Sunday, 2 February 2014

Gisele Turners Creative Drama Studio Supports Home School Kids in Durban!

I have some very exciting news! It seems that one of Durban's Artistic Creators is starting up a Children's (and young teens) Creative Drama Studio - with options for Home-schooled children!
The lesson fee is R200 for a 3hr session, which includes art materials and a snack & juice.
There are two sessions a month, currently on the second and fourth Wednesday morning 9.30 through to 12.30. So that will work out at R400 a month for a interactive social morning - these activities will help with self confidence, team building, public speaking and more. 

"At present I will be working with learners aged from 6 to 15, hopefully, when the work starts, the word of mouth will create interest and the school can grow." Gisele said. Gisele has put some thought into the time and set-up of her Dramatic play group, "I figured that home-school moms would prefer fewer but longer sessions as a) they need to bring them to my house and b) they can take the morning off to do things for themselves." And as all Home-School Mom's can testify: When you Home-School - time is a precious commodity!! 

Below please see the full information pack for this amazing opportunity :) 

The following creative activities are offered. Morning classes for Home School Learners, afternoon classes and individual lessons available as well. 

Good Speech:
Good Speech development is key to communication. Exercises for the articulatory organs – tongue, lips, hard and soft palate as well as good breathing techniques assist in the clear formation of words and flow of language.

Good Sight Reading:
Word recognition and correct pronunciation of words supports reading aloud as well as reading silently. Practice at sight reading gives learners confidence and eloquence. 

Good Speech Making:  
Being able to express thoughts aloud clearly and confidently is a valuable tool in any situation. By practicing Speech Making, both prepared and improvised, learners are able to respond sincerely and individually in conversations, dialogues and in formal and informal presentation.   

reading and learning poems that are relevant, contemporary and fun start an important relationship with this beautiful literary form. Poetry introduces new vocabulary and the opportunity to express ideas and concepts in an interesting way. Learning poetry assists with mental agility and memory training as well as recognising subtle concepts and being able to deliver  in a meaningful way.

Reading from books, whether classics or new contemporary literature engenders a love for reading and stories. It too enhances vocabulary, assists in sentence construction, phrasing and correct interpretation.

Written Plays:
Monologues, dialogues, scenes from well known plays can be read aloud and the basis of plot and character development explored. From the simplest of concepts to more sophisticated ideas, reading plays supports the reader in learning how to internalise different characters and deliver them with authenticity. 

Creative Writing:
Writing short poems, stories and plays either individually or as a group is very satisfying and reflects the immediate interests of the learners. For older learners, creative writing is a valuable tool for private self expression or for projection of ideas and opinions through other characters.

Learning to play different characters is fun. Creating a character for the stage involves acute observation and concentration for everything needs to be authentic. By playing different characters, learners can allow themselves a certain freedom which is healthy.

Improvised play making around a particular subject, setting the dialogue and then performing the scene is a very satisfying occupation. It involves group dynamics, skill in creating interesting and plausible story lines, using language and styles of speaking and appeals to both logic and creativity.

Physical Theatre:
This style of theatre incorporates movement and mime and is an exciting channel for self expression through the whole body.

Story Telling: 
Learners will explore how to sustain a narrative as well as create the various voices of the characters and keep the plot alive and flowing. Story Telling is a complex form of drama that employs many different techniques and helps develop confidence in self expression.

Movement is not dance as there are no specific steps. It is the natural and creative expression of the body enhancing a concept. Movement can be both structured and unstructured; it can be to music, or sound effects, or in silence. It builds physical confidence and also creates a channel for those who are not prone to language.

Basic mime techniques require discipline and correct visualisation as well as a sharp memory. It assists in time and space management, awareness of every day gesture and movement and affords an opportunity for creative thinking and expression. It develops logic while at the same time allowing for free thinking processes.

Music is an important part of creative play. It can be pre recorded or created using voices and simple instruments. Percussion instruments can be used to enhance story telling or movement. Singing helps develop good breath control and the same techniques used in speech development can be used in singing or chanting.


Object Theatre:
This involves the animation of inanimate objects for dramatic effect. Whether the object is a puppet, a toy or a piece of paper, learning to animate an object is a natural part of child development. Learning skills for effective animation of objects is lots of fun and requires active use of the imagination and innovation.

Simple props can be made in the art class and then used to enhance the plays that have been created in the improvisation classes. This gives the play a creative edge and shifts it into something which can be repeated and watched by others.

Dress Ups:
The dress up box is an essential part of having fun with dramatic play. Hats, cloaks, jackets, skirts, shawls etc are there to give a visual boost to the improvisation and support imaginative play.

By drawing, painting or sculpting learners develop strong visual associations with words and concepts. For those who are inclined to visual expression it is an important channel for expressing individual ideas or enhancing concepts absorbed through other mediums.

ph 031 4645871
mobile 083 5458546 

Lessons take place at 45 Vausedale Crescent in Escombe

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