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After School creative classes delivered by Artists and Creative Writers for children across a range of original programs in the dramatic and visual art fields.

Term 4 After School Program!

With much aplomb our After School Program has launched for Term Four. We’ve got amazing creativity in droves, with some amazing new offerings in Vala, Creative Catalyst, and Cornucopia all.

After School Program In Creative Catalyst, we launch with Monster Masks, a fantastic paper-craft and papier mache project. We’re also super excited to return to Hearth for an excursion of artistic inspiration – which we’ll see later on this term

After School Program

In Vala’s Dramatic Adventure Program we were chuffed to see how our stories panned out last term – so we’re getting started with an introduction to character play in our first week back! For students who have long been attending, this promises to be a fantastic look back at what makes Vala so unique, and for newcomers, a world of characters and stories awaits in our After School program!

After School Program

In Cornucopia, we’re keeping cool with launch into a summer theme of snack foods, sorbets, and more. And by popular demand, we’re going to have a crack at making lasagne – from scratch!

After School Program

In Sparks Creative Play, we can see a bunch of our students graduating to our older classes, but have a host of exciting activities for our youngest crew to get involved with as our After School program unfolds.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week One

Intro Sessions

Week Two Creative Catalyst Visual Arts Monster Masks 1 Underwater Diorama 1 Contour – Pencil drawing Viking Ships 1 Recycled Percussion Instruments
Vala Dramatic Adventures Ready Player Character Ready Player Character Ready Player Character Ready Player Character
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Flat Bread, butter plain and cultured Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Visual Art – Ceramic Monster Masks Dramatic Make Believe – Mini Player Character The Kitchen Garden – Making Butter from Scratch Visual Art – Drawing Viking Ships
Week Three Creative Catalyst Visual Arts   Monster Masks 2 Underwater Diorama 2 Form – Pencil drawing Viking Ships 2 Vala Dramatic Adventures: The Mercurial Games!
Vala Dramatic Adventures Masters of Wind and Wave: Rant & Roar Padmasambhava comes to Tibet: The Elixir of Longevity Priests of the Ancient Nile:The Book of Going Forth by Day Young Mutant Chronicles: The Miasma Misadventure
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Jam & Jelly, Seed butters Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Dramatic Adventures – Bandits on the Road Kitchen Garden – Scones with Jam Visual Art – Ceramic Boulders: Form Making Dramatic Adventures – The Overwhelming Smog-Thing
Week Four Creative Catalyst Visual Art Monster Masks 3 & Sugar Skull Designs Underwater Diorama 3 + Halloween Creepy Crafts Day of the Dead Drawings Viking Ships 3 Sugar Skull Biscuits – cooking for Open Day and setting up an exhibition
Vala Dramatic Adventures Masters of Wind and Wave:Rant & Roar Padmasambhava comes to Tibet: The Elixir of Longevity Priests of the Ancient Nile:The Book of Going Forth by Day Young Mutant Chronicles: The Miasma Misadventure
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Salsa & Guacamole Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Kitchen Garden – Salsa & Guacamole Visual Art – Underwater Watercolours Dramatic Adventures – Desert Spirits Kitchen Garden – Pesto Pasta
Week Five Creative Catalyst Visual Art Misty Mountains 1 Watercolour painting Celtic Labyrinth – Continuous Line Drawing 1 BADGE MANIA Dinner on a Plate 1 Giant Bubbles
Vala Dramatic Adventures Masters of Wind and Wave:Rant & Roar Padmasambhava comes to Tibet: The Elixir of Longevity Priests of the Ancient Nile: The Book of Going Forth by Day Young Mutant Chronicles: The Miasma Misadventure
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Hummus & Crackers Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Visual Art – Misty Mountains Pencil Drawings Dramatic Adventure: The Spirits of Longevity Kitchen Garden – Hummous & Crackers Visual Art – Dinner on a Plate
Week Six Creative Catalyst Visual Art Misty Mountains 2 Watercolour painting Celtic Labyrinth – Continuous Line Drawing 2 Wandering Watercolours – Wind Blown & Salt Sprinkled Dinner on A Plate 2 Parachute Games
Vala Dramatic Adventures DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden The humble potato; Chips &/or wedges Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Dramatic Adventures – Defenders of the Bush Kitchen Garden – Potato Salad Visual Art – Colour Challenge Painting Dramatic Adventures – Time Bandit: Trouble on a Train
Week Seven Creative Catalyst Visual Art Solar Lanterns

Arboreal Animals 1

 Stained Glass Windows Beautiful Bells Vala Dramatic Adventures: The Martial Games
Vala Dramatic Adventures Freedom of the Bush:Governor of the Ranges Knights of the Round Table:The Broken Sword Savage Court of Mary Queen of Scots:The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell The Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Custard & Meringues Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Kitchen Garden – Custard & Meringues! Visual Art – Pencil Cluster Drawings: Continuous Line of possums, gliders and squirrels Dramatic Adventure – The Riders of The Borders Kitchen Garden – Eggy Bread
Week Eight Creative Catalyst Visual Art Hearth Excursion Hearth Excursion Hearth Excursion Hearth Excursion Seed Cards
Vala Dramatic Adventures Freedom of the Bush:Governor of the Ranges Knights of the Round Table:The Broken Sword Savage Court of Mary Queen of Scots: The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell Time Bandits: The Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Ice cream &/or Sorbet Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Visual Art – Paper Cut Out Lanterns Dramatic Adventure – Rise of the Squires Kitchen Garden – Frozen Fruit Sorbet Visual Art – Beautiful Bells
Week Nine Creative Catalyst Visual Art Painted Stone Mandalas

Arboreal Animals 2

Xmas Cut-Outs Bead Making Gingerbread Biscuits
Vala Dramatic Adventures Freedom of the Bush: Governor of the Ranges Knights of the Round Table: The Broken Sword Savage Court of Mary Queen of Scots: The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell Time Bandits: The Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Bolognese Sauce & lasagne sheets Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Dramatic Adventure – Troopers in the Town Kitchen Garden – Vegetarian Carbonara Visual Art – Tiny Christmas Dioramas Dramatic Adventures – The Fabergé Egg Heist!
Week Ten Creative Catalyst Visual Art Xmas Tree Building Cutouts and Nature Decorations Popcorn & Paper Chains Stamped Paper & Cards Xmas Party! Make-do and Cardboard constructions, and more!
Vala Dramatic Adventures Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice
Cornucopia Kitchen Garden Lasagne from Scratch Coming Soon
Sparks Creative Play Kitchen Garden – Lasagne from Scratch Visual Art – Free Time Clay/Watercolours Dramatic Adventure – The Time Machine Kitchen Garden – Edible Snowballs

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!

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Term 2 Program

Holidays have gone away and we’re returning to our Term 2 Program after an abridged collection of Intro Sessions to our fabulous programs, and some intensive inspiration and development tours – from Maria Island to Broulee.

 

In Creative Catalyst, we start to huddle in close as Autumn turns cold with Soup Kitchen Ceramics and Spooning, which promises to provide beautiful bowls and special spoons for devouring wintry broths and stews. As the nights grow darker and the days shorter, stay tuned for some beautiful Lanterns in Cities of Light, and chart a course for warmer waters with Imagination Map coming soon.

 

In Vala, we’re launching a whole new collection of stories. It’s really exciting – as we begin with Priests of the Ancient Nile, and discover the careful interplay of seasons, floods, droughts, and the people in Ancient Egypt. We’re charmed to introduce The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots as students take on the role of the ladies-in-waiting, the cooks and stablehands, and more of the famous White Queen, and our old favourites from the Young Mutant Chronicles return to a starring role in the Ok-Li Plague.

 

Lastly in Sparks, there’s a host of delicious and delectable doughy delights to explore in World Cooking! Employing not only the talents of our (frankly amazing) Sparks facilitators Anna, Annika, Esther and (introducing) Ella, we’re also bringing the terrific talents of our mæstro d’quisine Ruth to bear. We’re going to begin with a batch of Hembesha – a kind of flatbread originating in Eritrea, and we’ll continue through Finnish breads, Irish pancakes, Rotis, and then when winter hits we’ll have some Polish Dumplings to line our bellies.

You can check out the entire program after the jump.

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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

School’s In!

It seems only yesterday that school was wrapping up for the year but following a great Summer Holiday Program its back to school in less than a week. So along with all the other things to do before school returns don’t forget to give us a call and let us know if you’d like your child to attend.

Our creative programs run Monday to Friday between 4-5:30 pm after school and there is something for everyone.

For those coming straight from school there is an additional session between 3-4 pm that bridges the gap between

Please Note: On Monday the 30th we will be open for administrative purposes only, due to the Student Free day for Public Schools, which our facilitators will take as an opportunity to begin programming and planning for another great term.

Back to School is just around the corner!

We’ve all been having a ball at our fabulous Summer Program!

But as we launch into our final week, we’re also gearing up to go back to school!

…and Aeoncademy has its fantastic host of creative programs in after-school format starting off once again, to help keep nurturing the creative spark of children and young people through the term.

Our program is rocketing back  with our Intro Sessions, where we give our students a chance to explore a little bit of everything on offer while we fix down a program that runs across the term.

Don’t forget that at the end of the year, we stop carrying your bookings across, so it is vital to get in touch with the office to arrange your after-school booking, so as to avoid missing out on a space.

Speaking of the term, stay tuned for more information about our Open Day – coming up on the 4th of March, which will be chock full of amazing activities and the release of our Autumn program!

You can contact the office here or give us a call on 6142 3268

How great was Hallowaeon!?

This Halloween, Aeoncademy came together to explore the history of the tradition, from Samhain to Allhallowstide, to Dia de Muertos, together with the wide variety of costumes, food and fun of Halloween. We love it!

So much fun we think the pictures say it all!

and finally to conclude.

Welcome… to Hallowaeon!

Ghouls, goblins, and little ghosties, prick up your ears! For the scariest day of the year – HALLOWEEN – is fast approaching, and Aeoncademy will be holding a special celebration for the day. We’re calling it Hallowaeon!

Aeoncademy's awesome Halloween Party - October 31st - Bookings Essential

Bookings are an absolute must for the day and we’re offering a special discounted rate for bookings made for Hallowaeon! $25 for the session starting at 4pm, $13.25 for the Bridging session – but only for bookings made in advance for Hallowaeon. Call the office to book in today!

Things will kick off with a celebratory bridging feast with some spooooky elements that our catering crew are brewing up in the storeroom even as we speak.

Sugar Skulls and Spooky Confection

Then in an Aeoncademy first, we’ll be running an extra-special session that will last an EXTRA HALF-HOUR from 4pm until 6pm. And what a session it will be! Not only are we running extra special stories, art and cooking programmes from 4 through 5 for the children, but during the last hour of the program (from 5pm onward) we’ll even be throwing open our doors to parents who want to join in in the Hallowaeon Extravaganza!

What’re we doing on the day? Well…

Spooky Lanterns

In Creative Catalyst we will join in the ancient-most of Halloween traditions, painting their faces like scary monsters – zombies, vampires, werewolves – to protect themselves from prowling monsters on the way home. Here’s hoping they don’t get confused and come to think they themselves are the monsters painted on their skin…

Sparks will put on their lab-coats and prepare to learn from our resident mad genius Anna Wishart the slippery ways of Slime Science! Red or green, yellow or blue, ghostly ectoplasm or sticky blood, even non-newtonian goopy creations, our inventors-in-training will cook up all kinds of slimy concoctions. Let’s just hope that their creations don’t slither away from them….

Spooky Slimy Halloween Creations

Vala will explore the haunted back-alleys of Mexico City as they learn about the Aztec roots of Dia di Muertos, the Day of the Dead. If they aren’t careful, they may even glimpse the ancient deities Mictecacihuatl and Mictlantecuhtli roaming their former stomping-grounds and learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice…

Get a look at what your children do all term, maybe even engage in a little project of your own, and join your kids and our spooktacular staff for a sausage sizzle to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.

See you all at Hallowaeon!

Term 4 Program!

Launching into the last stretch of the year, our Term 4 Program is starting off fast with some fabulous All-Hallows and Harvest-time themed workshops. Then, with a bunch of brilliant projects, fantastic stories and an amazing Inspiration Tour coming up, we’ll be arriving into Summer, where we cool off with some stories of the Corroboree, crafty Christmassy decorations, and the exciting return of our far-flung Science Fiction story: Awaken Andromeda. All in all our Term 4 program is getting ready to unfurl an awesome run to the end of the year.

The Term 4 Program at Aeoncademy

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week Two
Creative Catalyst Horrible Preserves Folktale Monoprints (part 1) Skull and bone drawings – white on black Large head Lanterns part 1
Paper -Mache Skeleton
Vala Dramatic Adventures Young Mutant Tales: The Triangulation Effect Young Mutant Tales: The Triangulation Effect Young Mutant Tales: The Triangulation Effect Young Mutant Tales: The Triangulation Effect
Sparks Creative Play Slime Jar/Horror Preserve Smugglers in the Kel-Pi Markets (Drama) Vietnam: Rice Paper Rolls Ceramic Pumpkin Lanterns
Week Three Halloween Lead-up
Creative Catalyst Horrible Preserves Folktale Monoprints (part 2) Spooky drawings in gothic frames Large head Lanterns part 2
Paper – Mache Skeleton
[white on black drawings]
Vala Dramatic Adventures Legendary China: Gin Gul Cemetary Legendary China: Gin Gul Cemetary Legendary China: Gin Gul Cemetary Legendary China: Gin Gul Cemetary
Sparks Creative Play Bats, Rats & Cats in the Cemetary (Drama) Brazil: Fruit Bowls Spooky cats/rats/bats Catacombs of Yu the Great (Drama)
Week Four
Creative Catalyst Zombie Face painting

and

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Scrying Bowls (part 1) Succulent drawings/Little Shop of Horrors Mini Animals
Paper – Mache Skeleton
[day of the dead skull collage]
Vala Dramatic Adventures Fall of the Aztecs: Day of the Dead

and

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Fall of the Aztecs: Moctezuma & Cortes Fall of the Aztecs: Moctezuma & Cortes Fall of the Aztecs: Moctezuma & Cortes
Sparks Creative Play Slime

and

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Slip-work Bowls People of the Jungle – The Spanish Escape (Drama) Slovenia: Braided Heart Bread
Week Five
Open Day
Creative Catalyst Tunisian Tiles 1 Magnified Drawings Open Day/Blown up Picture Big Animals (part 1)
FAIRY TALE FOREST & Baking Project
Vala Dramatic Adventures Buccaneers: Classic Enemies Buccaneers: Classic Enemies Buccaneers: Classic Enemies Buccaneers: Classic Enemies
Sparks Creative Play Tile Project Man the Cannons! (Drama) Lebanon: Kaak Animal collage/drawing
Week Six Hearth Week
Creative Catalyst Inspiration Tour Inspiration Tour Inspiration Tour Inspiration Tour
Ceramic Egg Head
Vala Dramatic Adventures Outlaws of the Greenwood: Guy of Gisborne Outlaws of the Greenwood: Guy of Gisborne Outlaws of the Greenwood: Guy of Gisborne Outlaws of the Greenwood: Guy of Gisborne
Sparks Creative Play Guards of Guy of Gisborne (Drama) Hearth Pizza Garden tiles (potted plant) Sneaking through the Town (Drama)
Week Seven
Creative Catalyst Tunisian Tiles 2 Scrying Bowls (part 2) Special Effects watercolours (part 1) Big Animals (part 2)
Crystal Drawings (Watercolour and epsom salts)
Vala Dramatic Adventures Dawn of a New Horizon: The Phobos Effect Dawn of a New Horizon: The Phobos Effect Dawn of a New Horizon: The Phobos Effect Dawn of a New Horizon: The Phobos Effect
Sparks Creative Play Honduras: Plaintain and Cheese Turnovers Mirror Mirror on the Wall Picture Savage Lands (Drama) India: Kulfi
Week Eight
Creative Catalyst Window into Art – Stained Glass Miniature Animation Books (part 1) Special Effects watercolours (part 2) Big Animals (part 3)
The Coroboree (with Damper, Ochre Painting, and Initiation)
Vala Dramatic Adventures Bushrangers & Blackfellas Bushrangers & Blackfellas Bushrangers & Blackfellas Bushrangers & Blackfellas
Sparks Creative Play Tracing Stained Glass Windows The Coroborree (Drama) Danish Pastry Bird Tiles
Week Nine
Creative Catalyst Window into Art – Stained Glass Miniature Animation Books (part 2) Stained glass window drawings Christmas Decorations
Christmas Tree & Decorations
Vala Dramatic Adventures Realms of the Renaissance: Florence Falls Realms of the Renaissance: Florence Falls Realms of the Renaissance: Florence Falls Realms of the Renaissance: Florence Falls
Sparks Creative Play Assasination Games: La Taverna (Drama) Aus/NZ: Pavlova Stained Glass Windows Assassination Games: La Casa (Drama)
Week Ten
Creative Catalyst Free Art Play Free Art Play Free Art Play Free Art Play
Free-Form Friday Free Time
Vala Dramatic Adventures Arena 9000: Awaken Andromeda Arena 9000: Awaken Andromeda Arena 9000: Awaken Andromeda Arena 9000: Awaken Andromeda
Sparks Creative Play Samoa: Spiced Cake Ceramics Free Play The Andromedean Animus (Drama) Tonga: Otai

Welcome Back to School!

After a great Holiday Program we’re rolling straight back into our after-school program.

Back To School

Our Monday & Tuesday art classes are being run by Monica Castelo, with ceramic & mixed material workshops coming together with Teffany’s classic ceramics class on Thursdays and Isabelle’s Wednesday wonders of Drawing and Painting. This term in Creative Catalyst we’re exploring themes of Spring Stories, sprouting seeds and reborn reflections with a host of exciting projects. From Storybook Construction to Masks and Masques, and with a fantastic batch of different programs planned.

Outdoor Painting

In Vala, our stories center around revelation, understanding, and new beginnings as we get involved in stories from the Age of the Buccaneers and Realms of the Renaissance, and with many, many more stories from all over the globe being put together for a fantastic Vala program this term.

Outdoor Play

Sparks this term are doing exciting projects building on each of our programs, and in World Cooking are getting to make some of the most delicious dishes that we’ve ever seen.  We’re taking a look at the cultural differences between styles of flat cake, from Belarusian Potato Pancakes to Venezuelan Corn-cakes, we’re really excited to explore both the differences in how these foods are prepared and why these foods share common and differing characteristics from different points on the globe.

You can see all the different programs planned over here – and click through to see the details about each of our programs.

Bubble Bubble...]As we get stuck into what’s on this term, here’s a heads up for the Open Day – it’ll happen on the 20th of August. Aeoncademy is a strong believer in the local community, and our Open Days are one of the ways we try and bring a bit more creativity into everyone’s lives. From Art & Craft advice from our supremely experienced facilitators, to chats about the things that impact our community. Put it in your calendar today!

And, as a sneak peek, Teffany is hosting an Open Studio on the same weekend… Stay tuned for more – coming soon.