Category Archives: Vacation

Vacation Programs – creative classes running throughout the holidays. Full days of fun, educational courses covering a wide range of original and exciting programs including visual art, drama and cooking.

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

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

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


Two weeks then back to school!

painting with acrylics and oils
Misty Mountains Oil Painting

It is only two weeks then we’re all going back to school! Its hard to believe we’ve already had 10 days of amazing workshops across Vala, Creative Catalyst and Sparks. It’s a short week due to the Australia day long weekend but we intend to pack a lot into the next four days.  Today is a full art class with Misty Mountain Oil Paintings, followed by the ceramic workshop Viking Ships, (a day of drawing with all types of media) Celtic Labyrinths on Thursday and finishing with Action Art 3 on Thursday.

Vala Club sees the week starting with Knights Templar, Coexistence in The Holy Land taking us back to the early middle ages, a time of great upheaval in the old world. Tuesday we travel with the Vikings to the fatal shore of North America . Wednesday sees the return of Return to The Mountain- the Dwarf trilogy  (and the return of Andrew!)  as we adventure into the fantasy world of the Dawn Saga. Finally Thursday finishes with the Golden age of Heros and Heroines as we enter The Cave of the Cyclops…

If you want to book in for any of the remaining workshops here they are

make your own temple Vala style
The Great Temple of Samye in Tibet
make your own medalions
Numismatics displayed

As always our youngest children, the Sparks have the best of both worlds in sampling both the art adventures  of Creative Catalyst and live action storytelling of Vala. While having plenty of time for creative play, dress ups, reading and more. The program is a great way for young children to get ready for school as we help reinforce ideas of group participation, working with a schedule of activities and eating together in a class situation.

home made pizzas by Ruth
Home made pizza of all varieties

Our dedicated caterer Ruth continues to provide delicious and healthy meal choices for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Including fare to help cope with the very hot weather, from watermelon slushies, to fruit juice icy poles and plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and home made dips.

Public Art at Yarralumla

The Winter Holiday Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Winter Holiday Program! Running from the 3rd  to the 24th of July, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Winter Holiday Program

In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re bringing back some classic sculpture workshops, like Soup Kitchen Ceramics and Get A Head, alongside some brand new explorations in our diorama workshop Cities of Light and painting workshop Lost in the Clouds. In Soup Kitchen Ceramics, students will explore skills like coiling, slab building and moulding as they produce beautifully glazed domestic ware. After they’ve been fired, the ceramic vessels will be souper beautiful and ready to use!

In Vala, our new set of awesome adventures continue with Camelot Rising, and The Great Translator. We’ll also be looking back to some classic stories from Time Bandits – King Solomon’s Mines – to the exciting story of Cavalry & Aliens. Oh and we can’t forget the fabulous Young Mutant Chronicles coming up with a double header of Pandemic Panic and the mysterious Beast in the Underbelly.

The Program

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

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A Day in Wonderland

Turn your mind a-topsy turvy with a fabulous day in wonderland on the 24th of April as our Autumn Holiday Program extends!

In Creative Catalyst we’re running our fabulous Mad Hatters Tea Party, full of fun and vim and vigour – we’re going to make costume hats and go wild with a peek through the looking glass as we all sit down for a shared meal.

In Vala, we’re going tumbling down the rabbit hole and into a story of Jabberwocks and Tum-Tum birds as the Time Bandits go to Wonderland. Just watch out for Vermin at the Tea Party.

Our Sparks, as always, will get involved in a mega blend of both activities, making their own Mad Hats and getting involved in our dramatic adventure for the day.

The Autumn Holiday Program!

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Autumn Holiday Program for April! Running from the 10th to the 21st of April, and with a special bonus day happening on the 24th, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Autumn Holiday Program 2017Fresh out of the oven, Creative Catalyst is bringing us Fakery Bakery, a ceramic workshop so popular, it just headlined at the NGA’s Sculpture Garden Sunday.

Our Brand New Historical and Legendary program for Vala: Dramatic Adventures has launched! From the Halls of Camelot to the Mountains of Tibet, The Deserts of Egypt to the Wastes of Newfoundland, and even to the Castles of Scotland. We’re all really excited for this new series of adventures!

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check it out below.

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A Day to Remember

Here at Aeoncademy we’ve finished up our first week back with our Intro and planning sessions and put together our program for Term 1 – check it out. While we were going, though, we’ve noticed that as a result of a quirk of Public Holiday timing, there’s an extra day of school holidays on the 24th of April.

Now we know a bunch of families will take the opportunity to slip out of Canberra for a long-er weekend, but we’re also aware that some people don’t have that opportunity.

So here’s the deal:

Aeoncademy will run its fabulous vacation programs on the 24th of April.


We can get 20 bookings for that day by the Open Day.

All bookings made for that day are entirely transferable if the day doesn’t go ahead, and will attract the 20% Open Day Discount starting now. That means that you can call and book now without the downside of missing out on the Open Day.

Call the office today to arrange your booking and secure your spot!

The Summer Holiday Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Summer Holiday Program for December-January this year! We’re launching a massive number of new workshops and bringing back some absolute classics.

2017 Summer Holiday Program

Our Summer Program, running from the 3rd to the 27th of January, is jam packed with amazing opportunities for some Education through Creativity!

Action Art is returning to Creative Catalyst for a series of fabulous (and messy) workshops, as well as the introduction of Monomania’s Monoprinting masterclass, Portraits in Oils, and the classic Keep on the Borderlands Ceramic Sculpture Workshop.

We’ve got some classic returning stories from Vala as well, with Rise of Rome and Awaken Andromeda returning from an earlier age, while the fantastic new Young Mutant Chronicles stories and the tales from the end of the world – in Wolves, Woe and War – are seeding our program with more new workshops than ever!

Our Christmas Elves workshops, running from the 19th to the 23rd of December, has been brought back by popular demand from last year. Our engaging compilation of arts & crafts, dramatic storytelling and Christmas themed cooking is here to help students unwind from a tough year at school and get ready for the Holidays (and help our parent community get ready for the season too).

The Program

As always, our program has been built around our ethos of Education through Creativity, and is full of amazing ways – both new and old – to learn about our world.

Week One
Creative Catalyst

Bejewelled Wands

Tuesday Dreamscape Dioramas
Mixed Materials
Wednesday Fantastic Fabric
Painting, Printing, & Playing
Thursday Fosslisation
Friday Action Art I
Paints, Crayon, Pencil, Chalk
Vala Dramatic Adventures

Age of the Buccaneers

Tuesday First of the Bushrangers
The Battle of Vinegar Hill
Wednesday Young Mutant Chronicles
The Magnificent Why’s Ones
Thursday Dawn of a New Horizon
The Warp Experiment
Friday Merrie Folk of the Greenwood
The King in the Greenwood

Week Two
Creative Catalyst

Monday Paper Mache Monsters
Tuesday Underwater Dioramas
Mixed Materials
Wednesday Keep on the Borderlands
Thursday Junk Sculpture
Found Object
Friday Action Art II
Paints, Inks, Markers & More
Vala Dramatic AdventuresWar and Peace in Old Venice Monday Twilight of the Gods
Wolves, Woe, and War
Tuesday Realms of the Renaissance
Rise of Rome
Wednesday Young Mutant Chronicles
Why’s Ones Hit the Streets
Thursday Dawn of a New Horizon
The Impossible City
Friday The World of Oliver Twist
Burglars, Conspirators, & Spies

Week Three
Creative Catalyst

Pinch-Potting Paradise!

Monday Goblets of Power
Tuesday Monomania
Wednesday Secret Garden
Thursday Portraits in Oils
Oil Painting
Friday Action Art III
Paint, Pastels, Spray Bottles
Vala Dramatic Adventures

Knight's Templar

Monday Legendary China
Nine Tripod Cauldrons
Tuesday Age of the Buccaneers
Escape from Maracaibo
Wednesday Young Mutant Chronicles
The Verdigris Lantern of Faith
Thursday Dawn of a New Horizon
The Gates of Dawn
Friday The World of Oliver Twist
Fatal Consequences

Week Four
Creative Catalyst

Ceramic creations in Creative Catalyst!

Monday Sculptural Calligraphy
Tuesday Introduction to Etching
Wednesday Animal Masks
Paper, Card, & Paper Mache
Friday Action Art IV
Remote Controlled Dinosaurs
Vala Dramatic Adventures


Monday Fall of the Aztecs
The Fall of Tenochtitlan
Tuesday Arena 9000
Awaken Andromeda
Wednesday Young Mutant Chronicles
Versus the Babiron Avengers
Friday Time Bandits
Raiders of the Not-Yet-Lost Ark

Xmas Elf Workshops

Did you know School breaks up one week before Christmas?

the-scream Edvard Munch
I didn’t know!

Never Fear, the Xmas Elf Workshops are here! For one week children can come along for individual days (or the entire week) and have an excellent time making lovely handmade gifts like candles and beeswax wrappers, potato stamped gift wrap, jewellery, carvings and more as well as experience the joy of packaging gifts and engaging in some fun seasonal character play. I hear Santa is going to need his helpers more than ever this Christmas as some strange little people from outer space have infiltrated the elf workshops.

With all meals provided by the amazing Ruth of Scrumpers’ Garden we will also do some Christmas cooking each day to take home from decorated biscuits to sweet treats and traditional breads.

Christmas Elves Workshop

In the spirit of goodwill the 20% discount offered on holiday bookings made at our Open Day will also apply to Christmas Elves Workshops.

Thanks for an excellent Spring Program!

Thanks everyone for making our Spring Program a roaring success. From the lovely Nesting to creepy Haunted House Dioramas, from the interplay of the Aztecs in Moctezuma & Cortes, to the weird and mysterious Phobos Effect, we’ve had some great times.AeoncademyAeoncademyThis Tuesday and Wednesday we got to try out some of our stalwart team as they stepped up to run the show in Vala, with George, Enki and Max seizing the chance to shine – and shine they did, making Florence Falls and our new Dawnsaga Fantasy story The Triangulation Effect  both astounding successes in storytelling.Aeoncademy

We’d love to invite submissions of stories from any one of our participants as an entry to The Vala Writer’s Prize! We’re on the look out for any participant’s writing efforts in this exciting extension to the Vala program.

In Creative Catalyst, we’ve doubled down on creativity with some of our coolest artworks yet. To start we roared in with Masks of the World, staring humanity’s obsessions with masks straight in the face. Aeoncademy AeoncademyAeoncademy

We’ve been doing some great sculptural workshops this week to follow on, with Cat Animalia,  Whirligigs (& Kinetic Sculpture), and some spooky scenes with Haunted House Dioramas. 


Our Sparks have been having a wild time, especially as the sun has started to shine and the springtime storms clear. From a spiderweb playspace to designing a dance inspired by the people of the Eora, indigenous Australians from around the Sydney-town settlements as the convicts arrived, as well as getting all into their Kinetically Sculptural creations in their Art experience.


Remember, the After School Classes kick off with our smorgasboard of activities in week one, and your bookings roll over from term-to-term, so get in touch if you’re changing your booking, or to book anew!

Thank you all so much for this fantastic program.

Thank you for the Winter Program!

Thank you thank you thank you all for a brilliant Holiday Program! We went from excellent to amazing, kept warm in winter (despite the snow) and sunk our hands into some fantastic creative programs. From Wired to Winter Drawing, Aztec Dusk to the Age of the Buccaneers, we’ve managed to move all over the world and throughout space and time, and we’re rolling off from the program straight into our awesome after-school classes.


In Creative Catalyst we’re especially proud of Terrariums, those fantastic living worlds-in-glass. Layering stone and soil over shells and shapes, we saw some participants reverse the paleontological process and bury skeletons, others got involved in sky-writing on the glass, or Rainbow-serpent-esque coils circling the piece.


In Skulls and Bones we got into some seriously cool explorations of form. From exuberant day of the dead skulls to bowls carved from what looked like ribcages.

Skulls & Bones

We explored shapes that were inspired by skeletal remains and those sun-bleached skulls of the desert. We got to get our hands on some serious artistic inspiration for the project, too, in this magnificent  sculptural class.

Bones & Skulls

Meanwhile in Vala, our crowd favourites were The Realm of The Raven, the absolutely amazing conclusion to our many-cycle epic tale Elf-Towers of Dawn. All across the Realm our noble (and ignoble) adventurers have traveled, quested, fought monsters, won over taverns with their wit, toppled political campaigns, carried out wyrd rituals, and so much more. Of special note was our fabulous monster-feature of The Mighty Twin-headed Ettin.

The Realm of the Raven

Also in the realm of exciting stories, the origin of Professor Martin was – for the first time – revealed in the Time Bandit’s zany Night in the British Museum. Evading the gendarmerie and school-children alike, the Time Bandit’s’ story started getting out of hand when creatures and fixtures of the Museum started coming to life. Jade Dragons, Minotaurs, miniature Napoleons, and much much more all clashing with calamity as the Time Bandits struggled to recover the map of all time and space before it was lost to the great evil one, or simply to some calamity or another.Time Bandits - A Night at the Museum

When the weather got blue, what were the Sparks to do? They transformed their room into pirate ships, castles, little houses all in a row, and marketplaces, and more. The opportunity arose to venture out beyond, to the Vala and Catalyst rooms, where they encountered opportunities to become riots, pirates, tribal people from around the world, school children, and creatures of the forest. Not to mention getting to use wire, clay, living plants, watercolours and recycled materials, to make individual projects.