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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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Chilling Out for Summer Fun

From a week of rain & cold we’ve hit soaring temperatures. To keep our participants chilling out and out of the sun, we’ve launched a new outdoor play activity or two, and brought back our classic Slip & Slide.

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To help our participants to beat the heat and dodge out of the sun, we’ve relaunched Tent City, and it’s coming together with more components than ever before! Using tents that children can pitch and pack themselves, and that are light enough to be easily moved around, our participants have been making campsites, sun-shelters, and we’ve even seen the creation of a Coober-pedy-esque tunnel system connecting the shady spots for the kids to spend some time chilling out in.

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We’ve also rigged ourselves a new upcycled water-play park, which we’ve nicknamed ‘Waterpod’, with a whole bunch of cool water and cool science, with children learning how pressure affects how spraying water is produced, the combination of air pressure and gravity that comes into play with siphon tubes, recycled drums of various sizes with changing musical pitch and timbre, and other accoutrement, our participants are getting a little bit soaked, chilling out, and having a great time.

So if you’re coming along to Aeoncademy this Summer, pack your togs, cossie, or swimmers to beat the heat here at our Summer Program.

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The Week the Elves saved Santa…

It’s Four Days ‘til Christmas and all through the house,

every creature is stirring (including the mouse!)

Time is a’ticking and the day’s nearly here,

We’ve been tinkering toys for almost a year.

But where, can you spy, that jolly old man

With his white-trim’d red suit – he’s got the plan

It’s Four Days ‘til Christmas and where has he gone?

Santa’s gone missing! This all could go wrong!

But look at this man in red suit and long cap

He’s not all that jolly. He’s not all that fat.

His name here is ‘Krampus’ and he doesn’t seem

To know what Christmas really does mean

That’s what our Christmas Elves discovered at the beginning of the fantastic week that was our Christmas Elves Workshop.

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From Ojo De Dios (Traditional Mexican woven baubles — now called ‘God’s Eyes’) to Spice Hangings, Bliss Balls to Shortbread, Shrinking Art to Tiny Nativities, we all had a great time.

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IMG_20151224_114613We also ran a special story, the Search for Father Christmas — also known as The Christmas Elf Caper, throughout the week. From Saving Dasher…

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To putting Krampus to sleep with a mix of herbs the children learned about in the local area, the Elves had a riot of a time. For their bravery, diligence, and hard work, they were all rewarded in the end…

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When they found Father Christmas!

A lunch in the life of a Catalyst/Vala/Spark participant

A Lunch in the life of a Catalyst/Vala/Spark participant is a changeable thing. After a heavy morning of character development, clay modelling and wolf howling, participants recharge over a delicious home cooked lunch of spaghetti bolognese seasoned with vigorous debate.  Robyn is our Caterer and predicts the weather in order to provide a suitable menu. Today she made a warm risotto. As the weather improves we can expect more scrumptious salads and cold fruits.

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Lunch time

 

 

the light illuminates these collages
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We have a relaxed lunch break with a decent amount of time to sit down with new friends and compare tastes. We make sure everyone still has time for a run around, games or reading quietly. If it gets hotter than 30° the slip n slide makes an appearance and we can all cool down. Icy frappes also emerge in the hot afternoons.

 

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An untimely end.
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Never to young to start washing up…
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Mythic Animalia meets the Skeleton Boy.

It’s started! The Summer Program is in full swing.

Our Summer Program has begun!
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Although the weather outside is wet and dreary Aeoncademy participants are safely ensconced inside and participating in some great activities.
 
On Monday, Mythic Animalia was launched in the Art Room with discussions on the characteristics of Mythical Creatures producing some interesting future candidates (Pikachu??). In the Vala Room Odysseus and his crew were forced to face lost comrades and family members from the underworld as they continued on their journey home. Sparks enjoyed both activities and even managed to find the time to bake a delicious chocolate cake.

Today brings new and exciting activities, as does the rest of the holiday program. Have a look below at the choices on offer over January. There is a lot more fun to come!

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Our Summer Holiday Program for January 2016

 

 

 

 
If you would like to make a booking give us a call on 6142 3268.
 

Aeoncademy wraps up with a bang for the End of the Year!

We’re coming into the last days of our After School program for 2015 as the end of the year draws nigh, and from everyone at Aeoncademy we want to wish everybody a very happy and safe festive season.

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Sparks make Ice Cream to beat the Summer Heat

We’ve had a lot of fun this last year, taking on new and fantastic projects for Creative Catalyst, and intense and dramatic adventures for our Vala program. We’ve seen a huge number of our Sparks growing up and moving on into our more specialised programs too – and we’re very excited to see them continue to grow and develop their creative spark with Aeoncademy.

This last term we’ve explored themes of ‘Body’ in Creative Catalyst, with Walking SculpturePiccini inspired Eye Drawing, and our infamous Mouth Caves ceramic project. Our classes could not be as great as they are without our amazing students and participants – so from Teffany and Monica, thank you all for joining in throughout the year!

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In our Vala program a few standout classes have been our exploration of Greek Legend Crew of Ulysses – the Isle of Circe and our perennially popular Halloween Special. These stories are made through how the players – our students – interact with them, and we’ve had some wonderful twists and turns that none of us were expecting,  so we’d like to wish a big thank you to the participants from Andrew and Luke.

As we launch into our holiday programs (which still have spaces! Check out more information here) we would like to remind everyone how our After-School enrolments work between the end of one year and the start of another.

At the start of 2016, we’ll wipe everyone’s repeating bookings clear, so if you’d like to come along to our After School program in term one of 2016, get in touch with the office on 6142 3268 and we’ll process that booking anew.

From all of us, have a wonderful time of rest and relaxation over the end of the year, and we’ll see you either in our Christmas Elves program next week, or next year in our mega production of the Summer Program!

Creative Christmas Gifts From Aeoncademy

Wish your friends and family a Merry Christmas with Christmas Gifts from Aeoncademy!

It’s coming rapidly to the gift-giving season and to help families celebrate, Aeoncademy has a bunch of presents stockpiled for sale!

We’re offering Shirts, leggings, backpacks (great for a library bag) and clothes to get the little ones into the Aeoncademy Spirit before they come along! Order by the 19th and choose Express shipping to get them to you by the big day! The clothes are printed by our fabulous supplier Redbubble – Order Here!

 

For true Vala fanatics, we have a host of shirts, pants, journals, and more! You can Order Here!

We also have that stalwart favourite of the Vala room, Boffer Weapons!  Bring the battle home with a fabulous assortment of our historically accurate Swords, Shields, Axes, and more! All made of a safe Latex foam with a carbon-fibre core for stability.

Bring the battle home!

Contact the Aeoncademy Office for prices or to purchase!

Lastly, for that special family in your life, give the gift of Aeoncademy. We sell Gift Vouchers that apply for our After School and Holiday classes – for as many or as few lessons as you’d like to gift! This one’s another one to get in touch with the office to get a hold of – so call 6142 3268 to put together some peace of mind for a family near you.

Check out more Here.

 

 

Roller Derby Grand Final!

 

By day, Teffany Thiedeman is our mild-mannered Ceramical Genius, but by night she becomes…

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Which is her true face?

Auntie Aggro: Roller-Derby Extraordinaire. Like all good superheroes she keeps her identities secret and separate, and until a child’s drawing of some of her exploits, and a scheduling conflict with our Open Day brought things into the light, we had no idea.

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The artwork in question… by talented student Liam A.

Their Grand Final is this Saturday, and takes place right after the Aeoncademy Open Day.

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The CRDL Grand Finals are a sight to behold, with amazing sportswomanship, high-stakes-skating, and a championship on the line! It’s the Surly Griffins – Aunty Aggro’s Team – going head to head with the Red-Bellied Black Hearts for a showdown smash.

In the words of the Canberra Roller Derby League:

Great Scott! We’re heading back to 2014 for a re-play of the CRDL grand final. Once again the Surly Griffins are facing off against the Red Bellied Black Hearts while the Brindabelters will be taking to the track against the CRDL Black ‘N’ Blue Belles! Last year the Griffs took the fabled Darby Derby Cup, while the Belters narrowly avoided the wooden spoon in a heart-in-your-mouth epic final jam.

Who will win on Saturday? It’s up to you to find out. Gather up your hoverboard, let your Nikes lace themselves and don’t forget your tickets for Block to the Future!  

Open Day coming soon!

 

What are you doing on the 14th of November? Aeoncademy is holding its quarterly open day, with crafternoons, clay play, dramatic demonstrations – interactive of course – painting, sausage sizzles, Sparks-made biscuits & so much more.

We’ll be releasing our Summer program for 2016, which will run from the 4th of January to the 29th, showing off details about our Christmas Elves workshop, and giving you all the chance to meet our team.

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It’s been another exciting week at Aeoncademy as we build up to Halloween this weekend.

 

On Mondays Creative Catalyst have continued to explore the creative potential of Shoe Sculpture, starting with from humble boots/stilettos/sneakers/etc and upcycling to create unique works of arts. On Tuesday they’ve been trying their hands at the traditional art of Hamsa design, drawing from both Jewish and Islamic symbolism to create ‘handy’ and beautiful ceramic bowls. On Wednesday and Thursday they’ve been preparing for Mexico’s answer to Halloween, Day of the Dead, by drawing inspiration from Posada’s skull engravings and creating art of calaveras (skeletons!).

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The Sparks have had a fun-packed and varied week as always, starting with two days of World Cooking in a row as they made brightly-colored sugar-skulls out of fondant on Monday and then baked skull-shaped butter cookies on Tuesday. On Wednesday they learned a little about Day of the Dead with Creative Catalyst as they made ofriendas, traditional table-offerings made in Mexico. And on Thursday they set Vala buzzing in their starring role as a swarm of mutant bees!

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Vala have been getting their teeth sunk into this week’s Halloween theme with a trio of spooky B-Horror Dramatic Adventures. Tuesday saw them exploring the classic Victorian tale of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde and his shapeshifting chemicals. The shapeshifting theme continued on Wednesday as they explored a classic scary movie in their confrontation with The Wolfman! And on Thursday they took their place in a story about genetic modifications and science run amok as they confronted giant killer BEES!