The Spring Vacation Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Spring Vacation Program! Running from the 26th of September to the 6th of October, our program is sprouting with new creative ideas!

In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re getting stuck in to some sweet upcycling in Spring Junk Sculpture, some beautiful botanical oil painting in Botanical Oils, and some great garden genius in Gnomania, and Garden Printmaking.

Creative Catalyst

In Vala, some springtime opportunities for becoming great characters emerge in The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell, and the grand ministers of King Trisong Detsen must come together to discover The Elixir of Longevity.

The Elixir of Longevity

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check out the Spring Vacation Program after the jump!

WEEK ONE
Creative Catalyst Tuesday
September 26th
Mega Collage
Drawing, Painting, & Collage
Wednesday
September 27th
Botanical Oils
Oil Painting
Thursday
September 28th
Spring Alcoves
Ceramics
Friday
September 29th
Wearable Art
Mixed Materials
Vala Dramatic Adventures Tuesday
September 26th
The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots
The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell
Wednesday
September 27th
Masters of Wind & Wave
Rant and Roar
Thursday
September 28th
Knights of the Round Table
The Broken Sword
Friday
September 29th
Priests of the Ancient Nile
The Book of Going Forth by Day
WEEK TWO
Creative Catalyst Tuesday
October 3rd
Spring Junk Sculpture
Upcycled Mixed Materials
Wednesday
October 4th
Avian Animalia
Ceramics
Thursday
October 5th
Gnomania
Ceramics
Friday
October 6th
Garden Printmaking
Mixed Media & Painting
Vala Dramatic Adventures Tuesday
October 3rd
Time Bandits
Mystery of the Faberge Eggs
Wednesday
October 4th
Young Mutant Chronicles
The Miasma Misadventure
Thursday
October 5th
Padmasambhava Comes to Tibet
The Elixir of Longevity
Friday
October 6th
Freedom of the Bush
Governor of the Ranges

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Term 3 Program

Welcome back to term! It’s always lovely to return to the After-school program, and term 3 is no exception!

In Creative Catalyst, we’re excited to have Dieter take the reins of a few classes (find out more here) as we launch into more amazing artistry with Printmaking – Into the Future and Alcoves, a fabulous ceramics project. Later on, we’ll be seeing the magic of Oils mixing with the beauty of botany in Botanical Oil Painting, and exploring the magnificence of charcoals in Big Grey Drawings.

Term 3 ProgramIn Vala’s Dramatic Adventure Program we’re really thrilled to launch into a new way of exploring our stories – with deeper three-week dives into some of our most popular stories – from the Young Mutant Chronicles, the Mountains of Tibet, and even the Bushveldt of South Africa – with a host of new features coming to bear in term 3 for good measure.

Term 3 Program

In Cornucopia, We’re all super excited to launch in with a scrumptious breakfast theme with Cereals and, the following week, Yoghurt Cultures. We’re all really excited to see what our soon-to-be wizards of the Kitchen Garden whip up!

Term 3 Program

In Sparks Creative Play, we’re discovering a new world of fantastic ways to creatively engage as we establish our own Audio centre, as well as exploring flavour and sensation with Cornucopia, and their crowd favourite engagements with Vala and Catalyst continue through term 3 as our Creative Program unrolls!

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Call out for old ceramics!

smashed plate to be up-cycled for mosaic
don’t despair! bring them in and share!

Hello everyone- we are putting a call out for your old ceramics! Do you have a secret stash of chipped plates, broken cups or slightly tarnished patterned tiles. Are you sentimentally hanging on to garishly coloured 70’s saucers or your grandmothers old cracked soup tureen? Bring them into Aeoncademy and we will convert them into beautiful new mosaics and objet d’art in term  4.

reuse of old ceramics
Recycled cups in a succulent mosaic

Spring Menu

Morning teas

Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer. We will offer options such as natural yoghurt, fresh or stewed fruit, whole grain cereals, low sugar baked goods, toasties, eggs, unhomogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

Lunches

 

For spring lunches we will be looking towards all the new season veggies and greens that are just starting to appear at the markets.

Soups and stews will be are starting to give way to pastas and rice, less warming and super filling. Fried rice, spaghetti Bolognaise and Lasagne are all favourites at Aeon.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

After the success of burger day last holidays we will be doing this again instead of, or maybe as well as, sausage sizzle. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs and lots of salad.

Afternoon teas

Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling. Some examples include:

Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;

Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;

Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;

Toasties;

Housemade wedges;

Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.

House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.

MiniSparks!

In response to a growing demand for our specialised creative programs Aeoncademy is opening up a new ‘MiniSparks‘ class to help better nurture the creative spark in our youngest students.
Aeoncademy is dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities in a friendly environment. On our biggest days for our after school sessions; Monday and Tuesday, our fledgling ‘MiniSparks‘ will have greater opportunity to explore their creativity with a dedicated carer by their side who will lead this smaller class through a flexible student driven program spanning the visual, dramatic and culinary arts.
As children in the MiniSparks develop skills and experience they will move into the Sparks group. As usual Sparks at age 7 will be given the opportunity to graduate from the Sparks program altogether and take the next step on their Aeoncademy journey. Creative Catalyst, Vala and Cornucopia all eagerly await graduating Sparks!
We are excited to launch this class and observe the subsequent changes to the Sparks program which we believe will be highly positive and lead to greater engagement for our youngest Aeoncademy members.
As always if you’d like to chat, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Snacks and Soil

Cottage cheese, jerky, crackers and dips – The children of Cornucopia have, over the past few weeks, made this essential suite of snack foods and taken them home to share with their families.

We made labne from our own yoghurt which we mixed with herbs from the garden, and curdled some milk with lemon juice for a simple curd cheese.A really enjoyable time was had by all when the Sparks joined Cornucopia to share the jerky making (and eating) process. Together we made BBQ, tomato salsa, pepper and herbs and honey soy sesame flavours and guzzled them all down. However, the most popular activity so far was this week’s crackers and dips. Nobody realised that crackers were so easy and that eggplant could actually taste good. Hopefully there was some left for families when the packages of biscuits got home.

On the garden side of the program we have been looking at what makes up soils with Penny from Caroola Farm. Cornucopia participants bought jars of soil from their gardens and we also looked into the soil in our beds at Aeon. It was very cool to see how all the samples were different and how we could turn them into the perfect growing medium. And as for growing, you should see our crop of oyster mushrooms growing in the art room. They have shot out of their box at a phenomenal rate and we have already harvested the first crop.

In the last few weeks of term we will be making some really simple homemade meals to take home to our families. Real baked beans and some fresh egg pasta with a simple tomato sauce. Hopefully if we manage to do a bit extra we can off it to other hungry families to take home too.

Mega Collage (Palimpsest)

Palimpsest – ‘a manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form’

Palimpsest Richard Pousette-Dart 1944 Abstract Expressionism

This is a Mega Collage involving drawing, rubbing, transferring, cutting, painting and assembling. It investigates the differences between and possible combinations of abstract and representational art, using a mix of mediums and visual elements.

ANFITRITE by Henri Matisse gouache on paper cut and pasted 1947

Over a series of exercises colour, shape, balance and context will be explored. Cutting and reassembling images from glossy magazines can also be used to add to each student’s diverse collection of textures, details and surfaces which will be brought together to build large compositions, both individually and collectively, over a full day of creative and experimental art making.

A portrait by Picasso made with collage

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From the Kitchen and Garden

Cornucopia (our Kitchen and Garden program) started the term looking at breakfast food that most of us would buy at the store but are very simple to make ourselves. On the menu was baked muesli, Greek yoghurt and stewed fruits. Last week we had a great time teaming up with the Sparks and making a large variety of dried fruit and yoghurt leathers, then planting out strawberries in the garden. One day perhaps we will make strawberry leathers from our own fruit.

Mushroom box!

Two weeks ago we had some great fun making breads, and comparing the difference between a traditional sourdough and dried yeast bread. Both turned out beautifully, and so super tasty eaten hot from the oven. The following week we made some soft cheese to go on our breads, and were visited from Penny at Caroola Farm who is going to teach us about the different soils we have in our gardens and how to test them.

Also coming out of the kitchen last week Scrumpers Garden had cooked up some tasty treats for open day. There was a chunky veggie soup, garlic bread and sourdough croutons. Golden Beetroot dip and crackers. The Buckwheat choc chip cookies and yoghurt cake proved very popular along with the Scrumpers Garden preserves for sale on the day.

 

Avian Animalia

Avian Animalia
Egyptian Falcon God Horus

A celebration of our magnificent feathered friends this ceramics workshop explores the many forms birdlife can take – from small, sweet songbirds to fast, fierce and fabulous falcons. Inspired by the beauty of birds students will learn techniques to build their forms and express their grace.

Avian Animalia
‘Bird in Space’ 1928 Constantin Brancusi

We will look at examples of bird sculptures across cultures and time and be inspired by the beautifully detailed work of ornithological illustrators. Participants will then choose an ave to focus on and begin sculpting it in white,  earthenware clay.

Avian Animalia
John James Audubon – Carolina Parrot

Starting with little models to work out scale, shape and possible textures for surface treatment the class will then learn larger, hand building construction techniques to build their chosen bird/s. These figures will be glazed minimally to highlight major features and then be fired in a kiln.

Hidden, an exhibition in a graveyard.

 Garden Party Launch

Saturday 26 August, 3.00pm

HIDDEN2017 Exhibition 

Detail of mouth

We’re very excited! Teffany has been working on a large mosaiced skull made of thousands of ceramic and glass tiles, found objects and little dioramas. It has finally been installed in the Rookwood Cemetery

All welcome at the official opening of HIDDEN and announcement of the $10,000 Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Award winner. There will be music, refreshments and art activities for the kids.

Location: Village Green (Hawthorn)

http://www.hiddeninrookwood.com.au/

Art Making Picnic

Sunday 17 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm

little skulls made with beads and glitter
Little memento skulls
 Drop in and create your own little sugar skull momento with HIDDEN artist Teffany Thiedeman.Facilitator: Teffany Thiedeman

Location: TBC

Ages: All welcome (under 7 require supervision)

Additional Info: Workshop is free-flow, come as you please. Activities will take approximately 30-60mins.

Spring Alcoves

Alcove, niche or shrine. These concepts are the inspiration for a handbuilding ceramic workshop that incorporates modelling, installation and structure building. Shrines are found in many of the world’s religions- Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto as well as secular settings like War Memorials, places of natural beauty and even Pooh Corner on the Clyde!

Spring Alcoves
Iranian Silk Rug

Investigate different motifs, shapes and symbols and produce a little shrine of your own. Get ready for the change in seasons by focussing on natural features like plants, stones, water and animals.

Spring Alcoves
Madonna and Child Medieval Europe

Learn and hone clay building techniques using coils, slabs and carving, then decorate your structure using stamp work, fine coil relief and figure sculpting. Finish your alcove with painted underglazes and some gold glaze highlights.

 

Nurturing the Creative Spark