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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.

Sparks make Ice Cream to beat the Summer Heat
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.

Children's Artwork Roller Derby
The artwork in question… by talented student Liam A.

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

BTTF CRDL GF

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!

Open Day this Weekend!

 

This weekend is our Open Day!
Saturday the 22nd August is our Open Day, 10-4pm.

Don’t forget to call in and pick up any ceramic work you made in the last school holidays. Stay for a play, enjoy our mini village installation, participate in some live action, check out the release of our latest Spring holiday program and enjoy a 20% discount for bookings on the day.

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The big gas kiln is fired up.
Unpacking the Kiln

Welcome Back to Term! Aeoncademy News 

Welcome Back! Mega Programs, The return of Ceramic Salon & more!

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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.
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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!

 

The Term Ahead! Vala’s Drama program in Term 3

We’ve been busy little bees for the first week, planning ahead for the term to come.

The Schedule!
The Schedule!

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.


Roamin' Romans

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.

PoseidonNext 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.

Fantasy Skyline

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.