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.

Winter Wonderland

Birds of a feather… Roamin’ Romans… This is Aeoncademy’s coolest holiday program yet!

We’ve had a wonderful Winter Program so far.  From Avian Animalia to Painting Faces, to Cauldrons of Flame and Frost – Fire and Ice. From the icy Hadrian’s Wall to the Laistrygonian kitchens, to the foreboding Mount Raven, we’ve been having a wonderful time in Creative Catalyst and Vala!

The Sparks haven’t been missing out either, joining in on all the art and drama, as well as building their very own Tipi, telling stories, performing plays, and so much more!

Wish you were here? Still a child? (Sorry Grown-Ups). We’d love to have you along. Get mum or dad to give us a call (on 6142 3268) to lock in your spot today!

Mum, Dad, want to be the coolest grown-up ever? Don’t delay, call today to book into the holiday program!

Work Experience by Mim

I started coming to Aeoncademy when I was seven years old, filling my holidays with creative art projects to take home to the family.

The program ignited the creative spark in me and has fuelled my passion for art which I have pursued throughout school.

When I turned fifteen I spent my holidays volunteering in Creative Catalyst, using it as chance to learn and further my art skills while getting to work with children in a fun environment.

Now almost finished year twelve I work as a casual employee during the vacation programs.These holidays however I have  come to Aeoncademy to undertake work experience and am sampling the different working aspects of the business from office work to catering.

Day 1

Avian Animalia

Avian Animalia
Avian Animalia

The kids in Creative Catalyst channelled their inner bird as they sculpted fowls and songbirds from clay. It can be challenging teaching ceramics to fledglings but very rewarding when you see their beautiful creations at the end of the day.

Rubbish Station
Recycling Station

One of my jobs of the day was to set up a recycling  station. Making sure the signs were clear what rubbish goes in which bin. I had to find examples of different types of rubbish to stick above the bins to make it easier to establish what type of waste something is.

The rest of the day was split between Creative Catalyst and helping Ochre (our chef) out in the kitchen which consisted of making popcorn for fifty children plus staff , which is a lot of popcorn!

All in all what a great day!


Tepee time
Tepee time


Last Ceramic Salon for the term!

A lovely, original  terracotta  herb planter
A reminder of summer, a little herb planter.

Rug up and emerge from your cocoon for an evening of creative regeneration! Under the firm but kindly tutelage of Isabelle Mackay-Sim, enfant terrible and supremely talented ceramic artist, set free your dormant inspiration and make life more beautiful.

Also delicious mulled wine is included to keep your fingers warm and nimble.

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.

Snarks Speaking… or Sparks Sneaking

The Sparks get involved in both our Creative Catalyst visual art  and our Vala Dramatic Adventure programs during the holidays, in an experience tailored to the 4-6 year old age bracket.

During the after school classes, we break this down into a weekly rotation – the Sparks get involved in the Dramatic Make Believe one week, and change around to join in the Clay Play or 2D art another, or to join in our World Cooking program.

We shuffle these days into a pattern that makes sure that even if your Spark comes along for just one day a week, they’ll still have a chance to try out everything we’ve got to offer.

Sparks! in Knight's Templar
The Sparks getting sneaky in their Knights Templar Drama Interface for the week.


Ever wanted to be a knight?

Journey into the heyday of coexistence and cultural contact in the sacred city of Jerusalem and discover the truth about this famous order of holy knights. Share their struggle to establish a place of respect and influence among the Crusader States of Outremer established after the First Crusade while also being forced to deal with a series of tragedies and triumphs that ended in the destruction of European authority in the Holy Land.

Knight's Templar

In the Crusades: Knights Templar set of adventures Vala explores the exchange of scientific and cultural ideas between Europe and Islam that occurred between the various stages of the Crusades and the complex political situation in the Holy Land, as well as teaching skills of logical thinking, strategy, and decision-making.

Knights Templar!
Clash of swords, the ring of steel.


Also, y’know. It’s fun Call today on 6142 3268 to learn more!

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.

How to keep warm in Winter

This winter our program is designed to keep you warm by lighting a creative flame inside! From historic reenactments to building a mini world, stay tuned for our in depth updates of each stand alone workshop…

This Winter keep warm making, doing, being, exploring, experimenting,
This Winter keep warm making, doing, being, exploring, experimenting,

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.

Monday we are closed!

Monday the 27th of April we are closed for the Anzac Day carry over holiday. After school classes commence on Tuesday 28th, remember all bookings from last term carry on into this term so please let us know asap any changes to your schedule.  New enrolments welcome. See you soon!


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

Painting away the rainy day

Next week is predicted to be dreary and grey. What could be nicer then spending the day making art in a lovely, light space? Here we see the Sparks setting up easels to play with colour mixing and painting. They also love to come up with names for all the amazing mixtures they discover. From Lemon Yellow to Wild Dog Brown!

The younger children paint colourful pictures on inpromtu easels in the nicely lit art room
painting in the art room

Autumn Vacation Program 2018

Our vacation program runs all day (8.30-5.30) from 16th until the 27th April in the art wing of Yarralumla Primary School. We provide a healthy morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and all materials needed for the day.

Our Sparks program is for ages 4-6 and combines elements from both drama and the visual arts plus plenty of time for creative play.

Our Creative Catalyst program  is for students from 7 years to 16 and opens the door to the wide world of visual arts.

Our Vala program provides live action, dramatic adventures for ages 7 years and up exploring the realms of history, myth and legend and more…

All programs are  50% child care rebate approved.

See the  Autumn 2018 program here.

Please enrol your child through Hubworks  and then ring the office to book your program.



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:


Myth & Legend,


(Speculative) Science Fiction,

Literature, and more.