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.

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. 
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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.

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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.

Wired

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.

Terrariums

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.

Creative Catalyst – Winter Program

Soup Kitchen Ceramics- Monday 4th July.

Soup Kitchen Ceramics

A ceramics workshop especially for winter. Explore hand-building techniques like coiling, slab building & mould work. Produce some functional ware & glaze it raw with stencils and brush work.


Winter Drawing – Tuesday 5th July.

Winter Drawing

Enjoy the winter light as we go on an outside walk to collect branches, feathers, pinecones & more. Set up your own still life and have a go with charcoal, pastels, pencils, graphite & other more unusual drawing materials…


Hibernating Animalia- Wednesday 6th July.

Hibernating Animalia

From bears to long-necked turtles, many creatures hide during the coldest part of the year. Bring them to life in this ceramic modelling class. You will learn techniques that will help you make sculptural forms of various critters in their hiding places.


Staff of Power!- Thursday 7th July.

Staff of Power

Following in the tradition of famous magic users (Harry Potter, Hermione, Gandalf, Merlin, The White Witch etc) be the owner of an individual Staff of Power! We will go for a walk in the forest and find the right stick to start your staff. Back in the art workshop, you will design and then construct (from mixed materials) an original staff topper. Think dragon eyes, vine wrapped crystals, feathery owls, jewel encrusted toads. Take your staff home for your next fancy dress party!


Spanish Tiles- Friday 8th July.

Spanish Tiles

This workshop will be an opportunity to both create your own original ceramic tiles and/or glaze pre-fired terracotta tiles with intricate designs. Tiles have an ancient and widespread history which we will investigate before starting our designs.


Bones and Skulls- Monday 11th July.

Skulls & Bones

Bleached and bare, this is a sculpture workshop using clay. Be inspired by the curves and negative spaces of bones and produce an artwork in response. It might be the rib-like hull of a boat, a Viking chalice or something very abstract. All work will be fired in the kiln.


Miniature Magic- Tuesday 12th July.

Miniature Magic

From The Borrowers to Alice in Wonderland we have always been fascinated with smaller scale models of real life objects. Choose from a huge range of materials (eg: acorn caps, pebbles corks, air drying clay, wire, feathers…) to construct details of your tiny world, like cooking pots, furniture, pets, vehicles etc. This workshop combines well with Terrariums.


Wired- Wednesday 13th July.

Wired

A wire & metal sculpture workshop. Warm up with continuous line drawing and then try your hand at bending, twisting and shaping wire into form. A great way to create action figures like athletes, dancers and leaping horses suspended in motion.


Little Shrines- Thursday 14th July.

Little Shrines

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!

Investigate different motifs, shapes and symbols and produce a little shrine of your own. Dedicate it to your own pet, favorite place or loved one.


Terrariums-Friday 15th July

Build a world in a glass! Design and construct a miniature garden scene using large glass goblets, earth, pebbles, found objects and plants. Make miniature people, animals or objects to live in your tiny world. This workshop combines well with Miniature Magic.

 

Warming up Winter at Aeoncademy

Our winter program is really heating up. Don’t delay — call today.

The Winter Program

The super Soup Kitchen Ceramics, a Creative Catalyst workshop is designed around hand-building bowls and spoons from clay — this super practical workshop will send participants home (after the open day) with usable ceramic crockery!

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Meanwhile, The Genoan General promises to throw Vala participants into a world of intrigue and plot in and around Genoa, Padua and to Fair Verona where we lay our scene. Ancient grudges break to new mutiny in this complex historical political thriller.

Our Sparks are all getting excited about Miniature Magic‘s Art interaction, and especially for A Night at The British Museum’s Dramatic Make Believe, which promises to be a little spooky, a little kooky, and a lot of fun.

Teffany — our intrepid director and leader of the Catalyst crew — is returning from Barcelona to take some of her favourite workshops — and to introduce Spanish Tiles to our collection.  Spanish Tiles is all about complex, hand—painted and decorated tiles with intricate patterns inspired by Majolica and other glaze traditions. See what else she’s been up to here and here.

Mosaic in the moonlight
Mosaic in the moonlight

But there are so many classes — From Winter Drawing to Terrariums, from Legendary China to the First of the Bushrangers, and with everything in between. We’re super excited to run these holidays.

Now it would take another whole post each to do our workshops any justice in description — so give the office a call on 6142 3268 and we’ll talk you through them!

 

Imagination Ahead- Ahoy, me Hearties!

Let your imagination roam as we cross the known (and unknown) seas in search of all kinds of adventure and bounty. The sails at Aeoncademy have picked up a fair wind and we have launched forth on a grand program this Autumn Vacation.

A Doorway into the Imagination at Aeoncademy
A Doorway to the Imagination…
Pirate Glamour at Aeoncademy
Pirate Glamour

 

When you walk through our doors you can  expect fabulous costumes, props and face paints. Be prepared to read and be inspired by amazing books and a wide array of replica weapons and shields.  You will be introduced to an incredible range of art materials, specialised tools and time proven techniques, all ready to be explored, played with and and harnessed in our imaginative adventures.

On Monday doors and windows crafted from earthly substances in the Art Room provided insight into new and familiar worlds. While the Sage of Snow Treasure Peak sorely tested Valans as they wandered into Legendary China, a place where fledgling heroes who seek to harness their Chi must first have their hearts and motives tested.

Sand Play for setting the scene at Aeoncademy
Sand Play for setting the scene

Tuesday, the inaugural Valan flagship holds steady on its course to pillage and plunder the Spanish under the command of Captain Morgan while a gentle breeze has ruffled the feathers of various specimens being sculpted to life on the Island of Avian Animalia.

Whats more, the view from the crows nest tells of more adventures and explorations that approach on the horizon.

Wednesday and Thursday have seen desolate haunted islands, gorgeous Elfland dioramas, hundreds of art badges and wearable art, exploits in outer space, hula hooping  and  tomorrow is only Friday!

Never too old for dress ups!
Never too old for dress ups!

Lads and lassies, Aeoncademy prepares to weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen so be quick and daring and jump ship now while ye have the chance.

To avoid being marooned this Autumn Vacation give us a call on 6142 3268.

Spark Story at Aeoncademy
Spark Story

Autumn Days of Play are here

Autumn Days of Play are here
A Glorious Autumn tree

Autumn days of play are well and truly here, Yarralumla is always lovely this time of year with its well established oak and plane trees dropping their crunchy, brown leaves all over the ground. Acorns lie plentifully waiting to be gathered and turned into art objects or currency for a game but hopefully not weapons! We intend to make the most of this season of delights.

 

Autumn Days of Play are here, a magical ceramic door leads inside a tree
Magic Door

Many of our Creative Catalyst visual arts workshops like Autumn Weaving with wool and fibre and Leaf Collage + Acorn Sculpture are intended to take advantage of these days. A walk into the forested edges of Yarralumla Primary School will be part of many days activities, gathering materials for the craft and art projects.

 

Autumn Days of Play are here, a sleepy ceramic head
Autumn Dreaming
Autumn Days of Play are here, a stencil of an Autumn Tree
Stencil of an Autumn Tree

Ochre our Catering Coordinator is deciding the menu for the two weeks of holiday programs. From pastas and salads, to baked biscuits and hot chocolates we will always have fresh and healthy options which respond to the weather conditions  of the day!

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Autumn vacation program

 

 

ValaClub will also be venturing outside to recreate scenes for Merrie Men (and women) of the Greenwood. Look out for classic leaf pile ambushes, pit traps and worse! Many of the dramatic live action scenes will take place in an outdoor setting, enjoying the opportunity to observe the change of seasons.

 

 

 

We are looking forward to the Autumn holidays and catching up with many of you then. Call our office if you havent made a booking yet,  61423268

Autumn Days of Play are here, pebbles and Spirals
Pebbles and Spiral

 

 

 

 

 

Eggstremely Eggcited for Easter

Egg Abundance
Egg Abundance

Nobody panic! Easter only one day away and then less than two weeks until the Autumn Vacation!

Aeoncademy will be closed over Easter- no Friday class on  the 25th or Monday the 28th March. We hope you all have a relaxing break and eat lots of chocolate.

We have enjoyed our egg hunts, egg decorating and bun making activities this week mmmmmm warm Hot Cross Buns!

Aussie Easter
The Easter Bilby

Andrew Yallop has taken himself on holidays for three weeks and we are hoping he will return before the Vacation Program leaps into action on the 11th March. Don’t worry if you missed the Open Day and have fired ceramic work to pick up, we are holding it outside the art room until you get a chance. You can pop in any time after 3pm Monday-Friday until 6, just come and say hi at our office so we know you are here.

Icing an Easter Bun
Icing the Bun

 

If you are between the ages of 4 and 16 and wish to get into an awesome art project, or get involved with some live action problem solving and characterisation or experience the Sparks introduction to both art and drama, check out our Autumn program at the end of this post. From Wearable Art to The Fall of the Aztecs, we have you covered for some amazing activities

The Team!
What happens when Andrew goes on Holiday!

 

 

 

 

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Art for Everyone
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Clay Creatures

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The Autumn School Holiday Program!

Our Autumn School Holiday Program has been released with great fanfare at our Aeoncademy Open Day last weekend! Fantastic new and re-visited adventures, art projects, and more are planned to bring in a rich harvest this program.

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In our Creative Catalyst program, we’ve got such new and exciting treats as Tree of Life – exploring Pen and Ink drawing as we travel across the globe looking at the Tree as a symbol of life – from Yggdrasil to the Bodhi Tree, with many unexpected detours along the way, and Vala is bringing back some classic favourites like Aztec Omens – facing signs of doom, whispers and panic begin among the people of the indomitable Aztec Empire, and the priests and nobles of Tenochtitlan must appease the Angry Gods.

With our Sparks we’re introducing Drama Pod! Drama Pod gives our Sparks some new options and agency, helping them choose how to interact with the world in their dramatic storytelling activities. In short, we’re broadening the worlds that we build for the Sparks. No longer are they just going to be playing (say) the Mic-Mac hunters in Norse America, instead taking on roles of villagers, wise-fellows, carpenters, builders, shaman, and so much more. Read more here in Anna’s excellent article.

Interested in the program? Want to find out a little more? Curious about who we are or what we do more broadly? Want the ultimate answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything? give Aeoncademy a call on 6142 3268 or click here to go to our Communications panel – and drop us a line!

Six more fabulous art workshops for the Summer

Creative Catalyst classes have roamed widely this summer holiday from hand made paper to ceramic gingerbread houses. We are halfway through our third week and still going strong.

We have an incredible supply of tools and materials covering disciplines such as ceramics, printmaking and painting. The art room is a unique space for developing artists and we encourage teenage students to use the studio and its wide  array of supplies to work independently and create their own projects under our guidance.

Younger participants are introduced to tools and techniques which enable them to realise their creative visions.

ceramic totoro
a Totoro from the past

The last six workshops of Summer are;

Birdbaths– Thursday 21st Jan  Ceramic bowls to cool down our lovely local birds and beautify the garden. Using moulds and coils, these vessels will be decorated and glazed.

wire and scrap parts make up a pair of wings
Steampunk wings for a cyborg assemblage

Action Art on 22ndJan is featuring tie dye and colour splashing in All Tied Up! Make sure you wear old clothes and expect to go home more colourfully than the morning.

 

 

 

Mobiles & Windcharms– 25th Jan.  Enjoy a day of Ceramic construction, using stamps and garden objects  make an original and musical hanging. Decorate your trees and eaves with these melodic and earthy offerings to the wind.

Wednesday 27th. Hand build a large original Ceramic Gargoyle to adorn the walls of your Gothic castle or at least your house in Curtin.

Thursday 28th Kites of the World. Take a whirlwind tour around the globe on the tail of a kite, from glass stringed battle kites to sky dragons, Construct your own kite.

Finish with a bang with  Action Art, mechanical artist, Friday 29th January. Make simple catapults to move paint through the air and onto your paper. Have a go at remote controlled mark making!

3 girls painting a diorama
Trio of painters preparing a background

It’s Summertime, and living is easy at Aeoncademy

Aeoncademy’s Summer Program has been cool as, filled with fantastic artistic creations, dramatic storylines, and plenty of opportunities for Creative Play! As we launch into the second half of our program, we’re taking a moment to look back at the weeks that were…

Check out some sweet snaps from the program so far!

 

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