Art Classes

At Creava Studio for the Arts it is our  mission to provide quality instruction, a comfortable environment, and the tools you need, to encourage you to explore and express your artistic nature.  We offer a variety of classes in a variety of mediums.  Levels of instruction will be customized according to your needs, from beginner to advanced.  Whether you are an experienced artist seeking new techniques or an absolute beginner, we can design a set of instruction to help you to achieve your goals.

We have provided class times below, but please be aware that we can create a learning experience just for your situation.  There is no minimum number to hold a class and most classes are repeated several times a week.  To find the time slot that works for you contact Debbie at 417-880-3531 to discuss times and class preferences.


This is a watercolor class that will accommodate all levels, from beginners to advanced.  There will be plenty of learning experiences for everyone.  Learn to paint from a lifelong professional artist and illustrator, who can teach you tips and techniques from her years of experience.  Watercolors are not as difficult as you might have been told, once you understand certain principals and methods of the medium.  Your instructor will help you learn the skills that are required for you to begin your creative journey.  Watercolors have unique qualities and spontaneous reactions that are unlike any other medium – they are exciting and a delight to paint with.  Come explore and play with this wonderful medium!

All supplies are provided for the beginning watercolor classes so that you will have the opportunity to work with different products before you purchase for your own studio.
Class will be taught by Debbie Wilson, professional artist and illustrator

Thursdays 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m. or  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

4 week sessions – $100 for first time students  $90 for returning students
Drop ins – $30

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The emphasis of this class will be on drawing and painting wildlife and animals.  We will begin with learning different techniques of drawing the animals, and progress to methods of painting the various elements (fur, feathers, eyes, etc.).  We will work from photographs – you may bring your own, or use one that will be provided for you.  There will be lots of demonstrations, learning exercises, and personal instruction, which will lead to a painting of the animal of your choice.

You may work in your choice of mediums (watercolor, acrylic, oils, etc.), however, we cannot allow solvents to be used in the studio due to lack of ventilation (turpentines – even the odorless mineral spirits are still toxic).  All supplies are included in the beginning classes, and discussion of the necessary products for you to purchase for your studio will be part of the curriculum.

Call Creava to schedule this class at 417-880-3531
6 week course
First time student $150
Returning student $140
Drop in class $30

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This class specifically explores techniques used in drawing and painting portraits.  We will learn special drawing strategies, facial proportion, color relationships, and much more, using a variety of mediums.  Students will be able to work from their own photos or the teacher can provide photos.  All supplies will be provided for beginning students.  Class will be taught by Debbie Wilson, professional artist and illustrator.  

4 Week Sessions
Call to schedule this class at 417-880-3531
First time students $100   Returning students $95   Drop in $30

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This is an interactive, individualized painting class that is designed for all experience levels from beginner to advanced.  Rather than doing a “paint along” type of class, you choose the medium (watercolor, graphite, acrylics, solvent free oils, pastels, etc.), and you choose the subject matter of the artwork that you would like to do.  I will help you to develop your composition, and teach you techniques and tips to take your idea from thumbnail to finished painting.  Although this will be a small group setting, you will receive lots of individualized instruction on your art project.

Four week sessions – $100 for first time students / $95 for returning students / $30 Drop in

Call to schedule this class at 417-880-3531


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You have artistic ability that is waiting to be unleashed!  Most people don’t realize that art is a skill that can be learned.  We use innovative and proven methods of teaching these skills and techniques.  You will begin with drawing exercises that are especially designed to develop your visual perception.  And, by the end of the series, you will be amazed at how much your drawing skills have improved.  All supplies are provided!Drawing Woman

Class is taught by Debbie Wilson, an award winning, professional artist and illustrator

Six weeks of 1.5 hour sessions

Tuesdays – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Or, call to find a time that works for you.

First time students – $150
Returning students – $140
Drop in class – $30

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This is a painting class geared towards beginners with your choice of using acrylic or oil paints (we will use a solvent free method of oil painting to protect the health of all of our students and teachers).  You will learn about color, composition, tips and techniques and much more, from a professional artist.  For the intermediate artist, you will explore new techniques, and learn skills that will help you to achieve the results that you desire.

This class is taught by Debbie Wilson, an award winning, experienced professional artist and illustrator.  This is an information packed four week class, with lots of demonstrations and hands on individualized instruction.  All supplies are included!

Adults and teens (14+)
4 weeks of 1.5 hour sessions
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Or, call to find a time that fits into your schedule.

First time student $100
Returning student $95

Drop in class $30


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