Category Archives: The Centre

The Hall @ Aeoncademy

There is a space at Aeon that transforms each day. A place that at times can traverse space and time. An area that divided or united provides students of Aeoncademy with opportunities; there’s places to explore, people to meet and skills to master.

Let me introduce you to the hall; the crossroads of Aeoncademy.

Meal time with a little washing up (#life skills)

Sharing meal-times is a fantastic way to foster community. Sitting down, surrounded by peers and friends, helps our students learn from each other and develop their sense of self as part of a greater whole. Talking about their day, with each other and with the Aeoncademy team, helps them unwind after tough days at school. It’s also an opportunity to eat some fantastic food, and learn about washing up in WashPod – which is really just a fancy name for children taking responsibility for their impact on the space.

Dramatic adventures


Vala uses the hall & stage as a blank slate – tabula rasa – on which it lays foundation stones of creative, interactive storytelling. The hall has become everything from Mayan Ziggurats, to the Australian Desert, to the cabin of a Spaceship in orbit. It’s a space that our participants interact with to both change themselves and the space – and they do so with gusto every day.

Cooking up a storm (Sparks world cooking)


Anna and Esther take the helm of our Sparks Cooking extravaganzas at the canteen end of the hall. Taking raw ingredients and creativity, flour and foodstuffs fly together into amazing multicultural creations, teaching children about food, where food comes from, different cultures’ approach to food, as well as about cooking, cleaning, and taking responsibility. It’s invaluable to have access to a space that directly connects to a functional kitchen for this program.

Dramatic Interaction 

When they’ve finished cooking and eating, and everything that goes with it, Sparks are often found interacting with our Vala program in the context of the hall. The numerous entrances and exits, the raised platform of the stage, and the divisibility of the hall provides us with some awesome opportunities for super cool play.

Entrance to the outside World

And don’t forget the doorway! Passing in through the vibrancy of our Hall Life gives parents a direct passage to our nerve centre – the office – and guides our parent body through to the nexus point between all our fantastic programs, but more to the point – our hall guides children out into the vitality of nature where they experience creative play on so many levels.


Welcome Back to School!

The first week of the school term has involved lots of creative play and introductions to the experience of both Vala and Creative Catalyst for the children. Specifically during the week this has involved creating a cave where relics and artworks glow, giving plasticine and clay a go, learning how to wield a sword, enjoying the netball courts adjacent to the garden for active games, dress ups, face paint, drawing, jumping, running, skipping, and reading!


Meanwhile behind the scenes the program facilitators have been putting their energy into constructing the programming for this term. It gives us great pleasure to share with you the fun we have planned.   

Week Two
Creative Catalyst Tree of Life Family Tree Badging Mother Miniatures – Pencil Mother’s Day Pendants
Mother’s Day Crafty Play
Vala Dramatic Adventures War & Peace in Old Venice War & Peace in Old Venice War & Peace in Old Venice War & Peace in Old Venice
Sparks Creative play Mother’s Day Ornaments The Masquerade Popcorn: Flavour Investigation Egyptian Burial Mask Pictures
Week Three
Creative Catalyst Leaf Drawing Acorn Sculpture & Autumnal Adventures Autumn Watercolours Egyptian Pots
Mushroom Kit Dioramas
Vala Dramatic Adventures Aztec Omens Aztec Omens Aztec Omens Aztec Omens
Sparks Creative play Darts of the Totonac Aztec Hot Chocolate Chunky Beasties Sacrifice to Huitchlapotchli
Week Four
Creative Catalyst Leaf Drawing Cont. Autumnal Adventures cont. Still Life: Pumpkin Perspectives: Pencil & Paint Egyptian Pots
Mushroom Kit Dioramas
Vala Dramatic Adventures Fly Me To The Moon Fly Me To The Moon Fly Me To The Moon Fly Me To The Moon
Sparks Creative play Savoury Twists Watercolour Leaf Rubbings Ambush or A Hoity Toity Party Samosa
Week Five
Creative Catalyst Leaf Buildings Diorama Autumnal Adventures Finale. Still Life: Pumpkin Perspectives Cont. Open Day – WIP Display
Mushroom Kit Dioramas + Open Day Preparation
Vala Dramatic Adventures The Gallows & The Greenwood The Gallows & The Greenwood The Gallows & The Greenwood The Gallows & The Greenwood
Sparks Creative play Tree of Life Group Drawing Forest Spirits & The Little Folk of Yorkshire Red and Green Pesto Patterned Candle Holders
Week Six
Creative Catalyst Dream Catchers Ceramic Soup Bowls Aboriginal Mermaids & Monsters: Rarrk Painting Candelabra
Dramatic Adventure: Wild Camp Bush Adventure
Vala Dramatic Adventures The Keepers Isle The Keepers Isle The Keepers Isle The Keepers Isle
Sparks Creative play Gicanic (Toady Mess) Pizza Faces Fantasy Meets Reality Collage Gicanic (Toady Mess)
Week Seven
Creative Catalyst Dream Catchers Cont. Ceramic Soup Cont. Aboriginal Mermaids & Monsters Cont. Candelabra Cont.
Rain Sticks, Rattles & More Percussion!
Vala Dramatic Adventures Sage of Snow Treasure Peak Sage of Snow Treasure Peak Sage of Snow Treasure Peak Sage of Snow Treasure Peak
Sparks Creative play Clay Tree Of Life Leaves Ceramic Bowls Sherpas of Snow Treasure Peak Cheescake Bites
Week Eight
Creative Catalyst
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Service Closed
Cyclops Staff Fractal Drawings: Make a Paper Snow Flake, Draw & Spray around it and continue to draw. Tumblers & Cups
Rain Sticks, Rattles & More Percussion! Cont.
Vala Dramatic Adventures Escape Into The Bush Escape Into The Bush Escape Into The Bush
Sparks Creative play Outback Animals & Dreaming Tales Muffins! Coiled Rainbow Serpent Cups
Week Nine
Creative Catalyst Free Art Play Cyclops Staff Cont. Fractal Drawing Cont. Tumblers & Cups
Majolica Tiles
Vala Dramatic Adventures Brethren of the Coast Brethren of the Coast Brethren of the Coast Brethren of the Coast
Sparks Creative play Buccanneer Brats Sweet Scrolls & Snails Snowflakes Buccanneer Brats
Week Ten
Creative Catalyst Free Art Play Free Art Play Complete Portfolio Work Free Time With Clay
Free Choice!
Vala Dramatic Adventures TIME BANDITS: King Arthur TIME BANDITS: King Arthur TIME BANDITS: King Arthur TIME BANDITS: King Arthur
Sparks Creative play Biscuit Hands Badging Sparks Bear Arms: The March on the armies of Camelot Bliss Balls – Sweet & Savoury

Here ye! Here ye! This be the program for Term 2. Come ye dedicated, come ye curious; Aeoncademy has something for all!


From our massive three week Autumnal Adventures sculpture workshop to our focused Autumnal Watercolour class, we’re exploring the artistic potential of a whole range of different materials in that theme. To step outside the attention on Autumn, our Creative Catalyst classes are also launching into Soup Kitchen ceramics, Rarrk Paintings, and Majolica Tiles this term.


Rarrk painting — an Indigenous Australian style of painting traditionally using grasses, ochre and bark as its medium — is a style that involves delicate hatching of parallel lines and often includes ‘internal’ views of the subject — frequently animals. We’ll be exploring it with Aboriginal stories of Monsters and Mermaids in our Wednesday Drawing and Painting class.


Our Dramatic Adventures span some new territory this time round, with a focus on more recent events and stories — though we’ll take a deep dive into some ancient Chinese legends in Legendary China: The Sage of Snow-Treasure Peak.From there we’ll leap to the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries with a flurry of stories from the Renaissance, The Age of Exploration (with Buccaneers) and the Dying Days of the Aztec Empire. We’ll also hop around folksy Yorkshire in the Middle Ages with Robin Hood (and his Merrie Men), and out to our shining satellite in Fly Me To The Moon.


Our Sparks — a number of whom are graduating into our senior programs this term — will be along for the ride every step of the way with explorations of the Carnivale di Venezia, Collaborative Drawing, The Tribes of the Totonac, Aztec style Hot Chocolate, Ceramic Leaves, and much much more.

We’re all super excited to watch this term roll out. Get in touch to get involved today!

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!

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






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.


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!

Open Day and the Autumn Program

a gorgeous and colourful notice for the Autumn open day
Saturday the 5th March is Open Day

Coming up very soon is our famous Open Day, a marvellous opportunity to play with clay, ask tricky questions, fight with replica swords and get an amazing 20% discount on the next holiday program!

We will be launching our Autumn Holiday Program on the day and it promises to be seasonally inspired and engaging.

Please call in any time between 10am and 4pm to pick up fired ceramic work from the Summer Program and admire the art work from our after school classes this term.

There is always a Vala Dramatic Adventure Interactive (come see to find out what this means!) and a sausage sizzle at lunch time to keep everyone going.

The space is  great for a catch up with friends and family while enjoying a little hands on activity whether it’s clay work, watercolour painting or drawing.  Or just a cup of tea, a delicious biscuit (cooked during our World Cooking class) and a nice sit down.

A close up of the Forbidden City's walls
The Forbidden City’s walls
wool gods eye
Weaving colour and wool








Our program for Term 1 after school classes will be on display for interested people.

Monday to Thursday children over 7 years can choose between a Vala class (drama) or Creative Catalyst (visual arts) class. Children from 4 years are automatically enrolled in the Sparks program, allowing them to experience drama, art, world cooking and more free time play. Friday all ages try a mix of our programs.

There will also be some merchandise available for purchase, our t-shirts and boffer weapons are always popular.

art for adults
Ceramic Salon in hiatus

Those who are missing the creative classes for adults, Ceramic Salon, are welcome to call in during the Open Day and play around with clay -we can make arrangements for firing any work you produce.

Same for Teenage Art Club- feed your creativity.

See you there!

Vala launches on Mondays After School


We’re done with our Holidays and back to brass tacks with our After School Program. Our programming work is all coming together, and our first big (massive) announcement out of that work is…

Vala is Launching on Mondays

This is not a drill. Our excellent Vala After-School program is taking shape from Mondays through to Thursdays, following in the footsteps of its big sister Creative Catalyst to fill out our After School Roster for everyone who cares to come along


The first thing, coming at the end of our free-form first-week back, that our new Monday Valans will face is the empty space beyond Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain: Beyond the Wall. Get set for wolves howling, Picts marauding, and the dead of winter in the frozen northern wastes. Coming hot on its heels: The Crew of Odysseus: Between Scylla & Charybdis.




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!


If you’d like to stay tuned to our rolling photo updates, join us on Instagram with @aeoncademy, or check us out on Facebook.



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.

Slip & Slide Waterpark Water Park Play Spray Cool SummerAnd our competition to find the Slip & Slide Champion for 2016.

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.

Tent City Playpod Hippie Boho Glamping

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.

Arts Creative Upcycle Holiday Program Summer Fun

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.


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.


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…


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…


When they found Father Christmas!

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

Our Summer Program has begun!
painting outside
when the sun comes out
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!

Summer Vibes...
Our Summer Holiday Program for January 2016




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