Creative Catalyst opens the doors to the wide world of visual art for participants aged 7 years +. With students as old as 16 it features a wonderful multi-aged learning experience using a broad range of art materials and techniques to explore and enjoy. There are great opportunities for older students to participate in extension programs and develop their own projects.
Features creative modalities spanning the Visual Arts:
Themed workshop projects are selected from an astounding repertoire developed by Artist and Artistic Director Teffany Thiedeman and the Creative Catalyst collaboration of Canberra visual artists.
Emphasising inspiration, imagination, adaptability and positivity the Creative Catalyst approach is a hallmark of Canberra as the creative capital with the future of our nation’s bright sparks in mind.
Come hither, one and all, brave questing souls, adventure beckons you on every day of the Autumn School holiday program…
Knights Templar fend off an ambush by Assassins on the road to the Holy City.
Vikings lay down their axes to parley with native people on the shores of America.
A band of orphaned Dwarves, heirs to seven thrones, are lost deep in the Goblin tunnels.
An unlikely alliance of Samurai, Ninjas and Monks defy the tyrant who would rule all Japan.
‘Time Bandits’ are out to plunder treasure, armed with the stolen Map of All Time & Space.
Cursed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, the crew of Ulysses face off against giant cannibals.
Life is never dull for Roman Legionaries based at Hadrian’s Wall on the borders of Scotland.
Wizardly wildman with elfish friends hosts a scraggly band of adventures in a magical castle.
Clan of the Cave Bear must convince stone-age tribes to help rescue kidnapped friends.
Although the above sentences may sound like the tag lines to a bunch of great Netflix episodes, or computer games, or similar… they are in fact descriptions of dramatic adventures which lay in wait for each and every participant in the Vala Autumn Vacation program starting Monday 16 April. And these dramatic adventures are to be experienced as one of the characters, in the story itself, making up the legend as it unfolds, with sword or staff in hand, hooded, cloaked, armoured or even invisible!
This year our program turns 15, and to help celebrate we have promoted a number of long term participants (‘Vala Veterans’) to even more creative roles within the enchanted realm of imagination and storytelling that is Room Vala, at Aeoncademy.
One of the great things about this is that there are now more places than ever at the ‘Round Table’, from which all adventures and quests start, for new, young participants.
So let your ears be turned by the strains of bardic music which ever plays above and beyond the noise of our normal, busy lives.
Great quests, explorations, dangerous deeds of valour, bold tasks and… a wee bit of (supervised) reckless abandon… await every child, at Aeoncademy, program Vala, this Autumn season.
Merely contact our Front Office for bookings (mundane yes, but hey, that’s how it works).
In response to our community’s growing need for child care and Yarralumla Primary School’s growing numbers, from Term 2 this year Aeoncademy will be introducing a new, Creative Play based program, running from 3 – 6pm Mon – Fri for $33 a session. We are turning 15 this year (Open Day party 24th November, all invited), and we have seen so many changes over the years in our host school, Yarralumla Primary School. From struggling to maintain numbers and nearly closing (several times) to becoming the thriving Italian bilingual school it is today, with three kindergarten classes this year!
In celebration of our ongoing role within this community our new Creative Play program will offer quality, choice based activities; featuring our popular Play Pods with loose construction parts, guided nature play and various arts and crafts. This program will start in Term 2 and depending on the enrolment day we have a number of vacancies available from the beginning of Term 2. Our world class Creative Catalyst Art, Vala Dramatic Adventures and – best of both worlds – Sparks programs will continue to be provided as opt in specialised classes between 4-5.30; after which children may join the Creative Play program until 6 pm at no extra cost. Our dedicated caterer will continue to provide all children with a healthy afternoon snack.
There is only one Aeoncademy and it is located at Yarralumla Primary School. We pride ourselves as being a unique, flexible and adaptable provider of creative programs and quality care for children and young people. To enrol or enquire about any of our wonderful programs please contact our office manager Saadia on Ph:02 61423268 or Email: email@example.com
In the past week the Sparks have harnessed their inner wolf in Roman Britain, baked cookies to share on the Open Day, constructed mechanimals; mechanically inspired animals, investigated strange newcomers on the shores of America and constructed a city from cardboard. That was just one week! There are plenty more adventures planned.
During the interactions in the other programs the Sparks are supported not just by the Sparks facilitator and assistants but also the facilitator in the room they are visiting. Their activity is planned around what the older children are doing in the same room enabling them to inspire the Sparks.
As we approach Term 2 we are beginning the transition of older Sparks moving on while we welcome new additions to our group of intrepid explorers. As Sparks turn 7 they are welcome to explore the Creative Catalyst, Vala and Cornucopia programs more thoroughly on the days they attend.
Do you love children and have high energy? Do you want to work in a creative and supportive work environment helping kids to learn through wholistic experiences of art, drama, cooking, gardening and play?
We are after a motivated and engaged facilitator for our Sparks Program
If you have a WWVP and at least a cert 3 in Early Childhood education and are after a permanent part time position then contact us!
Imagine a miniature tea set, painted in blue and white, perfect for tiny people to use. You could set up a party on a small table under a giant tree and invite all the pixies, fairies, and goblins you know. At last, you’ll have the right tableware to hold a Pixies tea party!!
Explore the pleasures and skills involved in working clay on a micro scale. Here anything is possible – make a magical set of ceramic goblets, tea cups or jugs. Then add all the whimsical elements and flourishes befitting the Fae Folk. Finally finish your mini domestic ware with some surface decoration in colour and line work using ceramic underglazes.
Open your imagination to a world of science fiction/ fantasy incorporating technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century, Victorian, industrial, steam-powered machinery.
This Art & Literature genre has been inspired by writers like Jules Verne (30000 Leagues Under the Sea) and HG Wells (War of the Worlds) and embraced by artists and animators like Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle)
This workshop will get everyone sketching wild machines – we will start by looking at a selection of visually stimulating objects for the theme: old watches, leather boxes, old fashioned keys, test tubes, an ancient typewriter, binoculars, leather diaries and old books, gears and cogs, old style telephone, bird in a glass box, pinned butterflies.
Finally we will be using a monochromatic palette in watercolour and metallic washes to add some age, rust and character to our Steampunk masterpiece.
Growing plants is fun! Especially in a unique Animal Planter. Use the plant to look like hair, fur or a tree sprouting right out of the back of a beastie.
We’ll think about animal shapes that would work well to grow a plant in. Some animal bodies will definitely work better than others! You need sturdy legs (or no legs like a whale) and no thin whiskery fragile bits sticking out waiting to get snapped off. We’ll take a look at simplified streamlined shapes like Inuit carvings for inspiration.
Learn to hand build using beautiful clay, different ceramic techniques and some colourful finishes.
What a wonderful Summer Program, and how hard to believe it wasn’t even a fortnight ago.
The four-week program was full of excitement for Vala participants and facilitators alike, with countless characters played and stories told.
And so, once again, the Vala team are delighted to announce that submissions are OPEN for Aeondawn.
Aeondawn is Vala’s magazine, where we collect the creative work of students and staff to remember and celebrate the dramatic adventures we all had together.
And not just students and staff!
If your head is buzzing with the stories that you heard from your child, or you’re a Spark with a strong memory of an exciting interface, we’d be delighted to read and admire your submissions as well.
All you need to do for a chance to get your work published in our magazine is send it to our email, whether it is a short story, essay, comic strip, piece of art, map, or something so imaginative we can’t even anticipate it.
Submissions close on Friday 23rd February, so get to work!