ArtSparks Foundation was founded with an intent to enrich student learning through visual art and design. In our quest to shake up education, ArtSparks has been providing vibrant opportunities to develop essential 21st century learning and life skills in children. We have also been enabling teachers to reflect on their teaching practice and consider new ways to transform their students’ learning. It is our deep recognition of classroom teachers and education administrators as essential conduits to bringing about fundamental change to the way children learn that has lead us to the creation of EdSparks Collective. It is an outcome of our desire to reach out to more children by empowering educators, helping them spark curiosity, creativity and love of learning in their students.
EdSparks Collective is a one-of-a-kind professional development platform for educators and education administrators interested in exploring the full potential of visual arts and design to transform student learning. Carefully designed experiences will help build capacity to implement robust and rigorous visual art and design-based educational interventions that foster 21st century learning and life skills in children.
EdSparks Collective Membership Offerings Include:
Through EdSparks Collective, we hope to effectively reach and impact those who are charged with providing meaningful learning opportunities to children. If you are currently in the field of education and would like to become a member of EdSparks Collective, please fill out this Online Membership Application Form.
To learn more about 21st century learning and life skills, and our approach using visual art and design, click HERE . Don’t forget to explore the rest of our website to learn more about ArtSparks Foundation and the work we do!
1) Who is eligible to join EdSparks Collective?
Currently, we are inviting applications from anyone affiliated with education in Bangalore. Education administrators; nonprofit administrators; classroom teachers; resource people; teacher trainers; students of education, parents based in Bangalore are welcome to apply.
2) How can I become a member?
For those interested in becoming a member, please fill out this Online Application Membership Form. Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with an invoice for the membership fee.
- Registration closes on August, 18th, 2017
3) What does membership include?
Your membership within the EdSparks Collective gives you access to a total of 12 distinct visual art & design-based education workshop/seminar sessions, as well as access to curated resources and content, both off-line and on-line.
4) What is the medium of communication?
The medium of communication during the sessions will be English.
5) How long is an average workshop? Where do the workshops take place?
Workshops will range from 3 to 5 hours long on the weekend or a school holiday. Workshops will be conducted at various venues across Bangalore. Members will receive a schedule and location information in advance.
6) Do I have to attend all the workshops to maintain my membership status?
We strongly encourage our members to attend each scheduled session as the ideas shared are often connected, and are intended to help build a more holistic understanding of visual art and design-based education. Your presence also helps create a rich forum for peer discussions and learning. We understand however that at times you may not be able to attend a given session. If you need to miss a session, please inform us ahead of time. We would be happy to share with you the materials we have from a given session.
If you have any additional questions about EdSparks Collective, please fill out the form below.
What Others Have to Say About ArtSparks and Our Work:
“The most valuable experience that the programme has offered is that it has helped the children learn how to consider various perspectives, narrow down to a few things, and consider their points of emphasis that can help them put across their ideas powerfully. To see how willingly each student gave and received feedback was also great.”
—Teacher, 6th Std.
“I am noticing a lot of changes in the children since their participation here. For example when I am teaching Math the children are able to sit and work for longer periods of time which they were not able to before. They are putting more attention on details. They are not giving up easily and they are more curious to try. This is because they are learning these things in the Lab. I too am making connections. For example when I came to the Lab, seeing how when students were doing observation drawing a scaffold was provided to them that allowed them to recognize shapes in the animal images they were observing. I realized the importance of scaffold to help learning. And I am now creating scaffolds in my class to help children understand concepts.”
—Teacher, 6th & 7th Std.
“These Learning experiences are most valuable because I am finding a lot of improvement myself and also in many children. For students I thought were below the learning level. That I thought they could not do anything, and that I decided myself that even I could not do anything for them. After implementing these learning experiences I am shocked by their performances. For example the student who never is interested in class, does not pay attention, and does minimum effort. I am now seeing him take leadership role, come up with the ideas for his group, and stay focused while executing. I am feeling so happy with the improvement. I am now seeing that a little experience is much better than long theory.”
—Teacher, 6th Std.