Available for booking on demand, Spark is a series of fun and interactive arts experiences, designed by Patch, in collaboration with artists, to provide innovative creative learning opportunities in schools.
Two in-classroom Spark experiences are available to kindergarten to year three students in terms three and four – Once Upon a Jar, and Glow & Tell. In Once Upon a Jar, a visitor shares mysterious stories and engages with students to create their own imaginative adventures, and in Light Painting students are immersed in storytelling, complete with live-drawn glowing UV artworks.
Bringing Patch’s signature interactive style to the classroom inspires and engages students, igniting students’ imaginations and creative thinking. Each experience has been devised in consultation with school classes to connect with curriculum capabilities tailored to the age group. In addition to being a fantastic learning opportunity for students, Spark provides teachers with the tools to integrate creative play into their classroom teaching through accompanying education resources.
Over 2,000 students across South Australia have enjoyed Spark, including many from regional areas. Spark: Once Upon a Jar performer Stephen Sheehan said, “You can see how schools are benefiting from this program and how important it is to bring theatre to remote locations.”
It’s been a highlight of my professional career to be involved in the work.
The program has received an outstanding response, with many students and teachers expressing how it’s impacted them. One year three student said, “I enjoyed it VERY MUCH”, while a teacher shared that their students were “enthralled watching and participating” and the teaching staff loved it as much as the students.
Spark experiences are highly engaging and provide a unique opportunity for students to experience the magic of the arts within the convenience of their classroom.
To bring Patch Theatre’s Spark to your school visit:
Delivering Spark in schools across regional SA is made possible thanks to funding from the Department for Education and the generous support of FWH Foundation, Lang Foundation, and an anonymous foundation.