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Gemz Creative Arts Learning Club - Maths and English classes available

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Hi Everyone, 

Gemz Creative Arts updates are back! Hope you have been keeping yourself busy and creative over the past few months!

We are currently enrolling for Gemz Learning Club classes (Berwick).  We are offering a series of blended learning classes in Maths and English aimed at primary school children - grades 1 to 5. Our lessons are  pegged to the current Victorian School curriculum and we offer the expertise of trained teachers who will guide students through the lessons via face to face coaching and provide access to a platform where students can practice more activities online!

Call 0431377464 or contact [email protected] for more details on booking your child/children for their next Gemz Learning Club lesson!

Goodbye March and hello April!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:41 AM Comments comments (0)
Hi Friends!  
Isn't amazing how time flies! March ends tonight and April is dawning upon us in a matter of hours! 

Time flies faster when you are really busy and creative! And this is especially true for us at Gemz Creative Arts Learning Centre as we enjoyed the month of March preparing for the April School Holiday Programs and also entertaining kids with their Artzy Craftzy Birthday Parties!

April looks really promising as we are looking forward to conducting heaps of fun classes in schools and homes near the Southeast of Melbourne. 

It is also a month to catch up with our writing, editing, drawing and of course pushing those books out of the publisher's hands! 

I am looking forward to having heaps of creative fun next month and so should you! 

Don't forget to check out new photos of our Gemz Artzy Craftzy Birthday Partiez!!!

Till my next post, stay happy and busy, 

Creatively yours,

Dr Puva Arumugam
Artistic and Creative Director
Gemz Creative Arts 

Updates! Updates! Updates!

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Time has flown by so quickly! And we have finally moved from the city to a nice quiet suburb within Victoria! 

Our location is now in a very family friendly suburb called Berwick! Lots of little gems and heaps of creative energy in the air!

It took the Gemz team a month to settle in and to find our way around this new place. Our young Gemz ambassadors/writers took a month break to refresh their minds and to get ready for the new term ahead!  Now, that we are rested and rejuvenated, it is time once again to give you our fantastic updates on our fun filled activities for the year!

As a start to the new term, we are excited about our ongoing Learning Club classes. We are also booked out for a few birthday parties next month, which is great!

The traffic to our website has been consistent and we are so grateful for your continuous support. We have had 975 visitors and 1200 page views in the month of February! 

Activities planned this year includes: Creative Writing competition for 7-12 year olds, Publishing of children books, Creative arts classes, Learning Club classes and school holiday programs among many other fun activities! We are happy for you to also send in your creative works if you are keen to have it published on our website! Conditions apply so do send me an email if you are thinking of sending in your creative writing or art work!

I will keep you posted on further details regarding our activities as it happens! 

Till then, stay happy and creative!


Creatively yours,

Dr Puva Arumugam
Artistic and Creative Director
Gemz Creative Arts 


Updates before we move!

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:09 AM Comments comments (1)
Hello everyone!

It's time once again for a quick update as November is coming to an end quite rapidly! 

The biggest news for this month is that Gemz Creative Arts will be moving away from Melbourne CBD to a nice suburb called Berwick in December! We are really excited at the new possibilities and we are also busy preparing for the move which is just two weeks away!!
 

Gemz Creative Arts has certainly enjoyed the support from parents and local schools in Melbourne CBD over the past three years. We have had a chance to be part of many events and we are looking forward to being equally involved in creative activities when we move to Berwick.

Our 2014 Creative classes and activities schedules are currently being finalised and we will be open for booking by January 2014 when school terms starts next year. 

Looking forward to telling you all about our new premise in our next update! Enjoy the rest of November and do look out for our 2014 weekend activities schedule which will be posted on the website as soon as it is ready! 


Creatively yours,


Dr Puva Arumugam
Artistic and Creative Director
Gemz Creative Arts










Mid October hello!

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (0)
Hi everyone, 

Just wanted to give you a mid month update as the end of the month report went on our FB page last month.

Just a recap, we had a great semester of Gemz Maths Club which ended last month. We are open for registration again this month for weekend Learning Club activities and the classes will be commencing soon.

Just thrilled to notice that visits to the website has been fairly consistent from people all over the world. I am keen to see the overall 30 days figure at the end of the month to see if we topped September in terms of site visits!

Productivity being the key drive for October, we are working hard to meet our publishing deadlines! 

Gemz Creative Arts is also now a member of Organo Gold, an internationally renowned company that distributes gourmet hot beverages. Being affiliated gives us the benefit of providing great hot beverages to our students during classes and at our many events that we organise. We are also happy to announce that we will now sponsor hot chocolate drinks at Gemz Kidz birthday parties as part of our gift bags! 

I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another update....

Till then, keep spreading the word that we are conducting arts and craft classes and Kidz Learning Club classes on the weekends for little gems. 


Creatively yours, 

Dr Puva Arumugam
Artistic and Creative Director
Gemz Creative Arts

Time once again for an activity update!

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 1:18 AM Comments comments (0)
Goodbye August! 

Is it truly the end of August? I can't believe how fast a month goes past these days especially when you keep yourself busy being creative!

August has been fantastic for us at Gemz Creative Arts!

For a start, the Gemz Creative Arts website went through a facelift with new typography and background colours to create consistency and a nice smooth flow of navigation to get you to the various offers and pages that we have.

Maths Club update:

We also recorded and presented our Maths Club Video clip where our Maths Wiz Little Gemz spoke about why many kids should sign up for our Creative Learning classes. 
Our Maths Wiz Little Gemz are having lots of creative fun with grid addition and subtraction exercises together with multiplication flash card quizzes! There is never a dull moment in our fun and yummy snacks filled classes.

Artzy Craftzy Birthday Partzy 

We had lots of fun at our Arts and Craft themed birthday party for little Abigail who turned 8 this month! The children had so much fun creating their own earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Several mummies had pleasant surprises when when the children (including a boy in the mix) presented their creative jewellery with much love at the end of the party. 
This is one party where the goodie bags for the children had more than just lollies and balloons!

Creative Writing classes

I had the pleasure of conducting a Creative Writing session for a Grade 1/2 class at Carlton Gardens Primary School, Melbourne this month!  The class of 27 eager writers created their original stories in a matter of 15 to 20 minutes following an exercise on Personification. The stories kept flowing and I was really impressed with the creativity shown by the young minds! I am looking forward to my next class with them where we explore using seeds to aid narrative. 

Creative Writing Tips Series:

I was toying with the idea that this could be an activity for September but I had to get this Series up and started as there is no point in delaying the sharing of good tips!!! So August saw the beginning of the first Creative Writing Tip that will allow parents/guardians and teachers to have many fun filled creative writing moments with their children. I hope you have had the chance to try it out with your little ones.

Thanks to the 1168 new visitors who visited our website in August. We hope you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again and again. 

Hello September!

September is going to be the month of fruition and fun learning activities. 
Creative classes are the main focus for this month! 

We have a few on offer:

The team is all geared up to seeing more creative activity via our September School Holiday Arts and Craft Program. Classes are running from 23 September to 4 October 2013. We are offering full day classes and half day classes to suit the need of both working parents and those who just want their children to come over for a few hours of fun filled creative time. Call 0431377464 for class times and booking details!

We are also offering Arts and Craft classes on weekends on a regular basis. 

As a theatre artist, I am moving into the space of Art Therapy and am working with adults to help heal and recuperate. This is really exciting from a theatre perspective! I will provide more details in due course!

Books! Books! Books!

Our three books are getting all the attention needed. 

I am really excited with the progress of my book " The Imperfect Life of Sonja Hozain" as sharing excerpts of the book through my sneak previews is breathing new life into the actual story. I have added a second sneak preview on the website. Do have a read and keep the feedback flowing. I am loving the writing process and I hope you will love reading the story!

Our Children Book series "Jodie has a pet" is waiting for the first draft of illustrations to be approved.  The creative team is currently reviewing and making changes to the art work and we are hoping to get a few pages confirmed by the end of this month.  

Chapter 3 and 4 of "The BFF Adventure in Metung" will be the focus for this month. With the writer off to a camp and a study trip to China, she is working hard to complete drafts of the two chapters as planned. 

We are also planning a short story writing competition for 10 to 12 year olds. Attractive prizes will be on offer for the top two writers.  Look out for the details on our website in the coming weeks. 

Don't forget to pass the word around to friends and family to "Like" us on FB and do sign up your little ones for our September School Holiday Programs if you are living in Melbourne. It will truly be a creative experience that they will enjoy!   

Visit www.gemzcreativearts.com for details on all our special offers! And till my next update, stay creative.

Dr Puva Arumugam
Artistic and Creative Director
Gemz Creative Arts

Creative writing tip #1

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM Comments comments (0)
I get parents asking me regularly on how to get their children to start writing down their imaginative ideas. I also had the pleasure of working with a group of year 1/2 students two weeks ago on creative writing exercise as part of their writing class at school.  We started with a blank piece of paper each and by the end of one hour, I had the entire class of 27 students eagerly sharing their stories with me. We had a great time and I have decided to share a few exercises on creative writing with you too! 

This first creative writing exercise emphasises on Personification. Personification simply allows the writer to create character/s for their stories. Characters are the ones that makes a story interesting. So it would be really good to get children to start thinking about the characters in their stories. 

These are the things you would need: 
*A plate of three fruits. They could be the same kind of fruits or they could be different fruits. For a small group, three fruits should be enough. Increase
* Writing papers
* Coloured pencils
* Pencils

Note to Parents/Guardians/Teachers - 
Please do this activity with your child/Children as kids love working with their parents/guardians...

Task 1:
Ask your little gem/s to take a fruit from the plate and look at it carefully for two minutes. 
You take a fruit too and look at it really carefully for two minutes.

Things to note: Colour, texture and anything different about the fruit you have in your hand. For example, if the fruit is an orange - Make a note of any spots, discolouration and if it is rough or smooth or has green shades to the skin etc.

Task 2:
Now get your little gem to give a name to the fruit. A human name. You do that too. 
Tell each other who your fruits are and introduce the fruits to each other. 

Task 3: 
Put the fruit back on the plate.
Ask your little gem/s to imagine that the fruit is part of a story. You and your little gem/s have five minutes to create in your minds the story about this new character - the fruit named (_____) Don't share yet. 
Write down: who this fruit is.
Age, place of birth, family members or friends if any
work if any, school if any
what clothes the fruit is wearing and why
These questions will help you and your little gem to create the character as a real life character.

*OPTIONAL: Task 4 is optional but it will make the exercise interesting.
Task 4:
Draw an image of this fruit, now with a name and a story as you see it on paper.  
So if you named your fruit - Spotty. Draw Spotty on a piece of paper. Preferably on the top of the paper and write Spotty at the bottom of your drawing. 
This could take between 10 to 15 minutes as children usually love to draw and colour and make additional bits to their characters. 
Tell them they can add spectacles, dresses or pants, hats and all sorts of clothing bits and friends and family members to their characters. The fruit can be old or young according to image they have of their character in their story. 
Same applies to you. Put in some effort to bring out the best of your character on paper. 
For those adults like me who can't draw, stick figures will also be fine. As long as you can draw an image on the paper to show how you visualise your character.  

Task 5 or Task 4 if you skipped the task on drawing:
Share the story surrounding your new character with each other and.or show each other your visual picture of your character on paper. 

Note to Parents/Guardians/Teachers: 

This is a simple exercise that gives the child an idea of how to create a character. Your role would be to guide them once they have shared their story by
1) Liking their character and praising them for their creativity
2) Telling them how you saw a story come alive because of their chosen character
3) Make sure you tell an interesting story as well as they look up to you for encouragement
OPTIONAL:
4) Giving them suggestions on how the story can sound interesting if the story needs enhancement or changing. NEVER put their story down. 

When it comes to the first writing exercise, never criticise. Always encourage the effort no matter how outrageous the story may sound or the character may be. 
Children also sometimes tell you they can't draw and shun the activity. Help them out with the drawing if you can to make sure they see the character they created on paper. This teaches them to visualise their creations. 

Make the first experience of writing, creating and sharing positive. Kids thrive on encouragement and when they see their work being appreciated, it will motivate them to be better writers!

To take this exercise a little further, you can merge all your fruit characters and make another story or continue from each other's story. This exercise is a fun and great way to create one or two stories within an hour!

Try the exercise and do send me your feedback via [email protected]gemzcreativearts.com and/or send me a story sample to publish on the Gemz Creative Arts website. 

Enjoy your new stories and I will post more Creative Writing tips soon!

Remember, I am conducting Creative Writing Exercises through my Arts and Craft School Holiday Programthis September! Get more details via www.gemzcreativearts.com to register your child/children on the program! 



Creatively,
Dr Puva Arumugam









Goodbye July and hello August!

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM Comments comments (0)
It is time once again for the monthly activity update! I look forward to these updates only because it allows me to know how fast time flies and how busy one can be just being creative!
 
The team is thrilled to say that in the last 30 days, we have had 1281 visitors from the globe who clocked in 1506 page visits! Good to see that all pages were viewed consitently and that there is a genuine interest in our activities.
 
We had several updates on Facebook and this includes our latest Cultural Integration Program Interview where we featured Ms Lei Liu from China; Arts Gallery Updates which featured creative photography and Monster High Collage piece; A sneak preview of the current book in progress: "The Imperfect Life of Sonja Hozain" which highlights how women fall prey to sham marriages to help keep up appearances of men who want to remain in the closet for their own selfish reasons!
 
We will also be posting a few photos of the little gems who are currently enrolled in Gemz Creative Maths Club! So do look out for those photos when they are up on the website pretty soon.
 
We also met up with two different illustrators this month and both have kindly agreed to work on our books, "Jodie has a pet!" and "The Imperfect Life of Sonja Hozain". We will post the names of the illustrators and their profiles in due course.
 
Apart from these updates, we also managed to post a blog post this month on listening to opinions as they matter no matter who they are from.
 
If you have missed any of these activities listed above, do browse through our Facebook page for a quick link or just visit our website for an extended visit.
 
With school term started, we are extending arts and crafts classes on weekends for little gems in Melbourne and we look forward to seeing many wonderful creative creations through these classes. We also have places in our Gemz Maths Club if your child is wanting some fun peer pressure to polish up his or her numeracy skills. Call 0431377464 to get more information on these classes!
 
The team is looking forward to August and so should you!
 
We love working creatively online with you and we welcome your comments and support! Feel free to contact me via [email protected] if you have a burning creative idea or work that you would like to showcase on the website.
 
Till our next update,
 
Have a fantamastic month of August! And spead the word to like us on Facebook! We love to be liked just like you!
 
Creating new ripples again through "The Imperfect Life of Sonja Hozain",
 
Dr Puva Arumugam
 
 

Opinions - young and old - they matter!

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)
In my last blog, I highlighted how parents play a role in planting the seed of creativity in their children by being inevitable role models. In this blog, I am highlighting how parents can help to mould and also respect opinions expressed by children.
 
Opinions matter in anything we say, write or do. Without an opinion, any creative piece, be it a drawing; a poem; a play; an article or even a speech will be deemed to be lacking expression.
 
A school in Singapore last week organised a father and son weekend camp. A father who went for this camp told me how useful this was for him. Just to have quality father-son time was indeed a rare treat especially when fathers are usually very busy at work.
He said: "I learnt so much about parenting - I wish I had this activity with my older son!"
 
One particular activity that he mentioned was clearing an obstacle course with his son. Apparently, the dads and sons were put in groups of four and five and they had to clear a particular obstacle course with given parameters and time frame. All the fathers got together and they worked out a strategy on how best they can clear this obstacle. They then instructed how this strategy would be carried out and what roles they would play and how the sons can chip in and help them clear the obstacle. And most groups cleared the obstacles quite quickly and effectively.
 
When they had the debrief, the coach asked the groups how the exercise was and the response from the fathers were happy how they worked with their sons to clear the obstacle course. The coach then asked the fathers how many of them consulted their sons in coming up with the strategy. "None of the groups consulted their sons" was the popular answer. The coach then asked the fathers why none of them chose to ask their sons on how to clear this obstacle. And that got all fathers thinking..yes, they should have asked how the sons would clear this obstacle.
 
You see, the point of the exercise was not to clear the obstacle...it was to engage with the sons to learn about how the sons would clear the obstacle and to listen to their ideas and opinions on matters.
 
And this applies to school or creative work too. Think about: How often have you asked your child what his or her opinion on a matter has been? How often have you asked your child how he or she would do a particular piece of work? How often have you suggested how the work should be done? It is not wrong to offer our suggestion...but it would work better if you have an idea on how they feel about an issue or a matter.
 
Asking the child for their opinion actually lifts their self esteem. They realise that their opinions matter. They realise that their ideas are worth talking about. And that they are not shut down or shut off for expressing an opinion. Believe me, the damage you do by expressing for your child is long term. The goodness of getting your child to have an opinion is also long term.
 
As parents and adults, we can always guide them to express appropriate opinions to suit the purpose of the exercise. Sometimes, kids say the darnest things. This can be owing to a variety of reasons: attention seeking, lack of exposure, just for fun or because they are very linear in their train of thoughts. To most kids, things are Black or White. They only learn about the colour Grey from us- Adults.
 
So it is good to encourage them to express their Black and White opinions from young and to slowly mould them to think about how best they can express their thoughts out loud, on paper, through colour, with words and actions.
 
I hope these tips come in useful. Do feel free to send me your comments as there is never a right or wrong answer...it is just an opinion.
 
 
Creatively,
Dr Puva Arumugam

Planting the seed of creativity in young talents

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)
This would come as a surprise to a few but kids do take their parents really seriously. Whether we like it or not, kids do take their parents and carers to be role models either directly or indirectly.

Being a single mom, I have always tried to be a good parent by being the person who provides, nurtures and being there for my two children 24/7. Since I am both a mum and a dad at all times, my typical day is often very busy where I am running around getting things organised and done from dawn till the end of the day.  

It is a blessing that both my children are currently my ambassadors for Gemz Creative Arts. As such, we tend to work together quite regularly. Apart from the books that they are writing, I also work with them to bring out their creativity in arts and crafts, songs, dance among other things. When I work with them, I  always seen myself as a Creative Director working with young talents.  

It came as a surprise lately when both my children started taking a keen interest in poetry. Both of them submitted their creative poems eagerly for review and asked if they could be posted on the website. And I was impressed with their style of writing and enthusiasm. They were also pointing out good poems written by their friends and urged me to have the poems posted on our website and I actually approached their friends for samples.  

As part of creative writing exercise, I have always worked on prose and creative short stories and narratives. We have never worked on poems. Hence, I was taken aback and even asked out aloud why and when they became so interested in poems. Their answer was they wanted to be like their mummy as I had just recently published my book which was a collection of my poems. That touched me greatly and also got me thinking. 

I have never promoted myself as a poet as my strength lies in writing short stories and plays. But I have written poems since young as it is something that comes to me as a reflex action more than writing for passion or as a creative expression. It just seemed logical that I publish my poems first as they were easy to compile and it required very little editing. During the process of publishing the book, my children played a vital role in proof reading, choosing the design colour, the photos and just being my audience. I did not realise that engaging them from the inception of the book actually acted as a catalyst to instil their interest in writing poems themselves. In fact, my eldest daughter has memorised a couple of my poems and from time to time, she narrates a couple of lines to test if I remember if the lines were from my poems. This is a joy both as a parent and as a poet that I can't explain in words to anyone. 

So my note to all parents: Remember that your children are watching and learning from you at all times, Whether you are a homemaker, hairdresser, a bank manager, an accountant or a doctor, you will leave impressions in them and these impressions can be used positively to bring out the best in them. You can also plant the seed of creativity in them by spending just a few minutes each week reading or talking to them about a story, an art work, a few lines that rhyme or a jingle or a rap that they would like to write, sing, draw or just listen to. The seed has to be planted by you! And believe me it will be worth the investment of your time!

  

Puva Arumugam

 



  

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