Category Archives: The Centre

Call out for old ceramics!

smashed plate to be up-cycled for mosaic
don’t despair! bring them in and share!

Hello everyone- we are putting a call out for your old ceramics! Do you have a secret stash of chipped plates, broken cups or slightly tarnished patterned tiles. Are you sentimentally hanging on to garishly coloured 70’s saucers or your grandmothers old cracked soup tureen? Bring them into Aeoncademy and we will convert them into beautiful new mosaics and objet d’art in term  4.

reuse of old ceramics
Recycled cups in a succulent mosaic

Spring Menu

Morning teas

Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer. We will offer options such as natural yoghurt, fresh or stewed fruit, whole grain cereals, low sugar baked goods, toasties, eggs, unhomogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

Lunches

 

For spring lunches we will be looking towards all the new season veggies and greens that are just starting to appear at the markets.

Soups and stews will be are starting to give way to pastas and rice, less warming and super filling. Fried rice, spaghetti Bolognaise and Lasagne are all favourites at Aeon.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

After the success of burger day last holidays we will be doing this again instead of, or maybe as well as, sausage sizzle. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs and lots of salad.

Afternoon teas

Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling. Some examples include:

Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;

Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;

Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;

Toasties;

Housemade wedges;

Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.

House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.

Term 3 Program

Welcome back to term! It’s always lovely to return to the After-school program, and term 3 is no exception!

In Creative Catalyst, we’re excited to have Dieter take the reins of a few classes (find out more here) as we launch into more amazing artistry with Printmaking – Into the Future and Alcoves, a fabulous ceramics project. Later on, we’ll be seeing the magic of Oils mixing with the beauty of botany in Botanical Oil Painting, and exploring the magnificence of charcoals in Big Grey Drawings.

Term 3 ProgramIn Vala’s Dramatic Adventure Program we’re really thrilled to launch into a new way of exploring our stories – with deeper three-week dives into some of our most popular stories – from the Young Mutant Chronicles, the Mountains of Tibet, and even the Bushveldt of South Africa – with a host of new features coming to bear in term 3 for good measure.

Term 3 Program

In Cornucopia, We’re all super excited to launch in with a scrumptious breakfast theme with Cereals and, the following week, Yoghurt Cultures. We’re all really excited to see what our soon-to-be wizards of the Kitchen Garden whip up!

Term 3 Program

In Sparks Creative Play, we’re discovering a new world of fantastic ways to creatively engage as we establish our own Audio centre, as well as exploring flavour and sensation with Cornucopia, and their crowd favourite engagements with Vala and Catalyst continue through term 3 as our Creative Program unrolls!

Continue reading Term 3 Program

Do you know Dieter?

Many of you will be familiar with Dieter Schmid’s friendly face. He has been associated with Aeoncademy on and off since 2002. Born and bred in Canberra, he even did a ceramic class way back in the olden days in Teffany’s home studio…

Arty Dieter with beard displays his art room sign
Dieter displays his artistic sensibilities

Dieter has a committed relationship with the arts holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT and a Graduate Certificate of Digital Arts from the ANU. He  exhibited and collaborated on a series of projects around Melbourne, working predominately with multi-media installations with a particular focus on sound. Dieter has great drawing skills, he has worked on soundscapes for underground movies and is also a bit of a home handyman! Since returning to Canberra in 2014, he has come to be a significant and valuable member of the team — rapidly skilling up in our Vala Dramatic Adventures under the support of Mathew Long,  Andrew Yallop and Sparks Creative Play with Anna Wishart.

Recently he has been in Creative Catalyst, assisting Isabelle Mackay-Sim with the 2D drawing and painting class.

He will be regularly facilitating Tuesday and Wednesday Creative Catalyst art classes as the talented Isabelle Mackay-Sim returns to the ANU to do her Masters in Ceramics (we hope to still see Isabelle running occasional workshops and popping up at Aeoncademy in the future).

This term Monday and Wednesday will see a range of art workshops from printmaking to junk sculpture, watercolours and oil pastels to giant collages.

All our art workshops are programmed and designed by Teffany Thiedeman in association with Monica Castelo.  Both Teffany and Monica have 50 years+ of teaching experience between them and are around during the week to offer support and guidance to the facilitators of Creative Catalyst.

Dieter is committed to working with Aeoncademy to provide quality learning experiences for your children.

Holiday Program Menu Winter 2017

Morning teas
Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer.

We will have options such as:

  • natural yoghurt,
  • fresh or stewed fruit,
  • whole grain cereals,
  • low sugar baked goods,
  • toasties,
  • eggs,
  • un-homogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

Lunches
For winter we will be serving warm comforting foods.
Soups and stews will be high on the menu after the success of our open day soup fest.

This time of year beautiful local pumpkin, potatoes and leeks are abundant. I think they will feature highly. I think I will be tiring to sneak in some kale and Brussel sprouts too.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

Instead of sausage sizzle this holidays we will be doing a build your own burger day. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs.

There have been requests for lasagne again this holidays and I’m happy to oblige. This is one of the all time favourite in our family and is just as good in both meat and vegetable incarnations.

Afternoon teas
Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling.

Some examples include:

  • Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;
  • Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;
  • Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;
  • Toasties;
  • Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.
  • House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.

WEEK 1

Monday July 3rd
MT: freshly baked yoghurt and apple cakes, seasonal fruit and milk to drink;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: chopped fresh veggies, cheese and biscuits.

Tuesday July 4th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Wednesday July 5th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: savoury veggie and cheese muffins, fresh veg and cheese.

Thursday July 6th
MT: natural yoghurt, fruit, and cereals, juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

Friday July 7th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: pumpkin soup with fresh sourdough bread and sour cream;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.

WEEK 2

Monday July 10th
MT: freshly baked wholewheat carrot and honey cake, with yoghurt or cream and orange juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: English muffins, cheese and veggies.

Tuesday July 11th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: minestrone with cheese and fresh sourdough bread;
AT: house made sausage rolls, fresh veggies and choice of sauces.

Wednesday July 12th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.

Thursday July 13th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Friday July 14th
MT: natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey seed cakes;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

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!

Continue reading The Winter Holiday Program

Open Day raffle for a cure for Freyja

It’s one week before Aeoncademy’s Open Day ( Saturday 27th May) and we want to help raise some funds for Freyja on the day. Many of you have been following her family’s story through social media, word of mouth and know her through the Yarralumla Primary School community. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Freyja is 5 and has a rare and aggressive cancer which needs some very expensive treatment. You can find all the information you need at https://www.acureforfreyja.com/

Freyja before the cancer diagnosis
Freyja the elf warrior before cancer was diagnosed.

We feel very sad about the terrible situation Lizzie and her three girls, Brynn, Inge and Freyja are in. We’ve known all four of them for years and they have spent many hours at Aeoncademy. They often spent the entire day participating keenly in all the Open Day activities.

This Saturday we will be running a raffle to raise some cash for the cause. For first prize Aeoncademy is donating two places in any of our vacation programs to be used during this year. There will be a second and third prize as well decided on by the end of the week. Please consider buying a raffle ticket when you make your booking for the Winter vacation program. The raffle, like our Open day, is open to everyone, whether participating in our programs or just passing by, so drop in this Saturday 27th between 10 and 4  and buy a raffle ticket or two to support the family.

Aeoncademy’s Winter Open Day!

Keep your Creative Spark burning at the Aeoncademy Open Day!

All day we’ll be helping you nurture your own Creative Spark, whether you’re a Preschooler or a Parent, or anything in between! All day we’ll have clay to play with, watercolours to paint with, a magnificent exhibition of students’ work, and enough drawing, crafternooning, making and more to keep all comers involved!


Tantalise your tastebuds with delicious food from Scrumpers Garden, who will provide a delicious lunch (gold coin donation) and is collaborating with our Sparks to put together some sweet treats throughout the day!


Speaking of lunch – at around lunchtime we’ll have a fabulous Vala Dramatic Adventure – and you’re invited to join in! Follow the story of the Knights of the Round Table and how the Sword in the Stone first came to be. With a bit of luck, and some chivalrous behaviour in the Grand Tourney, you might be the one who draws the Sword from the Stone!

We’ll also announce the winner of the Vala Contributor’s Prize and release our fantastic Aeondawn Magazine – both in collectors edition Print and Online!

And (of course) we will release our Winter Holiday Program!

Jam Packed with warm wintery visual arts and stories that take us from the Scottish Highlands to the Himalayas! Remember, all holiday bookings made on the day are $152 – a massive 20% off the full price!

So come and discover Aeoncademy, and meet the team, including the visionaries and directors of Aeoncademy Mathew Long and Teffany Thiedeman, as well as all our different educators, and learn all about Education through Creativity!

From Garden to Kitchen

A garden is a wonderful space to enrich any child’s engagement with the wonders of the natural world. Its a great place to explore and play, learning new and interesting things along the way. The development of our very own garden space has already proved successful, engaging students across the programs.

Constructing the garden beds, filling them up with dirt, planting them out and watering have all proved very rewarding and popular activities.

One of the best things about gardening is harvesting the produce. We have had success with our summer plantings and as a result basil, rosemary and tomatoes have found their way into the kitchen to then be enjoyed by students and staff alike. It has been an opportunity to explore new tastes, and textures during World cooking and afternoon tea over the last term.
Basil and Tomatoes from the Garden
Over the next season we look forward to nurturing and cultivating our three green beds, herb garden, potted bulbs and more. We look forward to incorporating the garlic, brassicas and leafy greens currently planted out in the garden beds into future meals and cooking activities. Our caterer Ruth is very excited to encourage children to get involved in the Kitchen and Garden project and has a few ideas that we will be implementing over the next term. So stay tuned!

We would like to thank the school who donated two of our garden beds and have allowed us to rescue rosemary bushes, fejoas and a fig that required urgent transplanting from their Giardino before the commencement of some development work in that area. If successful these plants will prove a wonderful addition to our gardening adventures.

We’re all looking forward to continuing to engage with our garden and our community! If you’d like to join in the fun, get in touch!

Currently in the Garden Beds

Rosemary, oregano, basil, garlic, rainbow chard, purple kale, purple and green cauliflour varieties, cabbage, purple and green broccoli varieties, broadbean, pea, purple podded pea

Our programs are filling up fast!

Since the development of a distinct program for our Sparks children (4-7 year olds) the program has simply continued to grow in size. In fact more children and their families are now involved in the program and Aeoncademy more broadly than ever before. While the number of children involved contributes to the creation of dynamic and diverse interactive spaces to explore and engage in play some of the class sizes have reached capacity. The Sparks program on Monday is now booked out! and Tuesday is following closely on its heels. The Creative Catalyst program on both Monday and Tuesday is also proving popular and is near capacity.

Sparks at play

So what does this mean?

Well we will continue to roll existing bookings over into the next term, but with so many people waiting at the wings to get in, you’ve got to confirm any existing bookings by the end of week 1 each term.

For new families or existing families who would like to change their days we have a waiting list. As people change days, children in Sparks graduate to Creative Catalyst or Vala Programs or Creative Catalyst students change rooms spaces will open up and if you have indicated you are already interested we will be in touch. Otherwise Aeoncademy continues to operate its programs on other days of the week and we’ve still got space then.

If you have any concerns, or want to express interest in our programs don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us by phone on 6142 3268