Articulate has added two new programmes to its roster: a book lovers’ club and a drama club.
The Book Lovers’ Club is offered for six to 11 year olds and is an ideal after-school activity to keep creative children’s minds stimulated.
‘At Book Lovers’ Club we will read and discuss some of the best children’s books ever written,’ said Katie Lock, teacher with Articulate. ‘Children will also develop, write and illustrate their own stories, the finished version of which will be sent to a book publisher for printing and binding.’
Book Lovers’ Club is held in the MCR Building on Eclipse Drive, just off Eastern Avenue, on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm for children in Years 1 and 2, and Saturdays from 10 am to 11am for children in Years 3 to 5. At the end-of-term book signing and reading, each child will be presented with their own book, which they can read aloud if they choose.
Drama courses are also offered for children ages five to eight on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Articulate is the brainchild of Nancy Barnard, former director of the National Gallery, whose goal is to nurture children to unlock their creativity and discover their own creative soul.
‘At about the age of five we are using about 80 per cent of our creative potential,’ said Mrs. Barnard. ‘We invent daily – no matter that our inventions have been invented before, the fact is that we are innovating at a remarkable rate. The scary coda to this story is that by the age of 12, our creative output has declined to about two per cent of our potential, and it generally stays there for the rest of our lives.’
Articulate courses are available for children from three to 11 years old in visual arts, drama, literary arts and French. All Articulate courses are taught by fully qualified teachers and each course lasts 10 weeks and has a maximum of 10 children per class.