Category Archives: Creative Catalyst

Colour Explosion Painting

Bring your world to life with the power of colour in this dynamic Painting Workshop. With the power to change our moods, to make us feel relaxed or energised; colour is used in the natural world to warn predators of poisoning danger if eaten and to attract mates.

Australian Corroboree Frog

Plants use colour to bring insect pollinators to their service while people have long understood the great symbolic power of colour in society and culture. Explore the world of colour and see how artists, such as Matisse and the Fauves, have used colour in their works. 

Music by Matisse

Then spend the day creating your own colour explosion on canvas!

Coming up in the Visual Arts program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Catalyst!

On Monday, our Mixed Materials class will be putting recycling into practice turning old bottles into incredible spinning whirlygigs!

On Tuesday, our Ceramics & Mixed Materials class will be getting their hands messy as they breathe paper mache life into old newspaper!

On Wednesday, our Painting & Drawing class will be inspired by the Animal Panels past students made for the Canberra Show and make some of their very own!

On Thursday, our Ceramics class will travel back to Ancient Egypt, making and decorating clay pots and jars for purposes both funereal and everyday!

And of course, all students will enjoy our Halloween detour in Week 3, our excursions to Teffany’s home gallery and exhibition in Week 5, and our group project for the 15th Birthday Open Day in Week 6!

Excursions to Hearth

It’s that time of year again: spring is sprung and the sun is back out, students are gearing up for Term 4 and the end of the year, and our Artistic Director Teffany Thiedeman is putting the final touches on her upcoming exhibition, Integument.

children inside the art studio Hearth

Integument explores stories and myths of humans becoming animals and animals becoming humans and the ways that our skins both contain and define us through ceramic figures rich with the textural marks of fur, feather and scales.

As has become an Aeon Academy custom, Creative Catalyst students will have the opportunity to go on excursion to Teffany’s home gallery, Hearth, during the week the exhibition runs (12th – 15th November).

mosaiced sign of Hearth

They will get the chance to have a look at the work and get to see the kiln, the workshop, the garden and beehives, the chooks and bunnies and Bandit the ancient dog. They will also have the opportunity to help finish a community art project,  or maybe just soak it all up and have some bunny therapy.

exploring the back garden

Hearth is a living, growing space that incorporates plants, an edible garden, beehives, chickens and rabbits and a clay wood fired pizza oven. It presents an unprecedented opportunity for Aeon Academy students to experience a working studio and experience art outside an institution, and allows them them to share in Teffany’s inspirations.

Avian Animalia

Our city is lucky to be home to many different species of birds, from raucous cockatoos, to colourful parrots and tiny, gem like wrens, birds can be seen everywhere and will be our inspiration for this ceramic workshop.

Superb Fairy-Wren

We will also look at birds from around the world and marvel at their diversity and beauty. Birds are used as symbols of freedom, peace and splendour on flags, shields, buildings and clothes. Work with your handbuilding skills and celebrate everything Avian  in this sculpture workshop.

Adélie Penguin

Fairy Tale Dioramas/Sculptures

Time to tell a story in a box- a staged recreation of a favourite fairy tale or a classic traditional story. Turn a cardboard box into Rapunzel’s high tower or a hoard of gold guarded by a sleeping dragon… If you love to make, build, paint and construct this workshop is for you – learn how to use a range of sculpting tools and materials to create your 3 dimensional story. 

Rapunzel illustration by Emma Harrison

Starting with an overview of our rich cultural heritage as glimpsed through a wild and fabulous collection of fables this Visual Art workshop encourages imagination, invention and problem solving, develops fine motor and design skills and gives students a full day to bring their story to life.

The Faerie Queene by Walter Crane

Spring Garden Printmaking

Goodbye Winter, hello Spring! Regarded by many as the best season of all in Canberra, the days grow warmer and lighter, flowers start to burst out of the ground, Magpies gather wool and fur for their nests and get ready to defend their territory to the death!

printing station

Celebrate the beginning of the new season with printmaking inspired by the changes in our natural surroundings. Escape into the garden, breathe the open air and use leaves, fruit and flowers to print from directly. Layer your composition with colour and form to make a spring impression on a large sheet of paper. Play with scratchboard and vegetables to create borders and patterns.

Nature Sculpture

World Masks – Ceramics

Take a look at Masks from all over the World. Sketch and design your mask and then make a small model- is it Friend or Foe? Has it got horns, teeth, scars, scales or fur? This ceramic workshop utilises sculptural and functional ceramic techniques like coiling, slab building, carving and stamping.

Masks have been inspiring artists forever and many have exaggerated features which can make them quite scary to look at. Huge eyes, mouths and teeth. What features and techniques do you want to use to create your own amazing mask?

Masks of the World
Sri Lankan Demon Mask

 

Term 3 After School Program 2018

 

TERM 3 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
WEEK 1
INTRO SESSIONS
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chill out zone: bean bags, books/audio + drawing equip
merged groups VC- obstacle course VC- jedi/ skipping VC-obstacle course VC- jedi WC-herbed Crackers
taster activities CC-water colours, dioramas & plastacine CC- outdoor concrete pot painting CC- Ojo de Dios CC- glazing butterfly tiles. Gardening + stencilling smocks
make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction
WEEK 2
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 1 Masks Of The World (clay) 1 Patterns in Nature (varied) 1 bird houses (clay) 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Russian Apple Scrolls
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Russian Apple Scrolls Be a Giant and make a River System! Vala Make Believe Hula Hoop weaving
MINI
SPARKS
Marble Painting Clay Mini masks Stories in the teepee Ball Games All the Building!
WEEK 3
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 2 Masks of the World (clay)2 Patterns in Nature (varied) 2 bird houses (clay)2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Wash Potatoes for Wed! Scrumptious potato skins
SPARKS Nest weaving Vala Make Believe WC- Scrumptious Potato Skins Pinch pot bird houses Dress Ups
MINI
SPARKS
jumping games Paper mask Potato Stamps Dress ups/tea party music games
WEEK 4
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 3 Masks of the World (clay) 3 Patterns in Nature (varied) 3 bird houses 3 (clay)
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Vala Make Believe clay masks Vala Make Believe WC-Chinese dumplings Paper garden
MINI
SPARKS
Sew What Parachute Games Spiral doodle Dumplings Plant a seed
WEEK 5
CREATIVE CATALYST open day/ self portrait 1 open day/ seed pictures 1 open day/ Short Story 1 Open Day/ Avian Animalia 1 open day
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Bread rolls
SPARKS self portrait Vala Make Believe Comic Book Vala Make Believe WC-Pumpkin soup & meat + veg soup
MINI
SPARKS
Collage paint mini masks Frame work self portraits Puppet Show
WEEK 6
CREATIVE CATALYST self portrait 2 seed pictures 2 Short Story 2 Avian Animalia 2 make up gloop for Monday!
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope – DEFENDER: Flashback to Urs-skin’s Training (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes – DEFENDER: Flashback to the Walls of Troy (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America – DEFENDER: Flashback to Past Viking Raids (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain – DEFENDER: Flashback to Legionary Training
CORNUCOPIA Father’s Day Chocolate Balls
SPARKS WC- Father’s Day Chocolate balls paint clay masks Vala Make Believe Bird Nest Ninja Training Camp
MINI
SPARKS
chocolate balls Board Games Ball games clay birds Stories in the teepee
WEEK 7
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 1 Colour Explosion 1 Spring Garden Printmaking 1 mouth caves 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Salvadorian Papusa
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Salvadoria Papusa Printing from food Vala Make Believe Collage Monster
MINI
SPARKS
music games water colours All the Building! jumping games Cooking
WEEK 8
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 2 Colour Explosion 2 Spring Garden Printmaking 2 mouth caves 2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Paper Mache animal masks Vala Make Believe WC- Scottish Shortbread painting bird houses & nests Vala Make Believe
MINI
SPARKS
Goblin Workshop colour mixing beading parachute games dress ups
WEEK 9
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 3 Colour Explosion 3 Spring Garden Printmaking 3 mouth caves 3
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA take dough out of freezer for WC + CPA Lancaster potato cakes
SPARKS Vala Make Believe colour discovery Vala Make Believe WC-Lancaster potato cakes watercolours
MINI
SPARKS
Plant a seed ball games music games Sew what watercolours
WEEK 10
CREATIVE CATALYST finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects
VALA God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen
CORNUCOPIA Pizza Express
SPARKS paint animal masks paint animal masks Vala Make Believe WC-Pizza Express
MINISPARKS free choice free choice free choice free choice