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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

Summer massive month of workshops 2018

This 2018 Summer we have a massive month of holiday workshops for kids aged 7-16! From both Creative Catalyst and Vala Club you will find a selection of old favorites and new experiences. Don’t forget Sparks (ages 4-7) have their own group and get to play in both programs!

 

Week 1 – Jan 8th – 12th
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 8th
Marsupial Animalia
Ceramics
Tuesday
January 9th
 Masks of the World
Mixed Media
Wednesday
January 10th
Underwater Worlds
Diorama
Thursday
January 11th
Gardens of Paradise
Drawing
Friday
January 12th
Action Art! 1
Mixed Materials

Vala
Dramatic Adventures

 Monday
January 8th
Masters of Wind & Wave
Beat the Bitter Wind
 Tuesday
January 9th
Time Bandits
Heist on Space Station Sierra
Wednesday
January 10th
Young Mutant Chronicles
Denium’s Darlings
 Thursday
January 11th
Freedom of the Bush
Van Diemen’s Land Conquered
 Friday
January 12th
Priests of the Ancient Nile
The Return of Amun-Ra
Week 2 – Jan 15th – 19th

Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts

Monday
January 15th
Recycled Percussion Instruments
Mixed Media
Tuesday
January 16th
Street Art
Spray Painting & Stencilling
Wednesday
January 17th
Dinner on a Plate
Ceramics
Thursday
January 18th
Plaster Caster Master
Sculpture
Friday
January 19th
Action Art! 2
Mixed Materials
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 15th
Days of Narnia
The Waste and the Wild
Tuesday
January 16th
Padmasambhava in Tibet
The Great Guardian of Samye
Wednesday
January 17th
Young Mutant Chronicles
Fall from Grace
Thursday
January 18th
Knights of the Round Table
Quest for the Grail
Friday
January 19th
The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots
The Last Battle
Week 3 – Jan 22nd – 26th
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 22nd
Misty Mountains
Oil Painting
Tuesday
January 23rd
Viking Ships
Ceramics
Wednesday
January 24th
Celtic Labyrinth
Drawing
Thursday
January 25th
Action Art! 3
Mixed Materials
Friday
January 26th
Australia Day – Service Closed
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 22nd
Knights Templar
Coexistence in the Holy Land
Tuesday
January 23rd
Norse America
The Fatal Shore
Wednesday
January 24th
Return to the Mountain
The Troll Woods
Thursday
January 25th
Golden Age of Greek Heroes
Cave of the Cyclops
Friday
January 26th
Australia Day – Service Closed
Week 4 – Jan 29th – Feb 2nd
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 29th
Art of the Tile
Ceramics
Tuesday
January 30th
Liquid Landscapes
Watercolour Painting
Wednesday
January 31st
Totemic Figures
Mixed Materials
Thursday
February 1st
Circus Realm
Diorama
Friday
February 2nd
Action Art! 4
Mixed Materials
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 29th
Warring States
Samurai and Ninja
Tuesday
January 30th
Roman Britain
Beyond the Wall
Wednesday
January 31st
Return to the Mountain
Desolation of The Dragon
Thursday
February 1st
People of the Old Stone Age
Summer Heights
Friday
February 2nd
Time Bandits
Plunder of the Aztecs

Thor and the Ice Giants

On the lifesblood of fated men
It’s thirst is slaked
The Powers’ homes paint crimson
With the heat and heart of battle
Black become the beams of sun
In the summers that follow

And the weather all now hearts harrow
Do you still seek to know? And What?
Now when the lifesblood flow,
And in chains Loki stirs deep below
These omens Ragnarok begot

From Völuspá, in the Poetic Edda, c.1270 CE.

Ragnarok, the end of Asgard, the fall of the Aesir and the cataclysmic war of the Ice Giants, was prophesied to Odin One-Eye many years ago. Heimdall, the all-seeing, has seen the coming of a change in the nine realms and, in his infinite wisdom, Thor has taken up Mjolnir to face the impending doom.

Christmas Workshop

Thor shall call up a team of warriors from Asgard, the home of the gods, including the Valkyrie, the Einherjar, even some fellow gods to search for a way to avoid the impending apocalypse! Along the way, Thor and his warriors will traverse the nine realms, and face gigantic and monstrous foes in Jotunheim, search for help from the elfin folk of Alfheim, and armament from the dwarfs in Svartalfheim.

Look behind the comics with an adventure of epic proportions, drawn from as many original texts as can be found! Students will learn all about Norse mythology, and Viking ways of life, touchstones for an enormous number of the stories we tell today.

Time Bandits

What better way to visit significant times and places in history and culture than as a member of the Time Bandits? This band of multifarious midgets once served the Supreme Being, making all the small things like boulders and shrubs until they angered him by making a particularly smelly bush.

Time Bandits

After being harshly scolded they petulantly stole His Map to All-of-Space-and Time and are now travelling through portals therein identified… stealing the greatest treasures ever known at the moments of greatest opportunity! (Just as we have stolen this idea from some of the original Monty Python team, ahem).

Time Bandits – The Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs

Now the Time Bandits  are headed off to Imperial Russia, over 100 years ago to see if they can get their greasy hands on some of the most precious treasures  known to humanity, the richly decorated and incredible ornamented Fabergé Eggs.

treasure Egg

Do you dare to join this eclectic and chaotic band of adventurers? Will your band succeed and achieve impossible wealth and glory…or will it all end up scrambled? Join us for the day and find out the Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs!

The Vala Contributor’s Prize

Aeoncademy’s Vala program centres around collaborative story telling. We have all sorts of modalities to facilitate telling those stories, which all relate to character play, taking on a character in a place and time different from the participant’s own. This means that in Vala each day we work together to develop a story, a narrative, as a group by piecing together a pastiche of different character experiences.

From our earliest days, Vala’s stories have been developed into written records, with players sending in ‘Character Reports’ to the Vala facilitator to help progress the story, and the way we told stories inspired our current facilitators to where we are today. You can read more about our Vala Facilitators here.

After a fabulously successful First Edition and Second Edition, Aeoncademy is really excited to announce the Third Vala Contributor’s Prize.

The Vala Contributor’s Prize

One free day in the upcoming Aeoncademy Holiday Program – worth $190.00, a Vala Tee Shirt, and publication in Æ°nDawn Magazine.

How To Enter

Create a narrative work in which the key element is writing, this can be a short story, novella, comic book or series of panels, or any other predominantly written work.
Theme – My Character’s Story – A story from a character played during the recent-most Holiday Program. This can be what happened during that day’s story, or the backstory behind the character.
Submissions — Submit your work as a PDF or Word document electronically to the Aeoncademy email address
Entries open on: April 10th 2017
Entries close by: 5.00pm on 30th of April 2017.
Unlimited entries per entrant.
Word limit – unlimited!

Conditions of entry

Entries must be your own original work.
Work will not be returned to authors.
Submit your story by the deadline.
The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Winning and selected works may be used by Aeoncademy, whether on the website, or in print, as-submitted or with modification, in any form Aeoncademy deems fit.
Published entries may be subject to editing.
Entry indicates acceptance of these rules.
Winners of the Vala Contributor’s Prize will be announced, and the prizes will be awarded at the Aeoncademy Open Day, following the Live Action Dramatic Adventure Demonstration, on the 27th of May 2017!

Judging

The stories entered in the Vala Contributor’s Prize will be judged by a selection from a panel of judges made up of Vala’s content-developing Facilitators, Mathew Long, Luke Jordan, and Andrew Yallop.

They Came From the Stars

Set sail with great adventurers around the turn of the century as great – and not-so-great – icons go to try and claim new glory. From the southern pole of the world to the bushveldt of South Africa, follow in the footsteps of brilliant scientists, egomaniacal explorers, and shifty soldiers when the Earth is – unexpectedly – invaded.

They Came from the Stars

In the They Came From The Stars set of adventures, Vala Games explores what it was like to be out and about at the end of the 19th century in a story inspired by the thrillers of Verne and Welles, exploring astronomy, chemistry and zoology, alongside courage, the spirit of adventure and tough ethical dilemmas.

The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots

Take a job at the royal court of Mary Queen of Scots and experience the flourishing ‘Scottish Renaissance’ of her reign up close and personal. Work hard to meet her expectations, strive to be noticed and become a royal favourite, protect her person and reputation from the manipulation of foreign powers, and become caught up in the great events and vicious politics of Queen Mary’s eventful reign.

The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots
In the Court of Mary Queen of Scots set of adventure Vala Games explores the life and times of Mary Queen of Scots, the influences and figures directing events in her court, and the influence and access to the powerful that medieval servants often enjoyed, as well as teaching skills of cooperation, decision-making, and observation.

Chapters:

  1. The Favourites of Queen Mary
  2. The Murder of Lord Darnley
  3. Coming Soon
  4. Coming Soon

The Favourites of Queen Mary

Leaping into action as the spring season of royal parties and councils begins, the Court of Mary Queen of Scots find themselves at the heart of the ‘Scottish Renaissance’ as nobles return to Edinburgh and foreign visitors arrive.

The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots

Moving through the palace and catching glimpses of deadly politics, foreign espionage, and even open treason against the crown, the members of her Court will find themselves very busy as they compete to become The Favourites of Queen Mary.


The Murder of Lord Darnley

Shock and suspicion rock the Court of Mary Queen of Scots when an explosion one night after midnight proves a clue in the abrupt murder of her husband, Lord Darnley.

The Favourites of Queen MaryFinding themselves at the mercy of the gathering political storm as nobles exploit the situation to their own goals, the members of the Court must be cunning, be trustworthy, and be very careful indeed if they are to avoid misplaced blame and punishment over The Murder of Lord Darnley.


The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell

Recently widowed and confounded in her sovereignty by rebellious Lords of all persuasions, it seems that the Queen of Scots needs must settle on a new husband or face a challenge to the throne. Few in her court are prepared however for the events that rapidly unfold as the ambitious and brave Sir James Hepburn literally sweeps the Queen of her feet and sets the Kingdom on a course towards disaster or redemption.

The members of Mary’s Court need to decide one and for all where their loyalties lie during the meteoric rise and fall of James Hepburn, Lord Bothwell.


Coming Soon

Padmasambhava comes to Tibet

Counsel and advise King Trisong Detsen of ancient Tibet and vie for dominance and supremacy among your peers as one of the powerful and mystical Ministers of the Tibetan government. Encounter the Indian demigod Padmasambhava, scheme in the shadows to help or hinder him, complete for the Elixir of Longevity, plan the conquest of kingdoms and the capture of their gods, and witness the legendary events by which Buddhism arrived in Tibet.

Padmasambhava comes to Tibet
In the Padmasambhava Comes to Tibet set of adventures Vala Games explores the little-known mythology and legendary figures behind the spread of Tibetan Buddhism, and the historical turning point at which the history and culture of Tibet was changed forever, as well as teaching skills like planning, self-reliance, teamwork, and negotiation.

Chapters:

  1. An Invitation to Padmasambhava
  2. The Great Translator
  3. The Elixir of Longevity
  4. Coming Soon

An Invitation to Padmasambhava

Seeking to raise the profile of Tibetan Buddhism, King Trisong Detsen plans the construction of a mighty temple just outside his capital. But many of the people are quietly opposed, his royal ministers squabble and give opposing advice, and construction is slowed by the hostile workings of untame demons and jealous magicians.

An Invitation to Padmasambhava

Thankfully, one major Buddhist teacher is able to suggest a solution: consult with a famous Indian demi-god and Buddhist master how to solve his problems. And so, desperate, the King sends out An Invitation to Padmasambhava.


The Great Translator

Buddhism is enjoying a revival all throughout Tibet, as the Mystic Master Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen work to enlighten the people. But many still resist, and Padmasambhava suggests to the King that having access to certain magical texts from India would assist him.

The Great Translator

A great competition is announced in order to find the wisest people in Tibet, to be trained in languages and mystical powers so they may go and obtain copies of these rare books. And so the King’s ministers begin their search for the man who will someday be called The Great Translator


The Elixir of Longevity

The King of Tibet, Trisong Detsen, holds a symposium for medical masters from all over the world to help broaden and deepen the country’s famous system of traditional medicine. Privately, however, he has fears about his own mortality and when the visiting doctors cannot find anything wrong he goes to Padmasambhava and learns that he is coming into the last years of his life.

The Elixir of Longevity

But all is not yet lost as the King returns to his ministers with the good news: Padmasambhava has promised to help extend his life by brewing the famous Elixir of Longevity.


The Knights of the Round Table

Take up arms and ride out in search of adventure and a better world for all as founding Knights of Round Table. Chase mystery and mischief as young squires, come face to face with legendary figures like Merlin and Morgan le Fey, prove your mettle in battle and your nobility of spirits, pursue legendary quests and strange monsters, and take your place in the story of King Arthur and Camelot’s golden age.

The Knights of the Round Table

In the Knights of the Round Table set of adventures Vala Games explores a variety of interpretations and variations on the myths of King Arthur and medieval ideas about nobility, wisdom, bravery, honour, and how to build a better world, as well as teaching skills of teamwork, empathy, and good judgement.

Chapters:

  1. The Sword in the Stone
  2. Camelot Rising
  3. The Broken Sword
  4. Coming Soon

The Sword in the Stone

Accompanying their knight-masters to a vital council-of-war in Lodinum, a band of squires witness how the death of High King Uther has devastated Britain and allowed evil to creep into the country.

Knights of the Round Table

Their time in the English capital is filled with lessons in knighthood, sneaking out to explore the town, and getting into mischief in the city streets, but through a strange quirk of timing they also end up with an up-close view of the strange miracle of The Sword in the Stone.


Camelot Rising

Returning from the final hard-fought battles to unify Britain under the rule of High King Arthur, a group of knights get to experience both the merry partying and the learning and civilisation of Arthur’s reign.

Camelot Rising

But the countryside remains untamed, and they soon  find themselves drawn away on a mighty quest that will challenge their strength of arms, their strength of character, and the strength of Arthur’s reign itself as they strive to fulfil the promise of Camelot Rising.


The Broken Sword

Travelling with King Arthur to celebrate the springtime rituals at Glastonbury Tor, the knights of the Round Table find their journey interrupted by a mysterious knight who demands that they defeat him if they wish to cross the river he guards. It takes all their efforts to vanquish the stranger, Sir Lancelot du Lac, and persuade him to join the Round Table and swear his allegiance to Britain.

The Broken Sword

But the battle is only the beginning of their latest adventure, as they quest across the land in search of a magical lake and a replacement for what Arthur lost in the battle: the Broken Sword.


Coming Soon