Category Archives: Sparks

Sparks Adventures

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.

Spark at Work .

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.

Wild Wolves of Sparks

Winter Open Day is Coming!

all welcome to the Winter Open Day
Winter Open day 2018

Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…

see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday

The Winter Program


Garden Bee creates a buzzzzzz

Moving the earth
The earth movers
How to Garden Bee
Garden Bee

On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.

Unstoppable worker
A boy and his Wheelbarrow
homemade and delicious
Soup Glorious Soup
all about gardening
A Keen Gardener
they love to cook
Focaccia Makers


Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.

And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂


The Introductory Sessions, term 1, 2018

Tough art girl
Strength in Art!

Next week is the first week of after school classes here at Aeoncademy and we always start the term with a week of Introductory Sessions. Instead of our usual division into classes of Sparks, Vala and Creative catalyst  at 4pm, everyone will be joining in with group activities representing all the classes!

crazy Time bandits battle for the Map of time and Space
Time Bandits negotiate for The Map

Here is our line up for term 1 of 2018. Art classes are in the top row, followed by Vala’s drama classes and then the Sparks cyclical forays into both programs + World Cooking.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week One Intro Sessions
Student free day Intro sessions

All students start – Vala Games + Bird project.


Intro sessions

Vala Games + Bird project –

Seed Planting


Vala Games + Bird project –

Free time clay

Vala Games
Week Two Cardboard City Pt1 Autumnal Prints  1 Under the Microscope 1 Pixies Tea Party 1 Giant Bubbles
Carboard City MINI PLAYER CHARACTER World Cooking Pixie Cup
Week Three Cardboard City 2 Autumnal Prints 2 Under the Microscope 2 Pixies Tea Party  2 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Days of Narnia- ‘Friends in the Forest’ WC Magnified Drawings DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE- People of the Old Stone Age- ‘Raiders at the Ford’
Week Four Cardboard City 3 Autumnal Prints  3 Under the Microscope 3 Pixies Tea Party  3 Vala Games
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
World Cooking Leaf love DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Dawn saga Fantasy- ‘Wolves, Trolls and Talking Trees’ World Cooking
Week Five DIY Robot 1 Ceramic Animal Planters 1 Steam Punk Drawings 1 Cool Candelabra  1 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
DIY Robot DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Golden Age of Greek Heroes- ‘Hands of the Giant’ World Cooking Candle Holder
Week Six DIY Robot 2 Ceramic Animal Planters 2 Steam Punk Drawings 2 Cool Candelabra 2 Huge Cardboard City
DMB World Cooking Steam Punk Drawings DMB
Week Seven DIY Robot 3 Ceramic Animal Planters 3 Steam Punk Drawings 3 Cool Candelabra  3 Vala Games
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knight’s Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
World Cooking Animal Planters DMB World Cooking
Week Eight Easter Bunnies Capers Easter Egg Drawings Layered Worlds 1 Autumnal Stencilled Platters 1 EASTER FRIDAY
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Eggstravagant Drawings DMB World Cooking Leaf Plate
Week Nine EASTER HOLIDAY EASTER HOLIDAY Layered Worlds 2 Autumnal Stencilled Platters2 Group Autumn Mandala
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
DMB World Cooking Watercolour World DMB
Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice
World Cooking Free time clay! DMB World Cooking
Sparks- our youngest members
We are Sparks!

Dont forget- bookings do NOT roll over from 2017. Make sure your enrolment details in Hubhello are up to date AND contact our office 62423268 to ensure you are booked in!

Two weeks then back to school!

painting with acrylics and oils
Misty Mountains Oil Painting

It is only two weeks then we’re all going back to school! Its hard to believe we’ve already had 10 days of amazing workshops across Vala, Creative Catalyst and Sparks. It’s a short week due to the Australia day long weekend but we intend to pack a lot into the next four days.  Today is a full art class with Misty Mountain Oil Paintings, followed by the ceramic workshop Viking Ships, (a day of drawing with all types of media) Celtic Labyrinths on Thursday and finishing with Action Art 3 on Thursday.

Vala Club sees the week starting with Knights Templar, Coexistence in The Holy Land taking us back to the early middle ages, a time of great upheaval in the old world. Tuesday we travel with the Vikings to the fatal shore of North America . Wednesday sees the return of Return to The Mountain- the Dwarf trilogy  (and the return of Andrew!)  as we adventure into the fantasy world of the Dawn Saga. Finally Thursday finishes with the Golden age of Heros and Heroines as we enter The Cave of the Cyclops…

If you want to book in for any of the remaining workshops here they are

make your own temple Vala style
The Great Temple of Samye in Tibet
make your own medalions
Numismatics displayed

As always our youngest children, the Sparks have the best of both worlds in sampling both the art adventures  of Creative Catalyst and live action storytelling of Vala. While having plenty of time for creative play, dress ups, reading and more. The program is a great way for young children to get ready for school as we help reinforce ideas of group participation, working with a schedule of activities and eating together in a class situation.

home made pizzas by Ruth
Home made pizza of all varieties

Our dedicated caterer Ruth continues to provide delicious and healthy meal choices for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Including fare to help cope with the very hot weather, from watermelon slushies, to fruit juice icy poles and plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and home made dips.

Public Art at Yarralumla

MiniSparks Flourish with AudioPod

miniSparks continues to flourish with the introduction of AudioPod.

miniSparks was introduced last term in response to the growing number of Sparks. Creating a separate yet complementary group for our youngest members has meant that these children are able to continue exploring their creativity in visual, dramatic and culinary pursuits but they do so alongside a dedicated carer and amongst a smaller group. Storytelling, creative play, and enquiry continue as the foundations for the miniSparks explorative sessions. Our observations over the last term have indicated positive engagement across the board for our younger participants. As a result we are very excited to continue expanding miniSparks in relation to further growth across the week as it occurs.

This term we have introduced the Audio Pod which has proved a harmonious addition to Aeoncademy overall and the miniSparks in particular. The Audio Pod, a bridge to the realm of characters, stories and adventures, presents fantastic opportunities for developing and engaging  in both creative and dramatic play in addition to being available to those participants who would like to simply chill out after a full day at school.

If you have a suggestion for our AudioPod let us know. We are looking to expand upon our collection of stories and the adventures to be had!

oh the adventures to be had! the stories to tell!


In response to a growing demand for our specialised creative programs Aeoncademy is opening up a new ‘MiniSparks‘ class to help better nurture the creative spark in our youngest students.
Aeoncademy is dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities in a friendly environment. On our biggest days for our after school sessions; Monday and Tuesday, our fledgling ‘MiniSparks‘ will have greater opportunity to explore their creativity with a dedicated carer by their side who will lead this smaller class through a flexible student driven program spanning the visual, dramatic and culinary arts.
As children in the MiniSparks develop skills and experience they will move into the Sparks group. As usual Sparks at age 7 will be given the opportunity to graduate from the Sparks program altogether and take the next step on their Aeoncademy journey. Creative Catalyst, Vala and Cornucopia all eagerly await graduating Sparks!
We are excited to launch this class and observe the subsequent changes to the Sparks program which we believe will be highly positive and lead to greater engagement for our youngest Aeoncademy members.
As always if you’d like to chat, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Summer Lovin’ Sparks!

Our Sparks (4-7yo) have been having plenty of fun as they get into the swing of things here at Aeoncademy these Summer Holidays.

They’ve been painting, splattering, constructing, spraying, building, glooping, paper macheing drawing, plotting, sneaking, hiding, dressing up, mixing, stenciling, cutting, scratching, designing, tracing and developing a whole range of artworks, characters and spaces. Of course, that represents just a fraction of the things they’ve done while in the Creative Catalyst, Sparks and Vala spaces.

Time spent outside has involved watering the new plants, skipping, hooping, constructing sand cities, developing potions, playing catch, wet water play, chilling in the shade and a number of different games.

As the sun rises higher there’s always time to chill out with a cold treat and listen to a story or two before returning to the thick of things for the second half of the day. It’s been fab as we chill out with all our cool Summer Programs

The first half of the Summer holidays have been a lot of fun despite the heat and there’s still new and different things to have a go at over the next few weeks before school returns. Encounters with dragons, pirates, and time bandits all loom on the horizon as do opportunities to construct a poisoned chalice or two, nurture a secretive garden into being, sculpt letters and words from clay and get active while developing artworks.

You can check out more that’s been going on this week over in our Summer Program

Sparks World Cooking

Rice Paper Rolls


Noodles, julienned vegetables and fresh herbs will keep sparks busy slicing, dicing and snipping before rolling rice paper rolls to dunk into some accompanying soy or sweet chilli sauce. A convenient picnic food we may just have to enjoy these outside if it’s warm.


Frozen Berry Fruit Bowls


Eating is a visual sensation just as much as a taste one. Today we will combine, fruit, seeds and other tasty toppings to make a bowl to delight both eyes and tastebuds. Chewy, slimy, crunchy, soft, and slippery textures will be explored through the use of a variety of tasty offerings.



A tactile sensation! Squidge, smear, and squeeze a slimy snot between your fingers. Enjoy the sensation of wet, slippery slime on the eve of halloween. Sparks will don their lab coats today to create oozing gooey slime. Lets just hope our budding scientists don’t go a little mad with the fun of it all and let things get out of hand or allow the slime to have a mind of its own…


Braided Heart Bread


Dough is a very forgiving medium and quite tasty too. Today Sparks will mould dough into their very own frankensteinian creation; beating hearts, rattling skeletons, sugar skulls or decaying bouquets. Using a bread dough will enable the Sparks to use techniques that are not always possible with clay. Twist, fold and braid away.

Sesame Kaak


Leading up to the Open Day, Sparks will be creating these little sesame biscuits to share at the Open Day. Hospitality is a very important and enduring tradition in many cultures and often includes the offering of food as a component.


Hearth Pizza


Today we will create our own pizza favourites before transporting them across to the pizza oven at Hearth, an upcoming local art exhibition. While the pizzas cook in the woodfired oven the Sparks can meander through the exhibit and perhaps forage in the garden for some last minute additions.


Plantain and Cheese Turnovers


A traditional snack from Honduras this will be a tasty way to try plantain, for something a little different. Along with cheese gooey and oozy from being heated up these are likely to go down well.




As summer heats up this creamy treat offers some relief from the heat. Eaten by the Mughal emperors in the 16th century Sparks will be able to sample this delicious treat with the aid of some modern refrigeration.


Custard & fruit Danish, and Croissants with puff pastry


The Danish pastry has a complicated history of shared recipes across borders in Europe. This will be a chance for Sparks to watch custard being made from scratch, cracking eggs and stirring in milk and sugar. A sweet delectable treat.


Meringue, cream and fruit

Australian & NZ

Cooking is a process that sometimes involves using scraps, offcuts or leftovers. Today we will reconstruct egg whites leftover from the previous week to create a delectable treat in the form of meringue, cream and fruit. This recipe is going to require a little arm power however as sparks get beating and mixing.


Steamed Samoan Spice Cake


Christmas is just around the corner and the spices we will be using in this cake invokes memories of fruit cake and pudding shared around a laden table with friends and family. Using spices provides a great opportunity to show Sparks the original form in which spices come and link them to a growing thing.




At many a multicultural festival I have been refreshed with a drink of otai. The Sparks will enjoy mushing, squeezing and smashing watermelon together with coconut, lime and pineapple to recreate this drink on a warm afternoon in the sun.