“Art Sparks is an exceptional multimedia approach to science and art, tapping into the creativity and imagination of young people. What a magical experience! It takes learning out of the confining niches of subject matter and shows us the interconnectedness of life and thought. Any school should implement this with success.”
Susan S. Leonard, Academic Dean at the Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York, NY
Art Sparks: A Breakthrough Toolkit for Igniting Creativity and Empowerment, for ages 8-12, breaks new ground by providing a bridge between childhood creativity and personal growth. Complemented by an award-winning film, the multimedia expressive arts program combines three Big Ideas: Self-Worth, Creativity, and the Cosmos / Big History.
Art Sparks’ unique socio-emotional tool with art therapy and Big History components yields proven powerful results. The innovative curriculum strengthens emotional quotient (EQ) skills, including classroom engagement, self-esteem, verbal and visual communication, creativity, and empowerment. Art Sparks facilitates intentional acts of self-expression—as embodied experience—in a holistic framework. This is the key to its success. Its six-step methodology can be adapted for various ages, educational venues, and projects.
At a middle school for at-risk youth in New York, a 10-year-old boy transformed dramatically from an anxious loner to a warm relaxed student with significantly improved learning and social skills. His teacher now calls him “the poster child for Art Sparks’ therapeutic results.”
Art Sparks has demonstrated noteworthy outcomes in private and public schools in the United States and Europe. Since 2014, Art Sparks has taken San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, New York, from STEM to STEAM. Art Sparks has been presented at the 2019 international conference of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), and the 2013 national convention of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) as well as graduate programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)—one of the country’s premier art schools.
Art Sparks creativity program is designed for teachers, therapists, librarians, homeschoolers, and anyone interested in children’s emotional health and wellness. The program can be adapted for different ages, and be used in various venues, including school, after-school, and library programs; art and community centers; health and wellness settings; and museums and galleries.
Here are some sample Art Sparks’ art activities:
Art Sparks' Color-Coded Table of Contents
Visualize Words Art Activity
Art Sparks' Technicolor Dreamboat Art Activity
Art Sparks' Dance Cards for Movement / Art Activity about Growth