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Aeon Academy Scholarships are now open

…and we need your help to nominate candidates!

As our transition to a Not-For-Profit social enterprise quietly rumbles on in the background, we’ve been preparing to broaden the scholarship opportunities we offer and help connect Aeon Academy with a wider range of kids than ever before.


We are delighted that at the 15th Birthday Open Day we will be announcing FIVE scholarships:

  • Two (2) for primary-school students from grades 3 – 6, one for Catalyst and one for Vala in Term 1 next year.
  • One (1) for a preschool or Montessori student for our Sparks Early Years program in Term 1 next year.
  • Two (2) for high-school students from Alfred Deakin High School, one for Catalyst and one for Vala, for the upcoming Summer Holiday Program.

But (and this is where you all come in) we need your help figuring out who to give them to!

So if you know any children with a bright creative spark and a passion for visual arts, history & mythology, and playfulness who you think would benefit from our amazing programs, drop us a line at to nominate them.

Yay it’s nearly the Spring Open Day!

Open Day invitation
Aeoncademy Spring Open Day


Amazingly it’s nearly the Spring Open Day.

All are welcome to our fabulous Open Days. Come and try your hand at clay work, painting, boffer weapon action, planting seeds in our kitchen garden or admire the exhibition of kids art work from the first 5 weeks of term and see how they’ve mastered their projects.

Try a delicious biscuit made in the Cornucopia cooking program and have a cup of soup for a gold coin donation.

Meet our dedicated staff and line up for a 20 % discount on any of the specialised programs we offer during the Spring Vacation. From hand coiled Ceramic Birdbaths to the Samurai & Ninja’s Final Stand in Dramatic Adventures.

We will also be introducing our new Creative Play vacation option, a foundation program which incorporates nature play and Play Pod for $107.50 a day.






The Bungendore Show

The Bungendore Show is a famous country show and family day out! It features equestrian shows, dachshund races and a pet parade . It always has a fabulous display of local produce for purchase and generally admiring. We were very happy when our energetic caterer Ruth (of Scrumper’s Garden)  decided to decorate the hall with our Animal Panels from the previous Canberra Show.

Here is a little gallery for your enjoyment.

We love to combine art and good food and believe that they are inseparable elements for a good life.

Design Canberra Festival

Happening now throughout November

According to Craft ACT this is Canberra’s fastest growing festival!

Throughout November 2017, over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its fourth year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.’


There is definitely something here for everybody, whether you love architecture, design ware, gardens or fashion. There are Open Studios to investigate, Open Living rooms in architect designed homes featuring original craft work made in Canberra.

I’m very happy to be part of this festival showing my new work, some old work and how important the garden is to my aesthetic.

Not only am I showing art at Germinate, but my place is part of an artist’s garden tour running on the 25th November.

I invite you all to check it out at my home and studio on the weekend of the 25th/26th November.

The Summer Open Day is on the way!

It’s that time again – the Open Day is coming up on the 5th of November to help keep your Creative Spark burning – and to let you all know about our fantastic programs – including the Christmas Elves and the mammoth January program.


Our Open Days are always a festival of creative play, and this one doubly so.  For the first time we’re running an Open Day side by side with the Yarralumla Primary School Fete on a Sunday, with a host of amazing activities across both our festivities!

All day we’ll help you nurture your own Creative Spark, whether you’re a Preschooler or a Parent, or anything in between! We’ll have clay to play with, watercolours to paint with, a magnificent exhibition of students’ work, and drawing, crafternooning, making, face painting, and more!

Face Painting

At around lunchtime we’ll have a fabulous Vala Dramatic Adventure Demo – and you’re invited to join in! Follow the story of the Knights of the Round Table and how the Sword in the Stone first came to be. With a bit of luck, and some chivalrous behaviour in the Grand Tourney, you might just be able to take home Excalibur!

Dramatic Adventure

We’ll also announce the winner of the Vala Contributor’s Prize and release our fantastic Aeondawn Magazine – both in collectors edition Print and Online!

Christmas Elves last year

Booking in for Christmas Elves and the January program on the day will net you a massive 20% off, and we’ll have a host of Christmassy Gifts for you to pick up for your near and dear ones – with our new and improved supply of Vala Gear, hand-selected Aeon T-shirts, and a beautiful collection of Catalysts for creativity on offer.

So come and join in – and nurture your Creative Spark!

Hidden, an exhibition in a graveyard.

 Garden Party Launch

Saturday 26 August, 3.00pm

HIDDEN2017 Exhibition 

Detail of mouth

We’re very excited! Teffany has been working on a large mosaiced skull made of thousands of ceramic and glass tiles, found objects and little dioramas. It has finally been installed in the Rookwood Cemetery

All welcome at the official opening of HIDDEN and announcement of the $10,000 Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Award winner. There will be music, refreshments and art activities for the kids.

Location: Village Green (Hawthorn)

Art Making Picnic

Sunday 17 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm

little skulls made with beads and glitter
Little memento skulls
 Drop in and create your own little sugar skull momento with HIDDEN artist Teffany Thiedeman.Facilitator: Teffany Thiedeman

Location: TBC

Ages: All welcome (under 7 require supervision)

Additional Info: Workshop is free-flow, come as you please. Activities will take approximately 30-60mins.

Sun Down Get Down

For all you groovy guys and gals, Aeoncademy is making a pop-up appearance at the Ainslie + Gorman House 2017 Program launch, Sun Down Get Down.

Come see us to hand make your very own art badge and bring a little bit more creativity into your life as Aeoncademy runs this fantastic Interactive Art experience directly opposite the Gallery.

Badg-o-rama at the Gormon House Green

They Say:

Sun Down Get Down at the Gormon House Green

Join us for a garden get down featuring Canberra’s finest purveyors of disco, funk and soul; and the launch of Ainslie + Gorman’s 2017 program. At Sun Down Get Down we invite you to have a conversation with a stranger, discover stories from the future, play with mischievous performers, and tear it up on the dance floor.

Learn More

Other Aeoncademy Appearances

Sculpture Garden Sunday 2017

What are you doing next Sunday? Did you know that the National Gallery of Australia is having a fabulous free event for families outside? It’s Sculpture Garden Sunday 2017!

There will be all kinds of art activities to participate in as well as roving performers, coffee and a sausage sizzle.

We are very excited because Aeoncademy will be there running Let them make cake! An art activity using moulds and pastry tools to create cakes, biscuits, tarts and all sorts of delicious treats in CLAY.

Yummmmmmmm clay cake.

Aeoncademy, and Teffany, have been involved in Sculpture Garden Sunday for years and years, from 2007’s Coral Fortress, to 2009’s Singing Sculpture to 2010’s Sprout, to 2011 Eggs by the Dozen, and 2013’s Fakery Bakery.

Teffany has had a long history of collaboration with the National Gallery’s families and children program –  from Sculpture Garden Sundays to sculptural additions for their NGA Play space. Speaking of which…

Did you know we did the golden fountain animals in NGA Play?

The NGA Play space is a space is for the young and young at heart to have a tactile and playful experience of the themed exhibitions held at the NGA. The turtles, lizards and frogs were inspired by the Latona Fountain, a part of which features in the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition.

You can check out more of our Community Arts – like the Animal Panels we’re putting together for the Canberra Show – over here.


Animal Panels for the Petting Zoo

Animalia – The exploration of animals and their habitats. Big, small, furry, scaled, camouflaged, horned,  domesticated, wild, from icy dominions, soaring heights, hidden depths and changing landscapes. Inspiration abounds. Is there an animal that inspires or embodies you?

Both Creative Catalyst (and the Sparks in their incursions into the Art room) will be exploring animals as the inspiration, subject and object of several projects this term. A variety of materials will enable us to express and manipulate animal forms in a several ways.

Our theme is reflected in the painted Animal Panels we are doing over the next two weeks of term to be exhibited at  the Canberra Show.

Animal Panels painted in collaboration with our students in our After-School Creative Catalyst Program will be displayed at the Canberra Show this year in the ActewAGL Farmyard Nursery or the petting zoo.  Featuring animal motifs and teaching fantastic techniques and tips for how colour, shape  and texture create an artwork go and check them out yourself!

Some of our giant paper mache beasts created over the summer program  will be visiting Tuggeranong Art Center.

Tuggeranong Art Centre are also  exploring animals during this year. They say:

Food, friend or foe; guardian, mascot or symbol, animals appear everywhere in our society. Ever present in the human psyche, animals connect us to the wild and anchor us in the domestic. Indulge in your pet passions, scrutinise the treatment of animals and receive some good old pet therapy as we explore the theme of animals across a program of dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts.

Give them a visit and see if you can find any of our beasties.

Fiery yak becomes Chocolate Moose


After we finish the Animal Panels  we’re going to branch out and explore sculptural forms in Little Dog Models in our Ceramic classes. Taking this as our starting point, Creative Catalyst will expand into Large Dog Sculptures for the following fortnight with all sorts of different canine creations coming together.

Following on from our Panels project, our Mixed Materials classes are going to be exploring different sorts of Kinetic Beasties, both in standing and mobile form.

So let your spirit animal roam free, find your totem, and explore the wilderness of Creative Catalyst’s Animalia Theme!

Hearth, a new Exhibition

This Friday Teffany is having an opening night for her exhibition, Hearth.

mosaiced sign of Hearth - Exhibition space & more
Welcome to Hearth

If your children attend Creative catalyst art classes you may have heard something about this event as the art classes have been going on daily inspiration tours to look at the work in progress and check out the changing site. And pat bunnies.

In many ways Aeoncademy was born out of Teffany’s art practice, she has been regularly exhibiting for two decades and believes her art feeds the classes and the classes feed her art!

We think this is a great opportunity to have a look at the latest art work that Teffany has been producing following her trips to Mexico and Spain. You will see a clear influence of the colourful tile work, mosaic and use of outside space.

Teffany is also using her home garden and studio as gallery. By opening up these usually private spaces to the public she is breaking down barriers between art and and the viewer. Don’t fall in the pond!

Hearth invite

Over the weekend you can also check out  Fetish Designs, her vibrant design range of teapots, cups and more- just in time for Christmas.

a pink flamingo candlestick with it's pretties behind it - Check it out at the exhibition
Fetish design candlesticks

The opening night is Friday the 25th November, at 67 Schlich St in Yarralumla. You can park over the road under the Gum trees.

This is a chance for adults to join in the fun! If you wish to support Hearth further consider taking out a  Hearth membership  which will grant you delicious wood fired pizza on the Opening Night, classes at Ceramic Salon and more… See the Program for details, or talk to Andrew.

A special (free) event for children will happen the next Saturday 26th, Clay Play in the Garden with sessions between 11-2pm. Please Contact Aeoncademy to book in.

This is a weather dependent event. Watch the space Hearth for last minute information on what’s happening.