Summer Vacation Program!


Summer Vibes...

Our Summer Vacation Program for January 2016!

The Open Day has come and gone, and thank you everyone who came along to the fantastic exhibition of children’s art, drama, and interactive crafternoon.  At our open day, as usual, we’ve released our schedule for our Summer Program – January is above, the Christmas elves workshops are below.

Christmas Elves program (1)


From Stencilling to Bird Baths, The Stone Age to the Near Future, we’re getting up to all sorts of fun these holidays. Of note are our Action Art workshops  – leave the constraints of the art room to explore ways of making art with bodies, motion, unconventional materials, and unconventional techniques! Giant Puppets promises enormous effigial puppets – made collaboratively – from paper mache and mixed materials, while All Tied Up will be a Gordian Knot of tie dying, yarn bombing, and webmaking. Mechanical Artist, with toy cars, catapults, pendulums and other wacky apparatus, promises to appeal to the Da Vinci in everyone. Spray, Splash, Splatter! gets everyone involved in exactly what it says on the tin: with dyes and paints, create Pollack-esque artworks showcasing the best of 2D art that brushes can’t paint!

In Vala, we’re having a return to some literary classics with The World of Oliver Twist – join Fagan’s gang of urchins and miscreants and try to outwit the peelers in Victorian London, or join up with the bobbies and become a ‘nose’ into the underworld of the classic Dickensian tale. Elf Towers of Dawn looks like it’s a hit already – with a classic High-Fantasy story that’s been coming together for 20 years – get embroiled in the tantalising tapestry of the old wizard Marshdog and follow the questing peregrines on their voyage of discovery in the fantastical world of the Dawnsaga. Our Science Fiction stories look into a possible near future, with a world pushed to the brink of overpopulation and pollution – and what happens when a ‘ruling elite’ try and quash the disenfranchised and desperate – and prepares us all for the end of the world (as we know it)!

Interested in our Summer Vacation Programs? Get in touch with the office on 6142 3268 to book in today!

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.

Roller Derby Grand Final!


By day, Teffany Thiedeman is our mild-mannered Ceramical Genius, but by night she becomes…

Aunty Aggro CRDL Teffany Thiedeman
Which is her true face?

Auntie Aggro: Roller-Derby Extraordinaire. Like all good superheroes she keeps her identities secret and separate, and until a child’s drawing of some of her exploits, and a scheduling conflict with our Open Day brought things into the light, we had no idea.

Children's Artwork Roller Derby
The artwork in question… by talented student Liam A.

Their Grand Final is this Saturday, and takes place right after the Aeoncademy Open Day.


The CRDL Grand Finals are a sight to behold, with amazing sportswomanship, high-stakes-skating, and a championship on the line! It’s the Surly Griffins – Aunty Aggro’s Team – going head to head with the Red-Bellied Black Hearts for a showdown smash.

In the words of the Canberra Roller Derby League:

Great Scott! We’re heading back to 2014 for a re-play of the CRDL grand final. Once again the Surly Griffins are facing off against the Red Bellied Black Hearts while the Brindabelters will be taking to the track against the CRDL Black ‘N’ Blue Belles! Last year the Griffs took the fabled Darby Derby Cup, while the Belters narrowly avoided the wooden spoon in a heart-in-your-mouth epic final jam.

Who will win on Saturday? It’s up to you to find out. Gather up your hoverboard, let your Nikes lace themselves and don’t forget your tickets for Block to the Future!  

Ceramic Salon- Reloaded!

Ceramic Salon is back with 5 weeks of drop-in clay classes for adults! Now that the evenings are getting warm, come and make some arty christmas gifts and have a midweek mulled wine. Ceramic artist Isabelle Mackay-Sim will show you techniques to make beautiful handmade objects to give your friends and family.


Creative Classes for Grown- Ups, come play with clay!
Creative Classes for Grown- Ups, come play with clay!



Teffany Thiedeman’s home studio at

67 Schlich St, Yarralumla

email if you need to know more

$30 a drop in session
7-9pm Wednesday nights

starting November 11


Christmas is Coming

There’s an odd break cropping up this year between the end of the school term (the 18th of December) and Christmas Day.

We’re going to run a program over that period of time.


Stay Tuned for more details closer to the date.

Open Day coming soon!


What are you doing on the 14th of November? Aeoncademy is holding its quarterly open day, with crafternoons, clay play, dramatic demonstrations – interactive of course – painting, sausage sizzles, Sparks-made biscuits & so much more.

We’ll be releasing our Summer program for 2016, which will run from the 4th of January to the 29th, showing off details about our Christmas Elves workshop, and giving you all the chance to meet our team.



It’s been another exciting week at Aeoncademy as we build up to Halloween this weekend.


On Mondays Creative Catalyst have continued to explore the creative potential of Shoe Sculpture, starting with from humble boots/stilettos/sneakers/etc and upcycling to create unique works of arts. On Tuesday they’ve been trying their hands at the traditional art of Hamsa design, drawing from both Jewish and Islamic symbolism to create ‘handy’ and beautiful ceramic bowls. On Wednesday and Thursday they’ve been preparing for Mexico’s answer to Halloween, Day of the Dead, by drawing inspiration from Posada’s skull engravings and creating art of calaveras (skeletons!).



The Sparks have had a fun-packed and varied week as always, starting with two days of World Cooking in a row as they made brightly-colored sugar-skulls out of fondant on Monday and then baked skull-shaped butter cookies on Tuesday. On Wednesday they learned a little about Day of the Dead with Creative Catalyst as they made ofriendas, traditional table-offerings made in Mexico. And on Thursday they set Vala buzzing in their starring role as a swarm of mutant bees!


Vala have been getting their teeth sunk into this week’s Halloween theme with a trio of spooky B-Horror Dramatic Adventures. Tuesday saw them exploring the classic Victorian tale of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde and his shapeshifting chemicals. The shapeshifting theme continued on Wednesday as they explored a classic scary movie in their confrontation with The Wolfman! And on Thursday they took their place in a story about genetic modifications and science run amok as they confronted giant killer BEES!

Welcome Back to School!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful school holiday program. We all had a ball as the days grew longer and the spring sprang into full bloom. From Fairy Furniture to the Lords of Outremer, Prehistoric Pots to the Elf-Towers of Dawn, our school holiday break was an absolute ball, and it was great to see so many familiar faces from Yarralumla Primary joining in.


We’re kicking straight back into our after school program, and if you’d like to come along give us a call (between 2 and 6, our office hours) on 6142 3268, and we’ll sort you out.

We’re returning to our usual method (or madness) after school, with Creative Catalyst running Monday to Friday, doing Ceramics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mixed Materials on Mondays and Drawing & Painting on Wednesdays. Vala continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and will have a different story theme each week. Lastly, Sparks are getting stuck into their usual rotation of Artistic, Dramatic, and Culinary.  Friday is a mixed ages class with a wide variety of activities. This term we start off with plaster casting zombie hands in preparation for Halloween…


A Spring Surprise in Week 2 of our Holidays

After a fantastic first week Aeoncademy has rolled into a blockbuster Week Two.

Rushing away with Gnomania, Creative Catalyst have been creating ceramically, knitting naturally, and sculpting spookily for a fantastic second week.

Gnomanic Painting










After Gnomania, our Catalystas got stuck in to Nesting, a weaving extravaganza as we put together fantastic soft-sculpted nests of yarn, beads, twigs, and other found objects. In Celebratory Candelabra, spires of illumination and decorative candlesticks were made manifest in clay. Scary Sculpture really takes the Hallowe’en Handbasket though, with lanterns, debossed wall-hanging skulls, and ones made of sugar, and a whole bunch of other creepy creations.

Halloween Lanterns




Vala launched into the tense political thriller with Samurai & Ninja coming Under Siege.  From there we took a sail-boat to the Dreaming Tower in Elf-Towers of Dawn, and then across the seas to meet The Micmac Princess in Norse America.  Lastly, we went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Knights Templar as they became Lords of Outremer.

(K)Night School.
(K)Night School.












In the Sparks we’ve been having a wild time digging in to all the programs on offer. Our own Nests, Lanterns, Gnomes and creepy charcuterie for our homes, the Sparks have been getting involved in everything that’s going on.

We begin Week 1 of the Holiday Program with a Spring in our Step

Week 1 of the Holiday Program is almost over!

Already this week Valans have enjoyed navigating the dangers of the Old Stone Age and contemplating the future of life in Space (which may include robots). Today Valans enjoyed the rigours of life in Roman Britain as they seek to bring Roman rule to the unruly Picts.

In the Art Room, furnishings for the homes and gardens of gnomes, elves, fairies, and trolls have been lovingly crafted from clay and entire worlds have taken shape from a variety of materials during Adventure Island Dioramas! Today the Art Room and Garden have been covered in colour as the children in Creative Catalyst explore how colour changes and contrasts using paints and oil pastels.

The Sparks, our 4-7 year olds, have experienced both dramatic adventures and artistic pursuits each day as they get a taster of the best of both Art and Drama, Aeoncademy style.

This holiday we are pleased to welcome a new caterer, Robyn, who has helped fuel both staff and participants at Aeoncademy over the last few days making Spaghetti Bolognese, Marinated Chicken Wings and Pizza for lunches along with various other snacks to sustain everyone throughout the day.

Robyn Rocks the Kitchen
Robyn Rocks the Kitchen

Don’t forget if you’d like to join in the fun the holidays aren’t over yet. There is one more week to go following this upcoming long weekend. Give us a call at the Aeoncademy Office to book in.

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


Vala’s Spring Program – Week Two

Aeoncademy’s Vala program uses imaginative character play to give children a feel for what the lives and experiences of real people in history might have been like. Instead of long lists of dates and names, Vala gives memorable and dramatic context to the historical events it covers and also explores themes of empathy and imagination through adventures drawing on fantasy and science fiction.

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You’ve all seen the program – now you can take a deeper look into what we’re doing at Vala this Spring – Part Two.

Samurai And Ninja

Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga province finds itself Under Siege.

Elf-Towers of Dawn

Follow a group of questing peregrines on a mighty journey between shining towers of elven make, in a fantastical, mythical, and extraodinary world. Join the Mighty Knights, Dwarves, Elves, the tribes of Cat Myrthen and Mathonowi as they approach the ethereal Dreaming Tower.


Norse America

Acquiring the Eirikson map of Vinland and hearing the tales of rich natural resources, a well-respected landholder and his community set off for this ‘New World’ to make a home for themselves in this fertile and abundant land and take advantage of the friendly ties that the last voyage forged with the Micmac who live there. On their arrival, however, they find themselves drawn more deeply into local politics than intended after some of their number fight off a band of territorial raiders and prevent the capture of a group of women including …the Micmac Princess!

Knights Templar

The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves and for God through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitalier and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassin cult and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and begin to earn the title Lords of Outremar!

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

Vala – Spring 2015 – Week One!

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Aeoncademy’s Vala program uses imaginative character play to give children a feel for what the lives and experiences of real people in history might have been like. Instead of long lists of dates and names, Vala gives memorable and dramatic context to the historical events it covers and also explores themes of empathy and imagination through adventures drawing on fantasy and science fiction.

You’ve all seen the program – now you can take a deeper look into what we’re doing at Vala this Spring.

...I wonder if there are wolves about.
Elder of the Tribe of the Cave Bear takes a nap…


Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. High summer is upon the Tribe of the Cave Bear and so they pack up their winter camp and trek into the green pastures of the High Country alongside their fellow Tribes, the mysterious Old Ones, and herds of migrating animals. But when a group down at the river by their camp are attacked the Tribe must rise to meet this threat if they are to avoid losing forever their territory up on Summer Heights.

In Space, no-one can hear you giggle.
Launching into the unknown…

Take the prize pick of warriors, strategists, cunning rogues and beefy jocks from all of human history. Throw them two and a half million light years away from home (The Andromeda Galaxy), force them to fight in a sadistic gladiatorial deathmatch (Arena 9000), and you get a group of humans less than content with that situation. Having Macgyvered a solution to their captivity, Humanity has escaped, and are now on the run from dark drones, android assassins, and even a galactic entity of terrifying proportions in an intense space race for Andromedean Amnesty.

Awkward Turtle...
The Legendary Legionary form a ‘Turtle’ wall.

Now accustomed to their duties at Brocolitia and along Hadrian’s Wall, the legionaries are sent into the unfamiliar territory of the North on a diplomatic mission. Assigned as bodyguards to a superior officer they must safeguard him on his journey to the Selgovae, a tribe of allied Britons, to collect the annual tribute. But on their arrival among the Selgovae they discover that a Pictish envoy has already been welcomed and seeks nothing but to stir up trouble for Rome and must protect each other and succeed despite Pictish interference in this Mission to the Britons.

It's all Greek to them...
Odysseus’ crew prepares themselves.


After a string of misfortunes brought about by the sea god Poseidon, Odysseus’ once-mighty fleet has been reduced to but a single ship and its crew. Imagine their joy when, stopping at a lush island to resupply, they discover a banquet fit for the gods laid out for them by mysterious hands. Brash Odysseus’ decision to go ashore and enjoy the feast endangers him and his crew once more as they fall under the sway of a terrible enchantment and find themselves charmed or trapped in the shape of lowly and savage beasts on the Isle of Circe!

Holiday Program launched at Spring Open Day!

We’ve Launched Our Holiday Program!

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic open day last weekend! It’s always a pleasure catching up with the parents and kids we don’t get to see everyday.Open Day means Families at Play

Our open day is…

a time where we show off the work from our previous holiday program. Have some time to talk to the parents and grown-up participants we don’t get a chance to talk with, either in the holidays or during the term. Give families a chance to play with the art materials, dress ups and tools we use. Are visited by ex-students, teachers and curious bystanders and finally, release our exciting new holiday program – this one for Spring.Aeoncademy Open Day

Together, the students have put together a ceramic village, populated with paper people –  treehouses, temples, mosques, granaries, cloud-trees, museums, a soccer pitch and a market place creating a  wonderfully diverse and harmonious land .

Open Day Treehouse!We held our usual exhibition of children’s ceramic work – Avian Animalia, Cauldrons of Fire and Ice, and Earth Architecture sat alongside our after school class’ paintings, sculptures, masks, and towering totem poles. We also had a special shadow-puppet theatre set up for children (and adults) to experiment with.Heart Soup — Cauldron's of Fire and Ice

Our live action demonstration stepped into the world of the Vikings. The famed explorers and navigators who discovered North America in a bid to colonise more land. We explored the difference between various tribal groups in the ‘new land’.

What we do after-school

We’ve been exploring shadow-puppetry, different ceramic techniques for building vessels and making life like organic wall pieces from our own moulds.  For the next five weeks, Creative Catalyst’s after school program will be moving into intaglio printmaking,  building up layers in acrylic paint for Mixed Media Painting, Stencilled ceramics and the power of exaggeration and pattern in Ceramic Masks.Aeoncademy Open Day

In Vala we have seen the fort of Brocolitia under attack by the Britons, the Crew of Odysseus in hot water with the Laestrygonians, Vikings, Mi’kmaqs, and Mohawks, and the rumours of Hashashin in the marketplace of Tripoli.

Roamin' Romans
Roamin’ Romans






The Sparks have participated in both the Vala and Art programs while enjoying their very own world cooking classes, experimenting with making delicious food from all over the globe. They made all the Anzac biscuits for the Open Day too!

It this art or cooking?















We’ve launched the holiday program at this open day, so check out what we’re running this spring and, if you’ve got any questions or you’d like to book, get in touch on 6142 3268.

Aeoncademy Holiday Program

Open Day this Weekend!


This weekend is our Open Day!
Saturday the 22nd August is our Open Day, 10-4pm.

Don’t forget to call in and pick up any ceramic work you made in the last school holidays. Stay for a play, enjoy our mini village installation, participate in some live action, check out the release of our latest Spring holiday program and enjoy a 20% discount for bookings on the day.

vala demo

The big gas kiln is fired up.
Unpacking the Kiln

Ceramic salon in the Snow

Tonight will be the last Ceramic Salon at Yarralumla Primary  until we pop up again in a real life studio!  Brave the freeze and get your creativity moving in this relaxed and inspiring drop-in class.

Ceramic Salon about to hibernate
Ceramic Salon about to hibernate