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Pomegranate's Online Summer Workshop Schedule 2020

Dear All,

Summer is here and have you realised that while we are at home, we have started doing things we may have never done before? Everyone is trying out something new, be it trying out a new recipe, getting creative with ordinary chores or even discovering a new skill. Since we are all witnesses to this unique path of discovery, how about we create something together?  Voilà! Art to the rescue!

The much awaited Pomegranate Summer programs are here and this time all of these modules are online!

Read on for details of the workshops, registration and faculty below. 

Very limited seats, kindly respond soonest!  

Workshop Title

Age Group

Dates

Time

Fees

Family Art – Memory Art Installation in the style of American Artist Anne Marie Grgich

9 to 14 years along with parents and others adults in the family

13th, 14th May

11am to 12:30pm

1000/-

Family Art -Create  your own Family Boardgame

8 to 14 years along with parents and others adults in the family

26th, 27th, 28th May

11am to 12:30pm

1500/-

Songwriting 101- an online workshop focused on writing and composing your own songs.

13 to 17 years

12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd May

11am to 12pm

2000/-

What’s your story?- an online creative writing module

9 to 12 years

12th, 15th, 19, 22nd May

4pm to 5:30pm

2000/-

Spin A Film with Nupur Asthana!

14 to 18 years

15th , 18th, 21st, 28th May

6pm to 7pm

4000/-

Monodrama with Joy Fernandes!

12 to 17 years

11th, 13th, 15th 16th May

6pm to 7pm

4000/-

Art Country Series – The Art of Tanzania

9 to 14 years

18th, 20th, 22nd May

4pm to 5pm

1500/-

Superhero Tales - an online creative writing module

9 to 13 years

19th, 21st May

4pm to 5pm

1000/-

Story Time with Rajasaurus – The Dino King!

3-6 years – all children need to have 1 parent present with them during the session

11th, 13th, 15th, 20th May

 

4pm to 5pm

350/- Per session

(1200/- if registering for all four sessions)

 

 Family Art – Memory Art Installation 
 

Making art as a family doesn’t only leave you with great memories but also brings you together during this trying time. Honestly, we don’t need any fancy material, just the basics like scissors, newspapers, glue, pencils, pens, colouring tools, things around the house, and mainly YOUR IDEAS!

One thing that keeps us going through tough times are our memories. These little stories that already exist immediately bring back a feeling of warmth. Create a riveting work of art by putting down all your memories, in the form of words, symbols, unique dishes, favourite moments, colours, fabric, photographs, handprints, places you’ve travelled to, important dates, souvenirs and just about everything that makes your family unique and represents each family member. During this specialised online session, you will explore the mixed media collage technique in the style of contemporary American artist, Anne Marie Grgich thus opening up a treasure of ideas for your work of art – all using materials from around your house! And by the end of this session, you will be proud creators of a splendid work of art that can be put up in your home.

Create your Family Boardgame

Now who said that you always have to download games to stay entertained? Here’s a unique module that shows you to how create a 3D boardgame at home with your family. And what’s more, it can be totally personalised to suit your family members, their preferences, the layout of your home and neighbourhood, and aspects that are unique only to your family. Dive in, to create your own family boardgame from scratch! Using found materials around you, explore and create boardgames that the family can play together! Experiment with the setting of your game as you incorporate real-life places around you, fashion your own rules, all from the comfort of your home in this bespoke online module!

Requirements: Access to a computer, video call facilities and the internet; Materials such as paper, crayons, paints, boxes, cloth, glue, newspapers/magazines, etc.

Faculty: Komal Suryawanshi specializes in printmaking and painting. Her prints have been awarded in the State Art Exhibition in the year 2013 and 2014. She conducts several art and printmaking workshops with The Pomegranate Workshop. Komal’s styles of interest include Folk Art, Kerala style paintings, Madhubani for its elegance and art with far-eastern influences and experimenting with exclusive art media. She enjoys researching performing art, sculpture and architecture for her classrooms. Komal is a print maker and has completed her Masters in Fine Art from Northern University- Jalgaon. 

Advaita Mane - A dancer, storyteller and dramatist, Advaita’s aim is to infuse each session with multiple arts that awaken the magician in each child. Advaita Mane is an Odissi danseuse for over 20 years and has several performances and accolades to her credit. A recipient of the ‘Singaar Mani’ national title by the Sur SingaarSamsad, she has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India for Odissi. Advaita plunged into storytelling at Amar Chitra Katha with a focus on Emotional Intelligence of children. A graduate in Philosophy, Advaita has been a member of The Poona Arts Theatre for the past several years and completed multiple levels of the Speech and Drama course offered by The Trinity College, London. Her love for Indian art and mythology further led her to complete a Diploma in Natyashastra from The Nalanda Institute of Dance and in Indian Aesthetics from Jnanapravah, Mumbai.

At Pomegranate, Advaita works as Head of Workshop Experience and Social Sector Outreach tapping into all her skills as a dancer and storyteller to create imaginative classrooms which tap into the creative spirit in each child.

Songwriting 101

Do you enjoy humming a tune? Always wanted to write a song but didn’t know where to start? The Pomegranate Workshop presents ‘Songwriting 101’ – an online workshop focused on writing and composing your own songs. After the success of the Battle of the Bands competition at Pomegranate WeCreate 2019, we bring songwriting into your homes!

This summer, unleash the songwriter within you as you learn how to turn ideas into concrete lyrics and melodies!

All you need is to have a high level of interest in music and a passion to create your own songs. Although a prior training of vocal or instrumental music would be preferable, you can join in even if you have not undertaken this before. Singers, instrumentalists and composers are welcome!

What will we do?

Through a virtual classroom, we will explore different genres like pop, rock or even rap if that’s up your alley. In the two weeks of working together, we promise to bring out the styles and ideas, which you are best at. This includes group and individual tasks, plus individual feedback on songwriting and composition!

Participants will be encouraged to make connections to the world around them, reflect on their musical interests and ideate for concepts around which they build their song. They will also engage in group exercises to understand the structure of a melody.

You will also be meeting participant songwriters who have previously attended this workshop and created as well as performed their own songs at none other than the Royal Opera House, Mumbai as part of the Battle of the Bands! A peer-to-peer learning angle is an added bonus as young minds refine their songwriting skills.

At the end of the two weeks, participants will have written their own songs which can be shared on the Pomegranate Facebook Page & Instagram handle as audio-visuals, or written pieces!

Faculty:

Pranita Pandurangi is a Bombay-based singer, actor, writer and songwriter. Pranita writes, composes and sings hers own songs generally in the pop and ghazal genre. She also writes Urdu poetry. 'Rang’ is her debut album, released in 2019.

Trained in Hindustani classical vocal music for the past 16 years, and semi classical music for the past 5 years, she has also conceptualized and performed her own music and storytelling concerts, having taken it to Prithvi Theatre's Annual Youth Festival, Thespo '17 and Thespo '18 and Kahanikar ‘17. She has completed her Masters' degree in Ancient Indian Culture, and holds the Visharad degree in Hindustani classical vocal music. 

She has also been a part of 4 musical theatre productions as a singer and an actor - Ishq Aaha, Bade Miyan Deewane, Jungle Book, and Bandish. She has extensively performed at various theatre festivals across India - such as Jairangam Theatre Festival, Jaipur and Summer Theatre Festival, NSD.

Requirements: Access to a computer, video call facilities and the internet, paper, pen, musical instruments (if any)

What's Your Story?

Stuck at home with no possibility of going out? Take this time and let the creative bug bite you! Pomegranate presents ‘What's Your Story?'– an online bi-weekly creative writing course where young writers can come together, hone their craft and learn from the best!

How does it work?

Participants will look at 2 genres a week and at the end of four weeks, they will have covered 4 genres. They will use virtual classrooms during which they will be introduced to the genre, participate in exciting hands-on tasks and work on a written piece. Individual feedback on their work will also be provided via email during this time. The course includes video tutorials, individual feedback on written pieces as well a variety of resource materials such as handouts & readings.

What genres will we be looking at?

Poetry – Exploring the world of poetry through found objects and creating sensory & found poems

Fractured Fairy tale – Understanding how popular fairy tales can be re-examined from new perspectives as participants put their own spin on popular tales

Journaling – Experimenting with a variety of prompts and using the world around to understand the nuances of journaling

Quest – Engaging with the concept of quest as a journey, participants experiment with creating different worlds

Requirements: Access to a computer, video call facilities and the internet

Faculty: Apeksha Harsh holds an MA in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She also has an MA in Writing from The University of Warwick, UK. During her time in the UK, she penned the Japanese folktale-based opera Kaguyahime for Operamus. Later, she worked with Writing West Midlands as an Assistant Writer for the PolesworthWrite On! Writing Squad. Apeksha’s poetry and prose has been published in Under the Radar, Ambit, Fusion, Here Comes Everyone and Eunoia Review.

She also taught creative writing to Grade 3 students at St John’s Primary School, Coventry as part of the Warwick Writing Programme in Schools (WWPS) which culminated in an anthology of creative works. As Head of Language Programmes & School Outreach at The Pomegranate Workshop, Apeksha puts her love for words at the forefront - she has conducted various writing workshops in international schools, government schools, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), International Children's Film Festival (ICCFI), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), among others.

Spin A Film with Nupur Asthana!

 

As we sit at home, we really do wonder when we will be creating something as a group with our peers. All work seems so solitary at this point doesn't it?

How does one make new friends and create new things?

 

Well, it’s totally possible and we shall do it by making a film together! Yes, a film together. Want to know how that works?

Film Director Nupur Asthana will take us through the process and you will be amazed as a single film emerges as a team even as you each work and script and film in your own homes and then create one final film together!

Film making is about team work and this very unique module ensures that it stays that way.

 

 

Program Format

 

5th May, Tuesday

Zoom online classroom and first assignment brief for students

6th May Wednesday & 7th May Thursday

Students to complete assignment and send it via email for feedback

8th May, Friday

Zoom online class to start work on scripting the film

11th May, Monday

Zoom online class to finish scripting

12th May, Tuesday, 13th May, Wednesday 

Students to finish shooting their portions and send in the footage

18th May, Monday

Zoom online class to view final edit of the film and discuss

 

About Nupur Asthana

 

Hit Television shows:

 

Hip Hip Hurray the coming-of-age dramedy series about a bunch of kids in their last year of high school was the first independent work that she created, wrote (story & screenplay) and directed (Season 1, 80 episodes). Produced by UTV and telecast on Zee Tv, Hip Hip Hurray became a runaway smash hit that regularly shows up in several ‘best tv shows’ lists. It is currently streaming on ZEE 5.

The popular mini-series Mahi Way telecast on Sony Ent. (25 episodes) that Nupur directed was a slice of life dramedy about an overweight girl who struggles with life and love and finally learns to accept herself.

Hubahu (30 episodes, Sony Ent.) a drama series about twin sisters exchanging lives set in Bangkok and Mumbai received critical acclaim and Time Bomb (Zee Tv, Co Directed 24 episodes with veteran Ketan Mehta) an action adventure extravaganza was also nominated for several awards including a Best Director nomination for her at The Indian Telly awards.

Her debut feature film was the hugely popular teen movie Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge produced by Y Films the youth arm of Yashraj Films.

Her 2nd feature film Bewakoofiyaan starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Rishi Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor was a quirky dramedy

Nupur directed a 10 part web series Romil and Jugal produced by Ekta Kapoor

for ALTBalaji and her latest directorial is the 10 part Season 2 of Amazon Prime's series Four More Shots Please that released worldwide on April 17th.

 

 

Pomegranate's Monodrama with Joy Fernandes!

 

There is drama in each of us, all it needs is a bit of tapping into, a lot of fun thrown in and lo and behold, the performer in you has surfaced!

 

Monodrama, popularly known as the 'Mono Act' is performed by a single person. It's a highly nuanced form where the actor could be speaking dialogues of multiple characters and bringing in various performative elements including music.

 

It's a riveting form where a single person holds the attention of the audience to create a complete act.

 

It also requires a lot of work, preparation, voice work, dialogue delivery, expression and a great love of the text being performed.

 

In Pomegranate's Monodrama, Joy Fernandes will take participants through these processes step by step with individual guidance. At the end of 2 weeks, each performer will have created and performed a complete piece for the family and on video!

 

 

Program Format: 

Participants must send in the monologues that they need to perform by the 1st of May, for the mentor to get familiar with them. These could be ready texts chosen by the participant or should the participant choose to write their own text, Joy Fernandes can help them refine them if required. The monologue cannot be more than 5 minutes in performance time.

First session on 4th May - Participants will be taken through various exercises to help them understand how best to connect with the text before memorization. Also basic exercises for voice and breath as well as basic exercises for drama.

(Participants then get familiar and should know their passages by the next session. They should send videos of their work before the next session on 6th (latest by 11am on the 6th) )

Second session on 6th May – After the feedback, participants will be taken through further exercises that will make them attempt the text with focus on different elements like vocal range and breathing patterns. Voice, breath and diction will also be focussed on via different exercises. Drama and craft-based techniques will also be discussed

(Participants will use these elements and send in videos till 11am, 8th May.)

Third session on 8th May – After the feedback, Participants will be taken through exercises that will help them understand how best to use their body language to complement their vocal and dramatic range. Voice, breath, diction as well as physical exercises will be focussed on to aid overall development.

(Participants will send in their videos latest by 2pm on 9th May)

Last session on 9th May – Their feedback will be given and specific hints and pointers will be focussed on in this session. The exercises will also be customised to best suit the needs of the last session.

(Participants will send in their final videos latest by 9pm, 10th May)

Final feedback will be sent to them on email or by video (only if required) latest by 12th May.

 

About Joy Fernandes:

 

Joy Fernandes has over three decades of experience on stage, both nationally and internationally. His international work includes playing the comic lead ‘Nick Bottom’ in the internationally acclaimed version of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ directed by Tim Supple which ran for over 250 successful shows in India, US, UK, Canada, Europe and Australia. He also played the principal character of ‘Shantilal’ in the commercial hit ‘Merchants of Bollywood’ directed by Toby Gough and was part of their successful tours in UK, China, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore.

Joy has also acted for, worked and workshopped with theatre stalwarts like Dame Cicely Berry, Irshad Panjatan, Catherine Dubois, Naseerudin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Ramu Ramanathan, Danish Hussain and others. He has acted in, written, directed and produced several successful plays over the years. He has acted in several feature films (Jajantaram Mamantaram, Paanch, Dasvidanya etc), and directed, scripted and acted for several TV shows, ads, web-series, stand-up gigs, conceived and hosted events etc. He has trained every age and personality profile in voice and drama and is a member of the Guest Faculty for Comedy, Voice, Breath, Speech and Improvisation, at the prestigious Films and Television Training Institute in Pune. He conducts theatre therapy for corporates under his brand, EnterTrainment. Humour, comedy, wit and satire are an integral part of Joy and passionately show up in most of his work.

 

 

Pomegranate's Art Country Series!

 

The Art of Tanzania

 

We move to the next country on our list at Art Country!

 

Tanzania. The very name conjures up the grasslands of the mighty Serengeti, prides of lions, Mt Kilimanjaro, a dazzling blue ocean and of course powerful tribes like the Masai who legend has it, can fight lions with their bare hands!

 

What’s more the oldest evidence of hominids and of man as we know ourselves is found in Tanzania - truly an incomparable land. Let’s go there!

The three sessions will comprise loads of stories that traverse the land, its topography and life and of course its magnificent art which we will all make together!

 

Our focus in these 3 sessions would be

 

1.     Tinga Tinga - The art of painting in the style of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, a Tanzanian artist who painted on many kinds of surfaces using his famed dot motif style. He rendered the beautiful landscape of Africa and its animals in this inimitable style.

 

2.     Masai jewellery with grain! Ever thought about creating magnificent Masai jewellery (worn by both men and women) entirely from grain? Let’s find out how and create a great keepsake.

 

3.     African Masks - Get into the secret behind African masks. Masks in Africa are not merely decorative. The wearer takes on a spirit or a form and through elaborate rituals that comprise dance too sometimes, invokes forces of nature.

 

Welcome to the grand spectacle of Tanzania in your homes!

 

Once your art work is completed do mail us a picture and we can provide feedback on it

 

Multi Faculty Program:

 

Our art facilitator for this module, Komal Suryawanshi specializes in printmaking and painting. Her prints have been awarded in the State Art Exhibition in the year 2013 and 2014. She conducts several art and printmaking workshops with The Pomegranate Workshop. Komal’s styles of interest include Folk Art, Kerala style paintings, Madhubani for its elegance and art with far-eastern influences and experimenting with exclusive art media. She enjoys researching performing art, sculpture and architecture for her classrooms. Komal is a print maker and has completed her Masters in Fine Art from Northern University- Jalgaon. 

 

Komal will be accompanied by Pomegranate facilitators Apeksha Harsh (Head of Language Programmes at Pomegranate) and Advaita Mane (dancer and Head of Workshop Experience at Pomegranate) and also music facilitators from Pomegranate as part of these sessions.

 

                                                              

Superhero Tales

 

Ever had an idea for your own superhero? Or thought you could do it better than some of the books and movies out there? At Superhero Tales create your own superhero story! Whether it is an origin story or a face-off with a nemesis, we will take you through the entire creative process.

 

During the online sessions, participants will

·        craft their characters, be it heroes, villains or minor characters

·        work on world building to understand the world their character inhabits

·        focus on the driving conflict in their piece to gauge the direction their work will take

 

This workshop includes video tutorials, individual feedback on written pieces as well as handy tips and resources to help you craft your superhero tale! Participants will work on their superhero tales with the final draft submitted on Friday for feedback.

 

Faculty:

Yashasvi Vachhani

Yashasvi holds an MA in Literature from  SNDT University in Mumbai. She worked as a journalist at Time Out covering the arts and culture scene in Mumbai. She also worked as assistant curator of the children's section called Half Ticket at the Mumbai Film Festival. She has worked as an assistant director at several schools for their annual day plays. She has a keen interest in books and children's literature, she is assistant curator at Peek A Book Children's Literature Festival that takes place at the Royal Opera House, she manages the Peek A Book Children's  Choice Award which is a unique award selected by a jury of children. She curates and manages the children's literature section at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai, one of the largest cultural festivals in the world. She recently launched a project called The Hope Train that aims to send letters (virtual) to children written by children's authors and illustrators from around the world during this pandemic. 

 

At Pomegranate, she is a facilitator of the reading and creative writing programmes. She brings her love for books, poetry and all things words to her clasess. She aims to spread of the magic of stories and create spaces where students can access the depths of their unique imaginations and bring it to their works of art. 

 

Story Time with Rajasaurus – the Dino King!

Summer is here and it’s a beautiful time to immerse yourself in the magic of stories with your tiny tots! And just as well, because Rajasaurus the Dino King is on a quest to collect amazing stories! Meet Rajasaurus as he visits our homes to hear stories, exchange notes about his dinosaur kingdom and learn fun artwork that can be done with the entire family! This exciting online workshop combines storytelling, theatre, music and art as our facilitators take you through stories from around the world that will pique your child’s curiosity and surely excite Rajasaurus the beloved Dino King! From The Sand Dragon to Franklin’s Blanket, there are tales full of friendship, love and imagination! Play around with collage work, finger painting, sing songs and wear your story crowns each time we meet! And what’s more, every time Rajasaurus returns, he shares how the other dinos in his kingdom have taken to the new stories he has collected! Don’t be surprised if you learn a thing or two from the Dino King himself! He’s a lively, excited dinosaur who is ever ready to learn and always happy to share what he feels – whether it’s an insight into a story or how he’s feeling that day! So come join in the fun this summer!

 

Requirements: Access to a computer, video call facilities and the internet, materials like paper, glue, crayons, sketch pens, paints, rags, scissors

 

Faculty:

 

Apeksha Harsh holds an MA in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She also has an MA in Writing from The University of Warwick, UK. During her time in the UK, she penned the Japanese folktale-based opera Kaguyahime for Operamus. She also taught creative writing to Grade 3 students at St John’s Primary School, Coventry as part of the Warwick Writing Programme in Schools (WWPS) which culminated in an anthology of creative works. Later, she worked with Writing West Midlands as an Assistant Writer for the Polesworth Write On! Writing Squad.Apeksha’s poetry and prose has been published in Under the Radar, Ambit, Fusion, Here Comes Everyone and Eunoia Review. As Head of Language Programmes & School Outreach at The Pomegranate Workshop, Apeksha puts her love for words at the forefront - she has conducted various writing workshops in international schools, government schools, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), International Children's Film Festival (ICCFI), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), among others. In her free time, she loves eating Asian food, singing to dogs, shaking a leg and watching Snakes in the City!

Advaita Mane - A dancer, storyteller and dramatist, Advaita’s aim is to infuse each session with multiple arts that awaken the magician in each child. Advaita Mane is an Odissi danseuse for over 20 years and has several performances and accolades to her credit. A recipient of the ‘Singaar Mani’ national title by the Sur SingaarSamsad, she has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India for Odissi. Advaita plunged into storytelling at Amar Chitra Katha with a focus on Emotional Intelligence of children. A graduate in Philosophy, Advaita has been a member of The Poona Arts Theatre for the past several years and completed multiple levels of the Speech and Drama course offered by The Trinity College, London. Her love for Indian art and mythology further led her to complete a Diploma in Natyashastra from The Nalanda Institute of Dance and in Indian Aesthetics from Jnanapravah, Mumbai.

At Pomegranate, Advaita works as Head of Workshop Experience and Social Sector Outreach tapping into all her skills as a dancer and storyteller to create imaginative classrooms which tap into the creative spirit in each child.

 

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ABOUT THE POMEGRANATE WORKSHOP

The Pomegranate Workshop is a Mumbai-based arts education company that has, for the last fourteen years, worked with leading schools to deliver co-curricular arts programming. Pomegranate's student theatre productions have been featured at the National Center for the Performing Arts, Mumbai and in 2016, Pomegranate's Antigone 2.0 was picked in the top 10 Theatre Picks of Mumbai by the Mumbai Theatre Guide. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Pomegranate's student films have made it to an aggregate of 15 International Film festivals including Norway, Los Angeles, Turkey, Kenya, Bucharest and have won several awards including 'Best Film' in the youth category at the 19th International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI). Pomegranate has worked with the National Gallery of Modern Art, The Prince of Wales Museum and has conducted several learning events in collaboration with the Australian Consulate in Mumbai. Pomegranate works with several large education NGOs on capacity building programmes. Last year,
Pomegranate conducted WeCreate 2019, a one of a kind interschool festival
themed on sustainability giving over 700+ students a platform to voice their
thoughts on the future of our planet.