right). Save your seat by calling 417-862-2787. For more classes offered by The Springfield Regional Arts Council, visit 


Paint Pottery
Paint your own pottery at Firehouse Pottery in Springfield. For all the ladies out there, Firehouse Pottery hosts a girls’ night out each month for adults 18 and older. Bring food and drink. Call 417-881-8381 or visit for more info. 


Paint a Masterpiece
• Take a painting class at Local Color Art Gallery in Joplin. Visit for a full class listing.
• Bring a bottle of wine, and invite your friends for a night of painting at RSVPaint in Springfield. Visit for an updated class listing, or call 417-413-4331.
• Attend Corks2Canvas in Branson, which provides all the materials you needyou just bring wine and a few painting pals. Visit or call 417-337-2905 for more info. 


Learn about Art of all Sorts 
• The Springfield Art Museum offers classes for painting, pottery and drawing. Visit for more info.
• Take art classes at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin. From pottery to jewelry-making, Spiva offers classes in almost any medium. The schedule changes often, so visit for a list of classes.


Make a Film in 48 Hours
Test your metal at filmmaking with SATO48. Filmmakers have 48 hours to create five-minute short films. The 2014 SATO48 challenge kick-off has not been finalized but traditionally takes place the third weekend of April. Call 917-648-5677 or visit for more info.

Blind Love by Abstract Expressions

Expiration by Brutal Brothers Films

Champion of Fire by 84OTAS

The Big Kiss Goodnight by 
Infocus Media Productions


Join Open Art Sessions
Get your art on at the weekly Art Jam hosted by LemonDrop and SquidFoo in Springfield. Each Sunday from 4–6 p.m., the gallery is open to artists of all skill levels and mediums to socialize and create. Bring your own art supplies.


Paint Outside
Get outside, and paint with Springfield Plein Air. This group is free and open to all with meetings every Thursday, April through October. Call 417-830-9044 for more info, or check them out on Facebook.


Learn Photography
• Photographers of all skill levels are invited to  monthly meetings of the Four States Photography Enthusiasts. This informal club meets the first Tuesday each month in Webb City. Call Danny Wilson at 417-529-4864 for more info.
Freedom Photography offers classes with walking tours, wine and photo editing tips. Visit for more info.
Lawrence Photo and Video in Springfield has classes for DSLR cameras, exposure, composition, lighting, studio lighting and even Photoshop. Call 417-883-8300 for more info. 


Throw Pottery
• Become a pottery master at Phoenix Fired Art in Joplin, where you can learn the art of throwing and firing ceramics. Call 417-437-9281 for more info or find them on Facebook.
• Take a pottery class at Springfield Pottery. Visit to learn about upcoming classes.


Work with Glass
Take a class at Springfield Hot Glass Studio. Classes range from glass bead making to glass blowing. For more info visit 

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