Sparketh on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and how you can learn art via online classes
Sparketh proved to be a saving grace for parents during the pandemic, now will they be able to impress the sharks as well
Like it or not, COVID-19 has changed the way the world does everything. Having an online presence now is more important than ever and if there is any business that has managed to stay afloat and succeed during this time, its e-commerce. One aspect that grew exponentially during this time is the e-learning space, as people used online platforms to keep themselves occupied. And while parents struggled to keep their kids busy during this time, websites like Sparketh proved to be the ultimate blessing.
Sparketh is all set to make a pitch on 'Shark Tank' to Lori Greiner, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, and Daniel Lubetzky. The question is, do they have what it takes to walk away with a deal? Let's find out!
What is Sparketh?
Sparketh is an e-learning website built for children between the ages of 6 to 18, allowing them to learn a range of art styles and techniques. With mentors creating videos, the website has over 1000, easy to follow videos by a range of different artists and mentors, encouraging children to learn and develop art skills. As per the website -- "Learning art with Sparketh is fun and effective. Gain unlimited access to a library of 1000+ bite-sized video lessons taught by talented mentors. With new courses weekly, you will never run out of new things to learn. Spark your creativity."
Sparketh courses are also family-friendly and are designed in a way that only requires basic art materials.
Who are the founders?
Professional artists, Tim Samuel and Dwayne Walker, are the co-founders of Sparketh. The idea for the same was born out of a fundamental need for better art education and resources. As Walker explained it, it was something he wished he had when he was younger.
“I know that things would have been a lot different if I’d had a resource like this (Sparketh). I always used to dream about some ultimate resource for learning art." he said in an interview. "If I’d had it, growing up, I’d be a much better artist than I am now, and it would have taken a lot of stress off of my mom. Having Sparketh-finding something anything close to it-would have been the missing key to my artistic education at home.” he said.
Although Samuel is not an artist, he too expressed the need for better art education in general. “I think that art education can and should be done better and more affordably,” Samuel said. “When most people think of ‘art,’ they think they have to spend a certain amount of money or be gifted. My philosophy is that you can teach anyone to learn creative things. I think, if we keep going with Sparketh, we can encourage a lot of people to pursue their creative interests. You never know who someone could be if they were to become the most creative version of themselves.” he added.
What is the cost and how to sign up for Sparketh?
Sparketh has a wide range of courses covering multiple genres of art and techniques as well. Be it abstract art, learning to draw still life, figures, and more, you can pick and choose what you want to learn. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial and if you wish to extend, you can opt for a monthly subscription of $25 or a yearly subscription of $250. Both subscriptions give you access to -- "unlimited access to all videos, talented instructors, course files to download, new courses weekly and $50 off subscription". You can sign up and start your art journey here.
Where is Sparketh now?
Sparketh is currently running an October art challenge on their Instagram handles, encouraging their users to continue to create more art.
Who will steal the deal?
It's hard to tell who might take the bait, but seeing that e-learning has grown tremendously during the pandemic, there is a good chance Sparketh might be able to walk away with a deal. Daniel Lubetzky seems like he is most likely the one out of the five sharks to make an offer.
‘Shark Tank’ Season 13 Episode 3 airs on ABC on October 22, 2021, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Sparketh, Flasky Flower, Granola Butter, and Incredible Eats.
Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTune.