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Aeoncademy’s Specialist Creative Programs – Nurturing the Creative Spark

Vala, Creative Catalyst, Sparks, Vacation Programs, After School Programs, Adult Classes, Teenage Art Club, Community Art

Vala

Participants need to get set for a time travelling experience they’ll never forget as the quirky Professor Martin and Associates and their techno-magical machine take them to eras and places as far apart as the golden age of Greek heroes and the early days of bushranging in Australia. Education has never been so much fun!

Features creative modalities spanning:

  • Dramatic Make Believe
  • Live-Action challenges and play (Including ‘Boffer’ weapon play)
  • Improvisational Character-play,
  • Storytelling

In Vala we take those creative modalities and use them to explore stories sourced from:

History,

Myth & Legend,

Fantasy,

(Speculative) Science Fiction,

Literature, and more.

Cornucopia

New Pilot Program! Cornucopia – The Kitchen & Garden by popular demand for children who love to grow and cook.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Companion Plants in the Garden Bed

Our Sparks (ages 4-7)  have been really enjoying participating in a World Cooking program for awhile now, much to the jealousy of many of the older children who want to participate as well. So here it is, a cooking and gardening program for ages 7-14!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Bread Basics

Led by Ruth Gaha-Morris of The Scrumpers Garden (Aeoncademy’s in-house caterer), students will be introduced to cooking from scratch, making such things as yoghurt, cheese, muesli, bread and pasta, flavoured from the growing Garden at Aeoncademy.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Home Made Pasta

We will be using herbs and plants from our newly established garden beds as well as doing winter planning for the ongoing development of the kitchen garden. This is a real hands-on learning experience of food, gardening and sustainability. 

Named after the mythical Horn of Plenty, a symbol of abundance,  we have named this budding kitchen & garden program Cornucopia.

To help us launch this program, we are putting out a call for any gardening or kitchen tools you are not using. Spades, rakes, Bread tins, mixing bowls, even electric appliances like frypans or slow cookers . Also glass containers. Please recycle your clean, glass jars with lids (all sizes) in our big green collection bin outside the art room. All donations gratefully received!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
The Southern Harvest Cornucopia

Sparks

The Sparks Creative Play Program is especially oriented to the needs of our 4-7 year old age group including accepting children from Yarralumla Preschool and Montessori School. It provides an introduction to Aeon’s distinctive approach to education and total human enrichment through creative experience.

Sparks at a theoretical level aims to foster creativity and develop enquiry and inquisitiveness about the world around and beyond us and our current understandings. The premise of Sparks is to create physical, emotional and social spaces that lead to interactions aimed at nurturing the creative spark within all children.

Planned interactions within the domains of the more specialised Aeoncademy programs of Vala, Creative Catalyst and more generally the Kitchen-Garden provide structured experiences which facilitate and support the Sparks to engage in a broad range of creative play – based development.

Vala interactions in Dramatic Make-Believe present the opportunity to engage in storytelling and character play enabling children to develop and broaden their language and social skills as well as their self confidence, control of their body and understandings of how to move through space. It is also a lot of fun and with Vala stories set at different times in history around the globe there’s always some interesting facts to learn.

Interactions in the art room and beyond with the Creative Catalyst program enable students to discover and develop visual languages, explore various materials, tools and techniques and learn to express themselves and their ideas in different ways all the while building on language, social, fine motor, adaptive, and creative skills.

The Kitchen-Garden is a tasty way that we engage all the senses in an exploration of the environment and broader world. Nurturing plants and others through food encourages the children to develop empathy, compassion, responsibility and adaptability.
Further opportunities for children to engage in nurturing their creativity as well as engage in extending their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are enabled by encouraging the children to self-guide their own creative play as well as support them to interact in less structured environments during free-play sessions.

Penultimate Ceramic Salon

painted plaster hand
wait! don’t miss the final lessons of the term

 

Tomorrow will be the penultimate Ceramic Salon for this term! Drop in to one of our adult clay classes for some mid-week art-making and a cup of mulled wine. 7-9pm in the art room at Yarralumla Primary, no ceramic experience  required.
a large ceramic dragon is nearly completed
A ceramic dragon in progress.

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.

World Cooking

Interview with a Spark-

child proudly displays a pizza made in the shape of a face
Make your own friend out of pizza and then EAT THEM
many delicious hand made dumplings
A mass of dumplings

 

What do you enjoy doing in the Sparks? Everything

What if you had to choose one activity? Cooking. I liked cooking fudge last week. The caramel fudge was the best.

What would you like to learn to cook? Lamingtons

Cooking is one of the activities the Sparks regularly engage in. Throughout this term the Sparks have made edible jewellery, doughnuts, tortillas, meatballs, bruschetta, fudge, apple and cheese stuffed breads during different World Cooking lessons.

It would be fantastic if Sparks and their families could provide some suggestions of things we could cook during world cooking. Talking about things you enjoy to eat at home or foods that are special to your family may generate some great ideas for our cooking classes in the coming term- Anna.

Never mind Winter, the Open Day is Coming.

Next weekend, pop in anytime from 10 until 4
Next weekend, pop in anytime from 10 until 4

Next weekend pop in to see our wonderful exhibition of children’s art,  pick up fired work from the Autumn holidays and check out our new Winter program while scoring a 20% discount on any vacation booking! The art room has been refurbished, we have a new vision for the Sparks program to unveil and there will be Live Action Demonstrations after 1pm.  Home made soup will be simmering all day for a gold coin donation and there will be art activities galore. Call in for 5 minutes or 2 hours and have a chat with Teffany, Anna, Andrew and Monica. Or just do your own thing.

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