Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Workshops for Kids this December!

Winter Workshops December 2010

Gulmohar Days is pleased to announce the following holiday workshops:

Workshop
Ages Group
Date
Time
Description
Science Is Fun
4 – 7 yrs
13th to 17th and 20th to 24th Dec.
11.00 am to 12.30 pm
Kids may enroll for either part or whole of the programme
The Sound Of Music (western Vocal singing)
4 – 8 years
13th to 24 th Dec.
5.15 to 6.00 pm
10 days of fun music & singing sessions with a feel of Christmas!
Let’s Scrabble!
7 – 12 years
13th to 17th Dec
4 to 5 pm
Word games, vocab. building and scrabble fun!
Fun n Fitness
4 – 12 years above
13th to 30th
4.00 to 5.00 pm
Fitness club for kids every Mon, Wed and Fri. only
Photography (basic course)
8 – 15 years
20th to 23rd Dec
11.00 am to 1.00 pm
Kids must bring their own cameras + charged battery

Photography ( advanced)
8 – 15 years
18th Dec.
9 to 12 pm
A one day outdoor session on popular demand. All kids from our previous basic course and those with working knowledge of cameras may attend
Story Writing and Illustration
8 to 15 years
20th to 24th Dec
4 to 5.30 pm
A perfect blend of art, creative writing and imaginative thinking for all those budding writers
As always our Library and Day Care will remain open throughout the holidays. Library Timings are 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.  For further information on any of the programmes please send us an email on gulmohardays@gmail.com

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Creative Writing Competition: Results!!

Hello everyone,

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the competition. The participants found the topics interesting and the contest challenging. We looked for writing that was fresh in ideas, clear in thought and well crafted.

A big thank you to the parents who encouraged their children to go out and try something new.

So here are the winners by category:

Poetry:

1st prize: Khushi Barjatya (Best Friends)
2nd prize: Neel Shah ( Memories)
3rd prize: Taneya Apshankar (Rainbow Smile)

Special Mention: Saniya Shah(Best Friends)

Essay:

1st prize: Arjun Nair ( My Dream School)
2nd prize: Neel Shah ( If I were a superhero, I would be...)

Short Story:

Category 8 - 10 years:

1st prize: Mihika Bansal

Category 11 - 15 years:

1st prize: Khushi Barjatya
2nd prize: Arjun Nair

Thursday, November 18, 2010

One day photography workshop (advanced) in December

Hi everyone,

Pleased to announce a one-day Photography Workshop (advanced) in December.

This is for all the kids who joined us for our August Workshop and have been asking for more. And also for all kids who have a working knowledge of  manual cameras and are familiar with the basics of photography.

Please note details below:

Course Title: Photography workshop (advanced)

Date: 18th of December 2010, Saturday

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
AGE GROUP: 9 to 15 yrs
COURSE MENTOR: Ms. Richie Deaver

MATERIALS REQD: Children must bring their digital cameras from home for each of the sessions. Camera must have an empty memory card and fully charged battery.
 

Venue: Gulmohar Days, Kalyani Nagar

As always we will accept only a limited number in our batch. Please do drop by at the earliest to pay the fee and register.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Photography Workshop for kids (Basic course) in December

Hi everyone,

Gulmohar Days is happy to host a fun and hands-on Photography workshop for kids as part of our Winter Workshops in December 2010. Our previous photography workshop was a huge success and the kids have been begging for more.

Pls find course details below:

COURSE TITLE: Photography Workshop (Basic Course)

AGE GROUP: 9 to 15 yrs

DAYS:
4 DAY WORKSHOP; 4 sessions of 2 hours each

DATES: Indoor sessions: 20th, 21st, 22nd of December 2010
             Outdoor session: 23rd of August, 2010

TIME: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

COURSE MENTOR: Ms. Richie Deaver

MATERIALS REQD: Children must bring their digital cameras from home for each of the sessions. Camera must have an empty memory card and fully charged battery.

COURSE CONTENT:
• Camera History - Defining photography and how it began
• Camera handling, Using a point-and-shoot camera (parts, functions, handling, and storage)
• Essentials of a good photo
• composition and color
• capturing subjects from various viewpoints
• viewing and feedback of students photos
• The outdoor session would be a fun day wherein kids will use techniques they have learned in class

As always we will accept only a limited number of participants in this group. Pls call at the earliest if you wish to enroll your child in our workshop or for any further inquiries regarding fee structure. Enrollments are underway already. Looking forward....

Outdoor Photography Session

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Children's Day at Gulmohar Days

A very special morning at the library. Our library kids brought in guests from less privileged families and played hosts, giving them a perfect children's day treat! Easily one of the most fulfilling events at the centre :)

Five year old sayali, who had never blown bubbles before.

Deepak, who walks 45 minutes to school everyday, but is proud to be monitor of his class.


Deepali feeling and looking like a princess in her blue frilly frock !!

Ashwini and Ranji, my dear teachers who are always game for anything!

intro session in progress


amrita and adira teaching little hina how to make a photo frame with ice cream stciks



arjun helping subhash...subhash goes to an english medium school and surprised all of us when he said his fav. subject was science and he loved studying the classification of plants!!


cake!



One Happy Bunch!

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Art sessions start today!

Hi everyone!

My Art Lab: Art sessions for kids ages 4 to 8 yrs starts today! thanks for all your interest in the programme.  Look forward to seeing the kids at 4.00 pm at the centre. Pls send along a drawing book, pencils, erasers, colour pencils and crayons.

Also, enrollments for the Theatre and Drama club ( ages 8 to 15 yrs) are in progress. Please do call for more info on that programme.

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Diwali Fun at Gulmohar Days!

Its been a wonderfully busy week at Gulmohar Days. From Diya painting to Creative writing, Art workshops and Craft with the little kids, its been a fantastic build up to Diwali. Here's wishing all our little kids and their families a very happy and prosperous Diwali! May your homes glow with light, love and laughter. Wishing you much joy from all of us at Gulmohar Days!!

We love Books!

Painting Diyas

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Myriad Colours!

Rangoli designs



Writers at Work

Craft Club: finger-print flowers

Mixed Media Art Workshop

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creative Writing Competition for kids ( ages 8 to 15 years)

Hello everyone!

When you were in school did you ever have to "Write a letter to your friend describing your summer vacations" or how about about "Write a letter to your friend stating the importance of play and hard work". I used to cringe when I had to come up with these and feel mildly nauseous when after all these years my son has to write on the same topics.

If you think your child has a way with words and would enjoy thinking and writing out of the box, the CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION at Gulmohar Days is the place to be!

Please note event details below:

Date: November 2nd, 2010
Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Registration Fee: Rs 150 per child
Age group: Category 1: 8 - 10 years      Category 2: 11 to 15 yrs
Materials: Participants must get their own pens/pencils/erasers and writing board. Also their own bottle of drinking water! We shall provide the paper.
Topics: Topics will be provided on the spot. The participants may then submit multiple entries under the various categories and topics allotted to them.
The winners will be announced in a few days time.


Please register at the earliest to ensure your child can participate! Please feel free to call or email for further details.
Regards

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Diwali Holiday Workshops 2010


Diwali Holiday Workshops 2010

We have a host of activities organised for the short Diwali school break. Please feel free to call us to register or for any further information on any of the programmes listed below:

EVENT
DATE
TIME
Diya Painting at the Library (open to all ages)
October 30th 2010, Saturday
Walk in anytime between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Craft Workshop for kids (ages 4 – 7 yrs)
Nov. 1st to 5th (Mon-Fri)
11.00 am to 12.30 pm
Creative Writing Contest for kids ages 8 yrs above
November 2nd 2010, Tuesday
10.00 am to 12.30 pm
Mixed Media Art workshop for ages 8 yrs above
Nov. 3rd & 4th , Wed and Thurs.
3.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Free Play (ages 2 yrs above)
Monitored play time for kids available any weekday
From 3.00 to 6.30 pm

LIBRARY: Our library will remain open 10.00 am to 7.00 pm as always. Help your child develop the reading habit this holiday. Join our ReadMore Campaign!

CONTACT US: email: gulmohardays@gmail.com

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Join us for Diya painting at the library on Saturday ( 30th October)!

Hello everyone,
 
The festival of lights is around the corner!
 
To add to the festive spirit, Gulmohar Days is organising a "paint your own diya" session on Saturday the 30th of October 2010.  Children may walk in any time between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and decorate diyas of their choice.
 
This event is open to all. So please do bring friends along if you would wish to.
 
Session charges are as follows:
Gulmohar Library Members: Rs.100/
Non members: Rs. 130/-
(pls send along exact fee with your child on the day)
 
Thanks and please call/sms or email to confirm your child's participation.  
Have a great day!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dandiya dance lessons for kids at Gulmohar Days

Hi Everyone!

The Festive season is upon us! I am sure many of you are getting ready for some good times with friends and family.

Gulmohar Days is pleased to announce "Dandiya Beats": a great opportunity for kids to get into the Dandiya rhythm as the Navratri evenings draw near. A fun evening where children will be given dandiya dance lessons by some eager volunteers. 

So kids, what are you waiting for? Buy yourself some colourful Dandiya sticks and and get ready for a fun session this Thursday!

Please note event details:


Event: Dandiya Beats
When: Thursday, 7th of October, 2010
Where: Gulmohar Days, Kalyani Nagar
Time:  5.00 pm (sharp) to 6.30 pm. Kids may come in by 4.50 pm
Fee : This event is absolutely Free.
Who can participate: OPEN ONLY TO KIDS WHO ARE PRESENTLY ENROLLED IN ANY GULMOHAR DAYS PROG. (LIBRARY/DAY CARE/FREE PLAY/ACTIVITY CLUBS)

Dress Code: Indian/Traditional

PLS CONFIRM YOUR CHILD'S PARTICIPATION LATEST BY TUESDAY (5th oct) EVENING.

p.s.: Kids must come for the session with their own dandiya sticks. Parents, pls make sure you buy them the soft padded ones so that they do not hurt themselves or each other as they learn their steps.

Gulmohar Days extends a big Thank You to Mrs Ladkat, a much loved and very supportive parent, for helping us co-ordinate and conduct this event. We deeply appreciate your generous spirit!!

Looking forward to hearing from you all at the earliest.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gulmohar Days will remain closed tomorrow

Dear Friends,

In view of the advisory issued by the authorities and as a precautionary measure, Gulmohar Days will remain closed tomorrow.

Please note: The art class will now be re- scheduled to Saturday morning and will be held from from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. Art class students/parents to please confirm attendance.

Fitness and Phonics Club will compensate the class some time later in the coming week.
Hoping that all our fears will be proved wrong and good sense and equanimity will prevail. Wishing you all a safe weekend.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gulmohar Days is moving to a new address in Kalyani Nagar!!!!

Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to give you the following piece of exciting news!

Come September, Gulmohar Days will be shifting to a new facility in Kalyani Nagar. Thanks to all your support and good wishes, the past year has been wonderful for us. We have clearly outgrown our present premises and greatly look forward to creating some wonderful times in our new one.

Our new premises is a bungalow near the Joggers park at Kalyani Nagar. We hope to shift in the first week of September 2010. We shall certainly keep you posted with our new address closer to our date of shifting.

Thanking you all once again for all the blessings and good wishes! In addition to the programmes that we have currently on our activity list, we have some great events planned as well. Looking forward to your continued participation and support!

Warm regards
--
Nandini Nair

Trinity Speech and Communication classes for kids

Hello Everyone,

Enrollments are on for for the Trinity Speech and Communication classes at Gulmohar Days.

There are 2 sessions currently in progress.

Every Monday : 5.30 to 6.30 pm: ages 6-8 years
Every Wednesday: 5.30 to 6.30 pm: ages 9 - 15 years

All enrollments will be for a minimum period of 6 months starting September 10th, 2010. 

Please do write in at the earliest to gulmohardays@gmail.com for further details on the programme.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Our Fun & Fitness Club makes news!!

Read more at :

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=TOIPU/2010/08/06&PageLabel=27&EntityId=Ar02700&ViewMode=GIF&GZ=T

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Celebrating India: The "Freedom Catwalk" at Gulmohar Days!

Dear parents,

We are planning a small, informal event at Gulmohar Days on the 10th of August to celebrate our country's Independence day! Request all kids who are presently enrolled in our Story and Phonics clubs to please get ready for the "Freedom Catwalk": they need to dress as prominent personalities from Indian history. A number of kids have already signed up. Pandit Nehru, Gandhi Ji, Netaji Bose, Shivaji and Bhagat Singh are already taken. We also have one Kargil war Hero!! Not to mention a size-able number of Rani Laxmi Bai!!

Please do call/email to confirm your child's participation.

All library members below the age of 5 yrs are also most welcome to participate. Please do not leave entering your childs name to the list for the last day. We would like to know in advance and therefore make arrangements to accommodate that many children.

Event: Celebrating India!
Ages 3-5 yrs: "The Freedom Catwalk"
Date: Tuesday, 10th of August, 2010
Time: 5.00 to 6.30 pm

Looking forward to yet another fun event!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Our Pop Art workshop

Ladies, that was one cracker of a workshop!! A marathon session from 10.00 am to 6.30 in the evening. I think some backs were sore and some knees a little wobbly by the end of it all, but the smiles grew only wider! Thank you all for a fun session where the canvases were bright and beautiful and the sketching and painting was peppered with good-natured banter and laughter! Enjoy some pictures that capture you all at work. We hope to see you more often at Gulmohar Days!!




Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our Fun & Fitness Club

The Fun & Fitness Club has seen some spirited response. Our Fitness mentor has the kids doing yoga, aerobics, a little "dancercise" twice a week, every Monday and Thursday from 4.00 to 5.00 pm. Enjoy the pictures of our little ones warming up for a session.
The Fitness Club for women is off to a fantastic start too. The mommies are are here thrice a week for their yoga sessions ( Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays).













Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One-day Art workshop: Painting Portraits in pop-art style

"Perpetual moderness is the measure of merit in every work of art.”

Painting Portraits in pop art style
Gulmohar Days invites participation in an exciting daylong hands’on workshop titled, “Painting Portraits in Pop Art style”.

Increasingly, pop art is being popularised through simple techniques to recreate photographs in the pop art style, the movement which acquired a cult status with artists like Andy Warhol.
The workshop will combine a lec-dem supported by clips of some of the great artists who popularized the movement along with hand’s on artmaking sessions.
Participants will each arrive at an artwork in the pop-art style rendered with acrylic paints on canvas.

Session 1:
An interactive lecdem on the works and inspiration of some landmark artists of the American Pop Art movement such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein etc.

Session 2:
Participants will be required to bring a portrait photograph in b&w or colour.
Pop Art reduces images to blocks of colour with little or no shading, so when looking for a photo to use it's important to keep this in mind. Look for a photo with clearly definable shapes and tonal areas. Once the photo is changed to
black and white, it will become more apparent whether it is suitable.

Painting Techniques for Creating a Pop Art Portrait

Participants will refer to the photo printout to get the tone placement right and follow step-by-step painting techniques:
There should be no shading within the colours -- the aim is for three vibrant blocks of colour (the finished painting should have the appearance of stencil art). Through a step-by-step process participants will create sketches and drawings before arriving at a final artwork rendered with acrylic paints on canvas boards.

Enjoying the Results
One of the advantages of painting in the Pop Art style is an impressive finished product. Although the image doesn't look 'realistic', it still portrays a recognisable portrait and is easier to paint than skin tones. Once the techniques are mastered, it makes a great gift!

Duration: 6 1/2 hrs
 The workshop is open to interested individuals irrespective of prior drawing/painting experience.
 Materials (acrylic paints, paper, dry pastel, brushes and canvases) and briefing notes/backgrounders will be provided.
 The workshop will be facilitated by Renu, a trained artist. Besides participating in several exhibitions in India and abroad, Renu has been conducting art workshops on visual arts and art and storytelling using an interactive and hand’s on learning approach over the last 4 years.

Workshop Details

Dates: Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Age-group: for adults and kids above age 11 yrs
Timings: 10am to 1pm (half hr lunch break)
                1.30pm to 5pm
Fees: Rs. 1050/- per participant (incl of all materials)
Venue: Gulmohar Days, Kalyani Nagar, Pune
To register: Pls email gulmohardays@gmail.com to reserve a spot and pay fee at the earliest. Seats on first come first serve basis.



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Photography Workshop for kids (ages 9 to 15 yrs)

Gulmohar Days is happy to host a fun and hands-on Photography workshop for kids in the month of July.

Pls find course details below:

COURSE TITLE: Photography Workshop (Basic Course)

AGE GROUP: 9 to 15 yrs

DAYS: Every Saturday
(5 sessions of 2 hours each)

DATES: Indoor sessions: 24th, 31st of July; 7th, 14th of Aug, 2010
             Outdoor session: 21st of August, 2010

TIME: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
COURSE FEE: Rs 1300/ for the entire workshop

MATERIALS REQD: Children must bring their digital cameras from home for each of the sessions. Camera must have an empty memory card and fully charged battery.
COURSE CONTENT:
• Camera History - Defining photography and how it began
• Camera handling, Using a point-and-shoot camera (parts, functions, handling, and storage)
• Essentials of a good photo
• composition and color
• capturing subjects from various viewpoints
• viewing and feedback of students photos
• The outdoor session would be a fun day wherein kids will use techniques they have learned in class

As always we will accept only a limited number of participants in this group. Pls call at the earliest if you wish to enroll your child in our workshop or for any further inquiries regarding fee structure.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Art Experience: A unique art programme for kids ages 9-15 years

There is small correction in the schedule: The art experience group will meet EVERY FRIDAY and not Thursdays as mentioned below. The change in day is as a result of several parents requesting for a Friday class.  
 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

In the news!

Read Nandini Nair's interview with Aparna Kalantri where she shares her passion for teaching and her vision for Gulmohar Days. Full interview available on http://www.littlewins.in/index.php/art_detail/5

Free Event for Library members!

Its "Movie Day" at Gulmohar Days!

Its lovely how some books are brought to life through films. We thought it would be great idea to read out a story and watch the film too this Saturday with all our library members!

So get ready for a fun two hours as we screen the much loved Walt Disney classic "Lady and The Tramp" this coming Saturday, the 5th of June 2010.

Event: The reading of Lady & the Tramp followed by the movie
Time: Be there by 10. 15 sharp!
Fee: Free event for all kids who are presently library members.
         Non members welcome too ! ( Rs 50 per child)

Pls confirm participation at at the earliest!
Thanks and look forward to seeing the kids!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Activity Clubs and Workshops for kids from June 2010



Activity Clubs at Gulmohar Days
Ages 3-5 years
Ages 6 – 8 years
Ages 9 – 15 years
Story Club: meets every Tuesday, 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Trinity Speech and Communication Programme: meets every Monday from 5.30 to 6.30 pm
Trinity Speech and Communication Programme: meets every Wednesday from 5.30 to 6.30 pm
Phonics Club: meets every Friday, 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Fitness Club: A great mix of Yoga, dance and kickboxing that makes the perfect after-school fitness programme. Every Monday and Friday: 4.00 to 5.00 pm
Art Class: A unique and advanced art programme we call “Art Experience” wherein kids will learn about the lives of renowned artists, understand their techniques and develop a style of their own. Still life, landscapes, abstract art and more will be taught through well structured modules. Basic medium will be acrylics on paper and canvas. Every Thursday from 4.30 – 6.30 pm
Library: The best way to ensure your child bonds with books from the early years. Open 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday
Craft Club: Meets every Saturday from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Fitness Club: A great mix of Yoga, dance and kickboxing that makes the perfect after-school fitness programme. Every Monday and Friday: 4.00 to 5.00 pm
Free Play: Drop your child off for a fun 2 hours of monitored play any time between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm. Ideal if you have an errand to run and want to leave your child with us for some fun and learning.
Library: A must for children who wish to improve vocabulary, general knowledge and develop a love for books. Open 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday
Craft Club: Meets every Saturday from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm


Library: There is no doubt about it: A well read child stands apart the rest. A must for children who wish to improve vocabulary, general knowledge and develop a love for books. Open 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday




IMPORTANT: Enrollments for each of these activities is already underway. At Gulmohar Days our focus at all times is on the quality of our programmes. We therefore request your cooperation in understanding that we cannot take in more than the specified number of kids into any batch. Registrations are always on a first come first served basis. 

Also, it is with a lot of thought we have specified age limits for each programme. Most times a child's skill level predictably falls into the parameters specified by us. However we do realize that it is a child's ability and not his age that should define his participation in any programme. Pls feel free to discuss this with us should you feel the age limit prevents your child from being part of any prog. at our centre. 


Email us at gulmohardays@gmail.com for any further queries.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer Sparkle 2010 comes to a close

We have had a grand summer at Gulmohar Days. Summer sparkle 2010 came to a close today with our last session of summer camp for kids this afternoon.

Poetry, writing, art, craft, science, music, stories: its been a a hectic summer. Our heartfelt Thank You to the parents who enrolled their child/children in our programmes. The kids have been an absolute delight. It has been a privilege to have interacted with so many of them.

Wishing them all a fantastic academic year ahead. May they all have wonderful teachers and friends in their new classes and may the year be filled with good cheer. We hope to continue seeing them in the months to come. Please do keep in touch with us.

All our Activity Clubs resume from the second week of June 2010. We are adding new books to our exisiting Library collection. This year, make your child a "Reader"!! :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Creative Corner

Our Creative Corner craft workshop received a wonderful response this Summer. The kids as always amazed us with their fresh and new ideas. They took home lampshades, fabric paintings, handcrafted place mats, flowers, decorated thalis, tie and dye handkerchiefs and so much more in the one month they spent with us. Do enjoy the pictures! And we hope to see all of you at our regular Craft Club that meets every Saturday from the month of June2010.