Category Archives: Sparks

Sparks

The Sparks Creative Play Program is especially oriented to the needs of our 4-7 year old age group including accepting children from Yarralumla Preschool and Montessori School. It provides an introduction to Aeon’s distinctive approach to education and total human enrichment through creative experience.

Sparks at a theoretical level aims to foster creativity and develop enquiry and inquisitiveness about the world around and beyond us and our current understandings. The premise of Sparks is to create physical, emotional and social spaces that lead to interactions aimed at nurturing the creative spark within all children.

Planned interactions within the domains of the more specialised Aeoncademy programs of Vala, Creative Catalyst and more generally the Kitchen-Garden provide structured experiences which facilitate and support the Sparks to engage in a broad range of creative play – based development.

Vala interactions in Dramatic Make-Believe present the opportunity to engage in storytelling and character play enabling children to develop and broaden their language and social skills as well as their self confidence, control of their body and understandings of how to move through space. It is also a lot of fun and with Vala stories set at different times in history around the globe there’s always some interesting facts to learn.

Interactions in the art room and beyond with the Creative Catalyst program enable students to discover and develop visual languages, explore various materials, tools and techniques and learn to express themselves and their ideas in different ways all the while building on language, social, fine motor, adaptive, and creative skills.

The Kitchen-Garden is a tasty way that we engage all the senses in an exploration of the environment and broader world. Nurturing plants and others through food encourages the children to develop empathy, compassion, responsibility and adaptability.
Further opportunities for children to engage in nurturing their creativity as well as engage in extending their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are enabled by encouraging the children to self-guide their own creative play as well as support them to interact in less structured environments during free-play sessions.

Sparks Dramatic Adventures

A New Year brings a new conceptualization of Spark-Vala Interactions. We hope that new changes we are slowly incorporating will create an even more interactive environment in which Sparks can explore and experience role play, drama for young children, character development, storytelling and creativity through play.

The Water Vole

To help us create a fully interactive environment we have begun the search for resources, particularly fact and story books that are accessible for 4-7 year olds. If you know of any such resources please get in touch with us. We are particularly interested in subjects such as historical and ancient civilisations, mythology and different cultures.


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We also hope that these changes will assist in the transition for Sparks turning 7 into what Vala consists of, especially during our longer holiday programs. Games that incorporate dice play to mediate outcomes is one new addition, and more self-contained dramatic play, including storytelling and little productions are designed to help children explore the context of our historical and legendary stories in a deeper manner. Let the dramatic adventures continue!

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.