Work Experience at Aeon Academy

This Spring Vacation program, as we have many times before, Aeon Academy was delighted to welcome a work experience student into our team.

Callum spent a busy week turning his hand to every job in the centre, from our specialised and foundation programs to helping out in the kitchen, and even assisting Saadia in the office.

As the week drew to a close, we sat him down and asked him about his experience…

Aeon: Who are you?

I’m Callum! I am 16 years old, and attend Alfred Deakin High School. I enjoy playing the guitar and building lego spaceships with my brothers.

 

Aeon: Why did you choose Aeon Academy for work experience?

I enjoy working with children, and I have great memories of attending Aeon when I was young.

 

Aeon: Have you worked before?

I participated in work experience at the ANU School of Music.

 

Aeon: How did things compare to your expectations?

I didn’t know what to expect when coming to Aeon for work experience, and I was very nervous. When I arrived, however, I discovered that there was no reason to be afraid as everyone was friendly and polite and I found it easy to fit in.

 

Aeon: Anything else you’d like to add?

Working at Aeon has been really fun and I think I have gotten some great skills out of it!

 

It was a pleasure to have Callum working with us, and we’d have him again any time.

If you’re interested in the idea of doing work experience with Aeon Academy, reach out to our office and get in touch! We’d love to have you.

Intro Week

Well, what a holiday program it’s been!

The springtime weather has been lovely (for the most part), the food from the kitchen has been delicious and nutritious, and the programs have been electric! We’ve been samurai and Vikings, dwarves and Romans; made spring prints and fairytale dioramas and ceramics masks from around the world; and build castles from cardboard and played with go-carts in our lovely garden space.

But there’s no time to rest for our busy Educators, because it’s time for Term 4!

The first week of term is always a bit special, and not just from hearing all about school holiday adventures and watching school friends reunite.

It’s special because we take a bit of a break from our normal program, and mix things up.

During the first week we break down the barriers between programs, giving all the kids a taste of everything that Aeon Academy has to offer.

We call these the Introductory Sessions and they happen week 1 of every term.

We watch Visual Arts kids learn about the Kitchen-Garden, Early Years and Creative Play kids enjoy a little Dramatic Adventure, Dramatic Adventures kids getting their hands messy playing with clay. It’s energetic, chaotic and messy  in the very best way, and a wonderful way to start off the term right.

And meanwhile, behind the scenes, we schedule things to give all our Educators time off the floor in our back office space.

There, they meet with the program directors to plan the term ahead, do training and professional development, prepare materials and supplies so we’re fully ready, and put in the work to keep the programs we deliver running at the very highest level of quality.

There’s less than a week to go ‘til Term 4, and we couldn’t be more excited!

We hope you’ll join us!

Coming up in the Early Years program

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As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Sparks!

Like always, we’ll be drawing inspiration and activities from what’s going on in the rest of the centre with Catalyst and Vala to explore a breathtaking range of exciting activities

Drawing inspiration from Vala, we’ll be getting into character as animals, playing ball games, getting spooked up for Halloween, having our own go at some Spark-safe “boffering”, playing dress-up.

Drawing inspiration from Catalyst, we’ll be exploring paper mache, making pinch pots, decorating Halloween lanterns, working on Egyptian drawings, assembling animal collages, and creating our own mummy!

And we’ll have some unique activities of our own, too: playing with spinning tops and ribbon toys, baking carrot cake muffins, having a great time on Music Monday, and even constructing a MEGA CUBBY!

Coming up in the Creative Play program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead!

In Week 2 we’ll be building teepees from make-do materials, making bread from scratch, playing with clay and card games, and painting with watercolours in the garden!

In Week 3 we’ll be recycling plastic bottles into flowers, drawing with chalk, mucking around with clay, and playing some team and Halloween-themed games!

In Week 4 we’ll be painting in the garden again, learning to hula loop, playing with clay and card games, and baking some delicious cheese straws!

In Week 5 we’ll be playing costumes, learning the ancient Viking game of Cubb, making knights shields, painting outdoors, and weaving god’s eyes.

In Week 6 we’ll be baking ANZAC biscuits, making banners for the 15th Birthday, playing with makedo go-cart, drawing outside with chalk, and constructing a makedo castle!

Coming up in the Kitchen-Garden program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Cornucopia!

We’ll be heading out into the fresh air and getting our hands dirty in the garden. Spring is sprung and so there’s plenty to do: watering, mulching, harvesting crops from autumn, planting new crops that’ll be ready by the end of term and others that won’t be ready until autumn.

We’ll also be getting into the kitchen and making some delicious stuff.

In Week 3 we’ll be learning to knead dough, pick herbs from the garden, and make delicious classic pizzas!

In Week 4 we’ll be learning about seasonality by making a beautiful fruit salad out of fresh, seasonal produce. We’ll also be shaking up milk into cream!

In Week 6 we’ll be helping prepare for the 15th Birthday Open Day by making, stuffing, and rolling traditional Greek dolmades!

Coming up in the Dramatic Adventures program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Vala!

On Monday we’ll be joining up with the Roman Legion and marching past Hadrian’s Wall where the rebel Picts roam. I hope our students manage to collect the taxes safely!

On Tuesday we’re bringing our hugely-popular Boffer Weapon Masterclass to after-school. We’ll spend the term exploring a historical warrior culture: the Samurai!

On Wednesday we’ll be back in the Old Stone Age as bad omens and wild animals threaten the Tribe of the Cave Bear.

On Thursday we’ll follow our Greek Heroes into the Lands of the Dead and battle with monsters on their way home to Ithaka.

And then we’ll spend Weeks 5 & 6 training our sword skills to get ready for the 15th Birthday Open Day Vala Tournament, hoping to win some prizes!

Coming up in the Visual Arts program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Catalyst!

On Monday, our Mixed Materials class will be putting recycling into practice turning old bottles into incredible spinning whirlygigs!

On Tuesday, our Ceramics & Mixed Materials class will be getting their hands messy as they breathe paper mache life into old newspaper!

On Wednesday, our Painting & Drawing class will be inspired by the Animal Panels past students made for the Canberra Show and make some of their very own!

On Thursday, our Ceramics class will travel back to Ancient Egypt, making and decorating clay pots and jars for purposes both funereal and everyday!

And of course, all students will enjoy our Halloween detour in Week 3, our excursions to Teffany’s home gallery and exhibition in Week 5, and our group project for the 15th Birthday Open Day in Week 6!

Excursions to Hearth

It’s that time of year again: spring is sprung and the sun is back out, students are gearing up for Term 4 and the end of the year, and our Artistic Director Teffany Thiedeman is putting the final touches on her upcoming exhibition, Integument.

children inside the art studio Hearth

Integument explores stories and myths of humans becoming animals and animals becoming humans and the ways that our skins both contain and define us through ceramic figures rich with the textural marks of fur, feather and scales.

As has become an Aeon Academy custom, Creative Catalyst students will have the opportunity to go on excursion to Teffany’s home gallery, Hearth, during the week the exhibition runs (12th – 15th November).

mosaiced sign of Hearth

They will get the chance to have a look at the work and get to see the kiln, the workshop, the garden and beehives, the chooks and bunnies and Bandit the ancient dog. They will also have the opportunity to help finish a community art project,  or maybe just soak it all up and have some bunny therapy.

exploring the back garden

Hearth is a living, growing space that incorporates plants, an edible garden, beehives, chickens and rabbits and a clay wood fired pizza oven. It presents an unprecedented opportunity for Aeon Academy students to experience a working studio and experience art outside an institution, and allows them them to share in Teffany’s inspirations.

Brief Admin Update

Just a couple of reminders to our after-school parents as we wind up our amazing Spring Holiday Program and Term 4 approaches:

  • After-school bookings roll over into the new term, so if you want to change days, classes, etc then please get in touch with the office and let us know.
  • There have been some minor changes to our terms and conditions  – the main one is our clarified lateness policy, but there are also some changes to bookings and non-attendance.
  • We offer a direct debit option as a way to pay for after-school classes. If you are interested in setting that up, get in touch with the office and they’ll help you out.
  • Last term saw lots of small changes to program details, pricing schedules, and the like. If you missed those updates, you can catch yourself up over here.

Aeon Academy Scholarships are now open

…and we need your help to nominate candidates!

As our transition to a Not-For-Profit social enterprise quietly rumbles on in the background, we’ve been preparing to broaden the scholarship opportunities we offer and help connect Aeon Academy with a wider range of kids than ever before.

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We are delighted that at the 15th Birthday Open Day we will be announcing FIVE scholarships:

  • Two (2) for primary-school students from grades 3 – 6, one for Catalyst and one for Vala in Term 1 next year.
  • One (1) for a preschool or Montessori student for our Sparks Early Years program in Term 1 next year.
  • Two (2) for high-school students from Alfred Deakin High School, one for Catalyst and one for Vala, for the upcoming Summer Holiday Program.

But (and this is where you all come in) we need your help figuring out who to give them to!

So if you know any children with a bright creative spark and a passion for visual arts, history & mythology, and playfulness who you think would benefit from our amazing programs, drop us a line at info@aeoncademy.com to nominate them.

New Sparks Early Years Program

As you’ll have seen in our recent newsletters and on our website, Aeon Academy is going through some changes at the moment.

From Term 4 our much loved Sparks program will look a little different, while staying true to our goal of ‘Nurturing the Creative Spark’ in our youngest students.

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Following the success of our Mini-Sparks trial, and in response to parental requests the age threshold for Sparks is being lowered to 3. We’re refocusing Sparks (now Sparks Early Years) on our 3 and 4 year olds, with their own program formulated in line with their developmental needs.

To increase their sense of participation and inclusion in the broader centre and open up new opportunities for peer mentorship and play, starting next term most of the former Sparks (our 5 and 6 year olds) will be moving up into our increasingly popular Creative Play program.

If you feel like your 5 or 6 year old would still benefit from the structure and greater level of one-on-one attention in Sparks Early Years, or that your 6 year old is ready to move up into one of our specialised programs, please feel free to get in contact with our office as we will make every effort to adjust to your needs.

Mission to the Britons

This adventure is set at a time when the power of the Roman Empire was maintained by it’s Legions, a tightly-disciplined force that recruited men from all over the provinces of the Empire.

In this module we join the legions as they have become accustomed to their duties at Brocolitia and along Hadrian’s Wall and are sent into the unfamiliar territory of the North on a diplomatic mission. Assigned as bodyguards to a superior officer they must safeguard him on his journey to the Selgovae, a tribe of allied Britons, to collect the annual tribute. But on their arrival among the Selgovae they discover that a Pictish envoy has already been welcomed and seeks nothing but to stir up trouble for Rome and must protect each other and succeed despite Pictish interference in this Mission to the Britons.

Totem Troubles

This Vala Module is set during the Paleolithic period where we join our tribe in facing dangers of a different kind…

Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. During the time of sun-return and the melting of the winter snows, the Tribe of the Cave Bear slowly wake from their near-hibernation and resume their springtime hunting and gathering. All in their world is in its rightful place during this fruitful season until the brutal attack of a savage creature confronts them with unforeseen spiritual dangers and Totem Troubles.

Avian Animalia

Our city is lucky to be home to many different species of birds, from raucous cockatoos, to colourful parrots and tiny, gem like wrens, birds can be seen everywhere and will be our inspiration for this ceramic workshop.

Superb Fairy-Wren

We will also look at birds from around the world and marvel at their diversity and beauty. Birds are used as symbols of freedom, peace and splendour on flags, shields, buildings and clothes. Work with your handbuilding skills and celebrate everything Avian  in this sculpture workshop.

Adélie Penguin

Fairy Tale Dioramas/Sculptures

Time to tell a story in a box- a staged recreation of a favourite fairy tale or a classic traditional story. Turn a cardboard box into Rapunzel’s high tower or a hoard of gold guarded by a sleeping dragon… If you love to make, build, paint and construct this workshop is for you – learn how to use a range of sculpting tools and materials to create your 3 dimensional story. 

Rapunzel illustration by Emma Harrison

Starting with an overview of our rich cultural heritage as glimpsed through a wild and fabulous collection of fables this Visual Art workshop encourages imagination, invention and problem solving, develops fine motor and design skills and gives students a full day to bring their story to life.

The Faerie Queene by Walter Crane

Celebrating 15 years of Education through Creativity!

It’s Aeoncademy’s FIFTEENTH YEAR! We have seen many changes over the years: in our host school Yarralumla Primary, in outside school hours care, and in Canberra itself. And now, Aeoncademy itself is changing and becoming the not-for-profit social enterprise it has been moving towards all these years.

It’s time to celebrate!

From 10am to 4pm on Saturday 24th of November, we’re holding our biggest, most extravagant, most exciting Open Day yet to celebrate 15 years of Education Through Creativity. There’ll be a fabulous Vala Tournament to raise funds for Freyja Christiansen, visitors and new friends aplenty from the Design Canberra Festival; performances from local band and former workers and students Scroggin; art activities like badge making and our famous cardboard go-carts; and, of course, a delicious cake worthy of the occasion!

  

Aeoncademy has always been committed to nurturing the creative spark in people of all ages, exploring how the arts enrich our lives, and building community. As a member of our community you are invited to save the date, come on over, have a play, and see for yourself what we’re all about.

Crew of Odysseus – Between Scylla and Charybdis

This module sees the crew of Odysseus departing from Circe’s island with their ship resupplied and given good advice for their journey,  they now carry out a ritual taught to them by the sorceress to ‘sail’ to the land of the dead and question the shades there. From there their course leads them onwards towards Ithaka and home along a treacherous route: skirting the island of the Sirens, navigating the Clashing Rocks, and then risking the deadly Strait of Messina and sailing Between Scylla and Charybdis.

Circe Invidiosa

Return to the Mountain – Halls of the Pictsie King

The alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom  have come far already in their quest to ‘return to The Mountain’, crossing the Great Mountains and locating elusive fragments of a map which shows an approach to Mount Durvin and a secret way into its lost Halls.

This dramatic adventure joins the Dwarfs as they are trying their best to follow the wise counsel granted by their wizardly guide before he left them and continue in pursuit of a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. Taken in, seemingly hospitably, to the Halls of the Pixie King they fast find themselves falling under the glamour of the bedazzling court, while all the time deadly danger is no further away than the cast of a fairy dart.

Return to the Mountain

 

Knights Templar – Rise of Saladin

Step back in time to the year of 1187 and join the Crusades for this Vala adventure…

Long years have passed since the Knights Templar eclipsed their rivals the Hospitallers and achieved ascendency in Tripoli. Henri the Elder is now in the twilight of his years and has asked his fellow Templars to accompany him on a last pilgrimage to the Holy City of Jerusalem accompanied by friends old and new. But their arrival in Jerusalem goes awry and they bear witness to the stirring of a new power that will shake the Christian world – the Rise of Saladin!

Spring Garden Printmaking

Goodbye Winter, hello Spring! Regarded by many as the best season of all in Canberra, the days grow warmer and lighter, flowers start to burst out of the ground, Magpies gather wool and fur for their nests and get ready to defend their territory to the death!

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Celebrate the beginning of the new season with printmaking inspired by the changes in our natural surroundings. Escape into the garden, breathe the open air and use leaves, fruit and flowers to print from directly. Layer your composition with colour and form to make a spring impression on a large sheet of paper. Play with scratchboard and vegetables to create borders and patterns.

Nature Sculpture