Call out for old ceramics!

smashed plate to be up-cycled for mosaic
don’t despair! bring them in and share!

Hello everyone- we are putting a call out for your old ceramics! Do you have a secret stash of chipped plates, broken cups or slightly tarnished patterned tiles. Are you sentimentally hanging on to garishly coloured 70’s saucers or your grandmothers old cracked soup tureen? Bring them into Aeoncademy and we will convert them into beautiful new mosaics and objet d’art in term  4.

reuse of old ceramics
Recycled cups in a succulent mosaic

The Spring Vacation Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Spring Vacation Program! Running from the 26th of September to the 6th of October, our program is sprouting with new creative ideas!

In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re getting stuck in to some sweet upcycling in Spring Junk Sculpture, some beautiful botanical oil painting in Botanical Oils, and some great garden genius in Gnomania, and Garden Printmaking.

Creative Catalyst

In Vala, some springtime opportunities for becoming great characters emerge in The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell, and the grand ministers of King Trisong Detsen must come together to discover The Elixir of Longevity.

The Elixir of Longevity

The Program

Aeoncademy’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check out the Spring Vacation Program after the jump!

WEEK ONE
Creative Catalyst Tuesday
September 26th
Mega Collage
Drawing, Painting, & Collage
Wednesday
September 27th
Botanical Oils
Oil Painting
Thursday
September 28th
Spring Alcoves
Ceramics
Friday
September 29th
Wearable Art
Mixed Materials
Vala Dramatic Adventures Tuesday
September 26th
The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots
The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell
Wednesday
September 27th
Masters of Wind & Wave
Rant and Roar
Thursday
September 28th
Knights of the Round Table
The Broken Sword
Friday
September 29th
Priests of the Ancient Nile
The Book of Going Forth by Day
WEEK TWO
Creative Catalyst Tuesday
October 3rd
Spring Junk Sculpture
Upcycled Mixed Materials
Wednesday
October 4th
Avian Animalia
Ceramics
Thursday
October 5th
Gnomania
Ceramics
Friday
October 6th
Garden Printmaking
Mixed Media & Painting
Vala Dramatic Adventures Tuesday
October 3rd
Time Bandits
Mystery of the Faberge Eggs
Wednesday
October 4th
Young Mutant Chronicles
The Miasma Misadventure
Thursday
October 5th
Padmasambhava Comes to Tibet
The Elixir of Longevity
Friday
October 6th
Freedom of the Bush
Governor of the Ranges

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Spring Menu

Morning teas

Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer. We will offer options such as natural yoghurt, fresh or stewed fruit, whole grain cereals, low sugar baked goods, toasties, eggs, unhomogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

Lunches

 

For spring lunches we will be looking towards all the new season veggies and greens that are just starting to appear at the markets.

Soups and stews will be are starting to give way to pastas and rice, less warming and super filling. Fried rice, spaghetti Bolognaise and Lasagne are all favourites at Aeon.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

After the success of burger day last holidays we will be doing this again instead of, or maybe as well as, sausage sizzle. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs and lots of salad.

Afternoon teas

Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling. Some examples include:

Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;

Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;

Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;

Toasties;

Housemade wedges;

Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.

House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.

The Aeoncademy Open Day – Spring Edition!

August 19th – Put it in your calendar – the amazing Aeoncademy Open Day is happening then!

We’re here to pull our community together – and want to invite you along as well! For newcomers, there’s just no better way to understand what Aeoncademy is all about – and to nurture your Creative Spark!

Open Day Spring 2017

We will be launching our beautiful Spring Holiday Program on the day – with an amazing blend of classes all ready to provide Education through Creativity to children & young people! Not only are we launching the program, but you’ll net our special 20% discount on the holiday program if you book in on the day!

Please call in any time between 10am and 4pm!

Discover the amazing artwork in our exhibition of children’s ceramic work – with a gorgeous array of work from our workshops. Of course, looking at art is only half the fun – and you’re invited to learn how to make things in clay, paint and play with watercolours, and chat to our amazing team of artists and educators!

Open Day

For folk who came along to the Winter Program, you’ll be able to pick up fired ceramic work from the holidays and admire the art work from our after school classes this term.

Open Day

You’ll also be able to join in and learn all about our Dramatic Adventures in a magnificent interactive scene, happening around midday. We’ll also be releasing the 4th issue of Aeondawn Magazine and announcing the winner of the Vala Contributor’s Prize!

Open Day
The Open Day is the best place to catch up with friends and family while enjoying a little hands on activity, whether it’s catalysing your creativity with some casual clay work, watercolour painting or drawing, or stepping into the dramatic shoes of a Knight of the Round Table. We’ll have something for everyone, with our Kitchen Garden, face painting, and more, or just sitting back with a cup of tea, a delicious biscuit (made by our Friday view at Cornucopia!), a beautiful space to spend the time, and delicious food from Scrumpers Garden at lunch time to keep everyone going.

Where do I find the Open Day?

Term 3 Program

Welcome back to term! It’s always lovely to return to the After-school program, and term 3 is no exception!

In Creative Catalyst, we’re excited to have Dieter take the reins of a few classes (find out more here) as we launch into more amazing artistry with Printmaking – Into the Future and Alcoves, a fabulous ceramics project. Later on, we’ll be seeing the magic of Oils mixing with the beauty of botany in Botanical Oil Painting, and exploring the magnificence of charcoals in Big Grey Drawings.

Term 3 ProgramIn Vala’s Dramatic Adventure Program we’re really thrilled to launch into a new way of exploring our stories – with deeper three-week dives into some of our most popular stories – from the Young Mutant Chronicles, the Mountains of Tibet, and even the Bushveldt of South Africa – with a host of new features coming to bear in term 3 for good measure.

Term 3 Program

In Cornucopia, We’re all super excited to launch in with a scrumptious breakfast theme with Cereals and, the following week, Yoghurt Cultures. We’re all really excited to see what our soon-to-be wizards of the Kitchen Garden whip up!

Term 3 Program

In Sparks Creative Play, we’re discovering a new world of fantastic ways to creatively engage as we establish our own Audio centre, as well as exploring flavour and sensation with Cornucopia, and their crowd favourite engagements with Vala and Catalyst continue through term 3 as our Creative Program unrolls!

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Do you know Dieter?

Many of you will be familiar with Dieter Schmid’s friendly face. He has been associated with Aeoncademy on and off since 2002. Born and bred in Canberra, he even did a ceramic class way back in the olden days in Teffany’s home studio…

Arty Dieter with beard displays his art room sign
Dieter displays his artistic sensibilities

Dieter has a committed relationship with the arts holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT and a Graduate Certificate of Digital Arts from the ANU. He  exhibited and collaborated on a series of projects around Melbourne, working predominately with multi-media installations with a particular focus on sound. Dieter has great drawing skills, he has worked on soundscapes for underground movies and is also a bit of a home handyman! Since returning to Canberra in 2014, he has come to be a significant and valuable member of the team — rapidly skilling up in our Vala Dramatic Adventures under the support of Mathew Long,  Andrew Yallop and Sparks Creative Play with Anna Wishart.

Recently he has been in Creative Catalyst, assisting Isabelle Mackay-Sim with the 2D drawing and painting class.

He will be regularly facilitating Tuesday and Wednesday Creative Catalyst art classes as the talented Isabelle Mackay-Sim returns to the ANU to do her Masters in Ceramics (we hope to still see Isabelle running occasional workshops and popping up at Aeoncademy in the future).

This term Monday and Wednesday will see a range of art workshops from printmaking to junk sculpture, watercolours and oil pastels to giant collages.

All our art workshops are programmed and designed by Teffany Thiedeman in association with Monica Castelo.  Both Teffany and Monica have 50 years+ of teaching experience between them and are around during the week to offer support and guidance to the facilitators of Creative Catalyst.

Dieter is committed to working with Aeoncademy to provide quality learning experiences for your children.

Holiday Program Menu Winter 2017

Morning teas
Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer.

We will have options such as:

  • natural yoghurt,
  • fresh or stewed fruit,
  • whole grain cereals,
  • low sugar baked goods,
  • toasties,
  • eggs,
  • un-homogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

Lunches
For winter we will be serving warm comforting foods.
Soups and stews will be high on the menu after the success of our open day soup fest.

This time of year beautiful local pumpkin, potatoes and leeks are abundant. I think they will feature highly. I think I will be tiring to sneak in some kale and Brussel sprouts too.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

Instead of sausage sizzle this holidays we will be doing a build your own burger day. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs.

There have been requests for lasagne again this holidays and I’m happy to oblige. This is one of the all time favourite in our family and is just as good in both meat and vegetable incarnations.

Afternoon teas
Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling.

Some examples include:

  • Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;
  • Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;
  • Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;
  • Toasties;
  • Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.
  • House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.

WEEK 1

Monday July 3rd
MT: freshly baked yoghurt and apple cakes, seasonal fruit and milk to drink;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: chopped fresh veggies, cheese and biscuits.

Tuesday July 4th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Wednesday July 5th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: savoury veggie and cheese muffins, fresh veg and cheese.

Thursday July 6th
MT: natural yoghurt, fruit, and cereals, juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

Friday July 7th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: pumpkin soup with fresh sourdough bread and sour cream;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.

WEEK 2

Monday July 10th
MT: freshly baked wholewheat carrot and honey cake, with yoghurt or cream and orange juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: English muffins, cheese and veggies.

Tuesday July 11th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: minestrone with cheese and fresh sourdough bread;
AT: house made sausage rolls, fresh veggies and choice of sauces.

Wednesday July 12th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.

Thursday July 13th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Friday July 14th
MT: natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey seed cakes;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

Defying Empire

Recently, Anna, Andrew, and Teffany grabbed an opportunity to attend a tour through Defying Empire with curator, Tina Baum. This is the third instalment of the National Indigenous Art Triennial. The tour also included an information session about related resources and curriculum links for NIAT 3 from the Programs and Education team of the National Gallery of Australia.

Defying Empire
detail from Karla Dickens, Assimilated Warriors

This is a diverse exhibition full of provoking ideas examining indigenous identity fifty years after the referendum of 1967 when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were finally recognised as citizens of Australia. Much of the work looks at how contemporary art practices are connected to a traditional past. From native materials like shells and sedge grass, to video projections, paintings and a collection of altered fencing masks, the work ranges across a huge variety of materials and approaches.

It also starts almost immediately as you enter the gallery with Reko Rennie’s painted Rolls-Royce parked in the front foyer. 

Don’t forget the NGA Play- a fun space for kids to move around and discover ways of interacting with art. Because you can touch things , move around freely and lie down on pillows before you enter the main galleries it’s a nice buffer space for families.

Defying Empire
checking out NGA Play

The exhibition is broken into eight themes;

Forever memory- an eternal connection to the land and its flora and fauna.

Recounting and Revival – acknowledging and recognising the past.

Resistance and Refusal – withstanding stereotypes and challenging popular perceptions.

Defying Empire
Yunggulba (Flood Tide) series by Megan Cope

Disrupting Invisibility -revealing Indigenous histories.

Defying Empire
Black Dog by Archie Moore

 

Asserting Presence – affirmation of Aboriginal existence in Australia

Defying Empire
Andrew contemplates the style of Assimilated Warriors 2 by Karla Dickens

Rising Passion – rage at injustice

Defying Empire
Captain James Crook by Jason Wing

Bearing Witness- highlighting cultural, political and social issues

Defying Empire
A dress made of seaweed,  kerliggener-leewunna by Vicki West

Defying Empire – encouraging conversations challenging outdated ideologies

This is a simplification of a deep and complex show , only intended to give an impression of the monumental issues and ideas covered in the work. Really you need to see it yourself there is so much going on and so many excellent artists are represented.

We all found it deeply moving and profoundly interesting and encourage you to go check it out. It’s free and on until early September.

Find out more at the NGA’s website.

A Cure for Freyja

Freyja is a part of the Aeoncademy Family. Her and her family, Lizzie, Bryn and Inge, have come to countless Open Days, and even helped us with our exciting Halloween events in the past.

Freyja has a rare and aggressive cancer, and has needed to travel far from home to undergo some challenging and expensive treatment. She’s only five years old, and while her sisters, Bryn and Inge, and mum, Lizzie, are doing their absolute best, they need our help.

As you all know, we held a raffle this Open Day to raise some funds for Freyja, and we want to say thank you so much to all the families whose hearts went out to support Freyja as a part of our raffle. The number of people who chipped in was incredible, and we raised $250 which will be going to Lizzie to support Freyja and her siblings.

Congratulations Linda, Mr. Gray, and C35 for your wins!

Linda, you’ve won first prize, two spots in our fabulous Holiday Program over the coming year!

Mr. Gray, you’ve won Second Prize: an exclusive Fetish Designs Chicken Teapot

And C35 – You’ve won 3rd Prize – An amazing Boffer Double Headed Viking Axe.

We’ve got the prizes here at Aeoncademy this week, so bring in your raffle stub to collect your prize.

If you want to put a little more in to help them out, you can find all the details and ways to contribute at A Cure for Freyja

 

The Winter Holiday Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Winter Holiday Program! Running from the 3rd  to the 24th of July, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Winter Holiday Program

In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re bringing back some classic sculpture workshops, like Soup Kitchen Ceramics and Get A Head, alongside some brand new explorations in our diorama workshop Cities of Light and painting workshop Lost in the Clouds. In Soup Kitchen Ceramics, students will explore skills like coiling, slab building and moulding as they produce beautifully glazed domestic ware. After they’ve been fired, the ceramic vessels will be souper beautiful and ready to use!

In Vala, our new set of awesome adventures continue with Camelot Rising, and The Great Translator. We’ll also be looking back to some classic stories from Time Bandits – King Solomon’s Mines – to the exciting story of Cavalry & Aliens. Oh and we can’t forget the fabulous Young Mutant Chronicles coming up with a double header of Pandemic Panic and the mysterious Beast in the Underbelly.

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check out the Winter Holiday Program after the jump!

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