Category Archives: Creative Catalyst

BBQ festivities

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).

paper mache foundation
The beginnings of a marvellous beast…


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.

someone made this
Get on your Hobby Horse

So Giddy-up and get along.

Mondays and Tuesdays in the art room

Shelsher’s ceramic figure

Creative Catalyst update…

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.
Gruss’ mixed media sculpture

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.

Thanks for a wonderful Open Day!

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.

Creative Catalyst-Week 1 of the Spring Program


Adventure Island Dioramas, Wednesday 30th September

Construct an exciting land of adventure using a vast array of materials and tools.

A marble run through Boulder Valley
Boulder Valley Adventures

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.

A close up of the Forbidden City's walls
The Forbidden City’s walls







Colour Explosion, Thursday 1st October

Uluru painted by teenager
Painting large scale

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.

Bronwen Bancroft's engaging use of pattern and colour.
A painting by Bronwen Bancroft.




an ancient pot from America
Native American pottery vessel







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!20150421_115454

 Kids making coil pots
Carry on coiling


Fairy Furniture

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.

Fly Agaric table top mushroom
A Fairy table? Better not disturb it.

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.

Fairy Furniture
A Dwarfish Treasure Chest

The Visual Arts Program- Creative Catalyst

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.

our winter program
A season’s worth of action

Mondays will explore shadow puppetry and move into the wonder world of printmaking, starting with the mono print.

zombie cat and the haunted castle
zombie cat and the haunted castle







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.

Klimt's famous painting
Klimt’s famous painting 1909









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!

Giant tiled ghosts by the French artist Space Invader
Giant tiled ghosts by the French artist Space Invader
ceramic graffitti
ceramic graffiti by Nespoon








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.

Don’t forget to Drop Into Ceramic Salon

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?

kneading and wedging clay into perfect shape
the meditative art of wedging and kneading

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.

Independent Projects

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!

A large ceramic totem pole made collaboratively with two brothers
An totem pole stands guard
A shimmering and scaly, horned dragon head sits in the lap of the artist
The Dragon Maker
A plastic seat becomes a throne.
A work in progress, be amazed as an ordinary garden seat is transformed into a magnificent throne.

Avian Animalia

a ceramic bird ocarina, black and red
A little bird whistle
a ceramic magpie held in a child's hand
A backyard bird in the hand
a ceramic eagle with outspread wings
The Proud owner of a splendid eagle

Avian Animalia is a ceramic workshop inspired by the beauty of birds, from the great flightless emu to the tiny gemlike humming bird. Learn techniques to build their forms and express their grace.

Costume and Special Effects

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

an original mask made of paper pulp and lenses, fringed with a black feather boa
an original mask made of paper pulp and lenses, fringed with a black feather boa