Welcome Back! Mega Programs, The return of Ceramic Salon & more!
** Welcome Back to Term!
We’ve been busy little bees since we hit the ground running after our holiday program. We’ve smashed together a fantastic program for the term, check it out for Creative Catalyst (https://aeoncademy.com.au/the-visual-arts-program-creative-catalyst/) or Vala (https://aeoncademy.com.au/the-term-ahead-vala/) on our website! (Or scroll down to check it out in the newsletter, if you want. We don’t mind)
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In Vala Dramatic Adventures we’re jumping from Britain under Roman occupation, to the arrival of Vikings in North America (It was better than expected, for everyone involved), to to the Knights of the crusades. We’re super keen to see where the story goes with each week, and how our participants get involved in shaping the story.
This week in drama to start us off we’re getting involved in the life of a legionary in Roman Britain. Life on the frontier is hard work, full of training and discipline, and Carrawburgh’s Fort Brocolitia is just a stone’s throw away from several Pictish encampments – something the Roman Legion must be constantly vigilant of.
Next week, we’re excited to step out of the cold wet of Northumberland and into the sunny Mediterranean with the Crew of Odysseus, following the tales of that legendary hero and his crew through all the mishaps that come of a two week journey turning into a decade long epic.
The story goes on into fantastical forays of the Elf Towers of Dawn, and back to the true stories of the Viking Voyages in Norse America. Before long, we’ll leap through the Prehistoric Paleolithic, the ever formal Feudal Japan, the calamitous Crusades, and then leap thousands of years into the future for Arena 9000’s return.
As we go forward, we’re welcoming new graduates from Sparks, prepped and ready from their drama interfaces last term, are all set for the challenges ahead – and some old faces returning to the dramatic adventures of Vala.
Ceramic Salon is back in business! Swing by on Wednesday nights to join us for some ceramical genius (byo), and mulled wine (provided)
Mondays will explore shadow puppetry and move into the wonder world of printmaking, starting with the mono print.
Klimt Rolled Vase (Tuesdays)
Inspired by Klimt’s beautiful patterns we’ll decorate a vase (made by rolling a slab of clay and joining it to a base) with our own hand made clay stamps. These patterns will then be painted with underglaze colours and a clear glaze before firing. Once the pieces are fired we will paint the vase with gold paint (Klimt loved his gold paint) and wipe back to enhance the stampings.
Acrylic Paints (Wednesdays)
Julie Dowling is an indigenous artist from Western Australia, she is well known for her political paintings that often use a diverse range of materials like ochre and sequins. We will be looking at her vivid and narrative work and making our own stories.
Project 2: Nature Plaque
Inspired by Nature and Rachel Dein (Tuesdays ) Rachel Dein is a contemporary UK artist whose work captures the ethereal qualities of plants Using the amazing ability of clay to create detailed impressions we will collect plants and objects to create an intricate relief image in a slab of clay using a plaster old technique.
Ceramic Grafitti on Thursdays
This term we will be looking at ceramics in public places. Bold and colourful or restrained and naturalistic, we will be trying many approaches!
Finally Fridays continue to be a fabulous mix of all the arts with a focus on a village installation to be unveiled at the open day and the construction of totem poles out of recycled materials.
Our own Isabelle Mackay-Sim has an exhibition! Check it out at Watson Arts Centre until the 30th of August!