Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Speech & Communication classes based on Trinity Guildhall Syllabus

We are happy to announce that Speech and Communication classes based on the Trinity Guildhall speech and communication syllabus ( U.K.) will be conducted at Gulmohar Days from the month of February 2010.

The classes at Gulmohar Days will be as follows:

Mondays: 5.30 to 6.30 : Ages 6 to 8 years
Wednesdays: 5.30 to 6.30: Ages 9 -12 yrs

For more information on the Trinity Guildhall programme please visit the website  http://www.trinityguildhall.co.uk

Please email gulmohardays@gmail.com for more information on the programme.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Two day Art Workshop for Kids ( 8 yrs-14 yrs)

“You see things as they are and ask why?
I dream of things as they never were and ask why not?”

-- George Bernard Shaw

 Art workshop for children (8 yrs and above)
Experience Art!
‘Experience Art’ takes the children through a mix of visual art, music, reading and writing through this innovatively designed module. Each module will be offered in the form of an interactive workshop built around a process, yielding a product.

Module 01: Explore line, form and colour

No of sessions: 2

Dates: Friday, 5th February (4.00 pm to 6.30 pm)
           Sunday, 7th February, (2.00 pm to 4.30 pm)
Facilitator: Renu S

The workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore their innate creativity through simple line compositions and colour. The participants will be taken through a step-by-step process involving basic drill exercises, linear compositions and finally composition and colour.

  • Exercise 01: Participants will be taken through a half hour drawing drill exercise. Each participant will be given quarter imperial size chart papers. A warm-up exercise which will loosen their hands to draw.
  • Exercise 02: Participants will be taken through a slide show presentation of modern art and tribal paintings (eg. Paul Klee, Mondrian, aboriginal and tribal painting) followed by an interactive session explaining the concepts of line and form.
  • Exercise 03: Create a design using a combination of horizontal, vertical, diagonal, scalloped, curly, wavy and zig-zag lines. Compose an image using a combination of a variety of lines to form shapes (human faces, curved lines, semi-circles) Paint the composition using poster colours, oil-pastels and black conte chalk. Followed by a slide show of artworks (paintings) highlighting geometric forms and shapes. Participants will observe the image and interpret any one image using lines and geometric shapes.
  • Exercise 04: Participants will be asked to bring a real flower to make a few sketches. Design composition using one selected sketch of the flower from the previous exercise, exploring basic design principles such as repetition and rhythm. Participants will paint the design using opaque poster colours.
Please do email gulmohardays@gmail.com for further enquiries on this workshop.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


The smell of incense and flowers greeted everyone who visited the Library on the 13th of January 2010 as all of us got together to celebrate the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu: Pongal. A big thank you to all the mothers who attended the function and took so much trouble to dress their kids in elegant ethnic wear. The kids eagerly waited for the pot to boil over and equally relished the sweet pongal and snacks that we served. In the short art session that followed, several kids captured the essence of the celebration as they drew the sun, sugarcane and lamps to capture the significance of the festival that gives thanks to the Sun. Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pongal Celebrations at the Library!

Dear Friends,

The 14th of January every year is celebrated as Pongal all over Tamil Nadu. Its a festival that gives thanks for a bountiful harvest and is celebrated with great colour and pomp.

At Gulmohar Days we do not miss any celebration! So lets give the kids a taste of tradition. Lets get together on Wednesday, the 13th of January, at 3.45 pm, to understand the significance of Pongal, decorate the Library with kolam or rangoli, give thanks to the Sun for blessing us with life and watch the pot boil over as we shout Pongal-o-pongal! And of course, feast on some sweet pongal as well!

Please note the event details:

Event: Pongal celebrations
Date: Wednesday, 13th of January 2010
Time: 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
Dress code: Traditional

Entry: Free entry for Library members
          Non-members: Rs. 150 per child


Look forward to seeing you all and have a great week ahead!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day Care for kids at Gulmohar Days

We are happy to announce the start of our DAY CARE PROGRAMME FOR KIDS.

Day care facilities for children ages 4 yrs upwards.

TIMINGS: Option A: 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Option B: 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

FOOD: Parents need to provide the lunch. The lunch boxes may be dropped off at the centre any time after 10.00 am or may be sent along with the child. Milk and biscuits will be provided by us in the evenings.

DAILY PROGRAMME: Gulmohar Days already has a full fledged children's library, games room, art and craft corner and language room. In our endeavour to create a day care experience that is different from any that you will find elsewhere, we are happy to say that all our day care kids will have full access to our library and associated facilities. Our teachers will ensure that the hours your child spends with us will be spent reading, listening to stories and music, doing simple craft, exercises etc.

FACULTY: Our day care module has been designed and will be executed by teachers who have immense experience in education, child care, child psychology and art and dance therapy.

ACTIVITY CLUBS: Our activity clubs meet throughout the week. Our day-care children are most welcome to separately enroll in an activity of their choice. Some of the activity clubs in operation are Art and drawing, Scrabble Club, Book Club, Story Club, Craft Club, and GK/Quiz club

Please email for further information on this programme.