This weekend we will be providing playful opportunities for all ages at the first ever BBQ Festival The Big Smoque in Civic Square (outside Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Legislative assembly).
Many hands have already helped to shape the form of the paper mache beast which awaits adornment in vines, flowers and fruit, horns, claws and more. All using recycled materials this beast is not for Barbecuing!
Our other activity will be the making of the timeless hobby horse/hobby unicorn/ hobby dinosaur- whatever takes your fancy.
As we continue with the term’s theme of ‘The Body’ our Monday class has embarked on its second project – ‘The Inked Figure’.We are busy creating mixed media sculptures inspired by artists Amanda Shelsher (Ceramics) and Sabrina Gruss (mixed media Sculptor) ; building armatures of card & foil over which we will work with air dry clay and pencils/ink.
Tuesday’ s second project ’The Mouth Cave’ is inspired by the work of Thomas Barbey (Surrealist Photographer). Students are building ceramic caves full of extraordinary worlds… flowers, wolves, words, waves, make up, monsters and more.
A big Thank You to all the friends and families of Aeoncademy who came out to our Open Day! While we were here we got to catch up with all manner of participants – from the youngest Sparks to the Teenage Artists still keeping involved.
Teffany got a start on the Barbeque creature for the upcoming AAA BBQ Festival, and some of our children and parents got involved in helping out! We had great fun in our crafternoon, and even released our Summer Program!
Thanks everyone once again for coming along and getting involved in our provision of Education through Creativity.
If you missed out on picking up your childrens’ artwork, don’t fret! We’ve stowed the ceramics on a shelf outside our art room – we’re here from 2 to 6 every day – so feel free to pop in, say g’day, and take home your art! We’ll keep the work there until the next Open Day, so you’ve got a bit of time.
Adventure Island Dioramas, Wednesday 30th September
Construct an exciting land of adventure using a vast array of materials and tools.
Our diorama workshops give you a chance to;
cut foam with hacksaws, handle hot glue guns, twist wire and metal, cast plaster, manipulate air drying clay, draw, paint (and more!) into…
bridges, pit traps, forgotten cities in overgrown jungles, crocodile infested pools, hidden caves, secret coves, wild beasts, dangerous cliffs and other fiendishly, unexpected features.
Colour Explosion, Thursday 1st October
Play with acrylic paint and a great range of brushes, sponges and other tools to experiment with abstract painting. Learn some colour theory and get ready to make all the colours! We will be using easels outside for part of the day to really get hands on and active in our investigation into the impact of colour. We will look at past artists such as Rothko and Frankenthaler and also Bancroft who is a contemporary Australian artist who uses strong pattern as well as colour.
Prehistoric pots, Friday 2nd
The oldest pots in the world were built around 15 000 years ago. Humans have been making pots, ornaments and instruments out of clay for a very long time. This is your chance to join in the tradition and coil a huge pot and decorate it with earth colored slips. We will look at images of pots from the ancient past and all over the world . Design your own decorations based on these frequently mysterious vessels.
Handprints and animal shapes are some of the most popular motifs. Spend the day making the best pot you can, after all, it might be discovered by someone 15 000 years from now!
Prepare yourself for an adorable day of making miniature furnishings. From a leaf bath for Goblins to a fairy throne of tree branches or a ring of mushroom stools.
YOU are the designer and maker of a unique collection of pieces for your chosen little people. Everything will be modelled in clay and painted with glaze colourants to create exactly the furnishings you wish to arrange in your garden or terrarium at home.
After School classes for Term 3 at Aeoncademy have begun. We have an exciting term planned ahead as the snapshot provided below of Term 3’s program indicates.
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.
After our two week hiatus you must be ready to crack your knuckles and get back into clay, also were you aware that Canberra has just hosted a massive 3 days of the Australian Ceramics Triennale?
Why not come and discuss the philosophical and political place of contemporary ceramics with Isabelle over a glass of mulled wine. Or you can just play with the clay and make your own sculpture; this is a casual class with all materials and guidance provided for a mere $30 per drop in.
Every holiday period we have older and advanced students participating in our program by developing independent projects. They come along for the sheer joy of working on a big project intensively, over an extended length of time and with access to the very well equipped art studio and the technical skills of the Facilitators. Of course many children come during the term too but older students and teenagers often have a lot on their plate, a couple of days over the holidays can be just the right amount of time to relight a creative flame. We have helped with massive mosaics, original latex masks and costumes, stop motion productions and incredible dioramas. There probably isn’t a creative project we would baulk at. Try us!
Older students come up with their own projects and are given free reign with materials and tools. They frequently create surprising outcomes and well resolved objects when they are able to work on extended projects over a term or more. The Teenage Art Club is a casual group of students interested in art who come together to get involved in community art projects and sporadic art events.
an original mask made of paper pulp and lenses, fringed with a black feather boa