Vala’s Spring Program – Week Two

Aeoncademy’s Vala program uses imaginative character play to give children a feel for what the lives and experiences of real people in history might have been like. Instead of long lists of dates and names, Vala gives memorable and dramatic context to the historical events it covers and also explores themes of empathy and imagination through adventures drawing on fantasy and science fiction.

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You’ve all seen the program – now you can take a deeper look into what we’re doing at Vala this Spring – Part Two.

Samurai And Ninja

Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga province finds itself Under Siege.

Elf-Towers of Dawn

Follow a group of questing peregrines on a mighty journey between shining towers of elven make, in a fantastical, mythical, and extraodinary world. Join the Mighty Knights, Dwarves, Elves, the tribes of Cat Myrthen and Mathonowi as they approach the ethereal Dreaming Tower.

 

Norse America

Acquiring the Eirikson map of Vinland and hearing the tales of rich natural resources, a well-respected landholder and his community set off for this ‘New World’ to make a home for themselves in this fertile and abundant land and take advantage of the friendly ties that the last voyage forged with the Micmac who live there. On their arrival, however, they find themselves drawn more deeply into local politics than intended after some of their number fight off a band of territorial raiders and prevent the capture of a group of women including …the Micmac Princess!

Knights Templar

The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves and for God through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitalier and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassin cult and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and begin to earn the title Lords of Outremar!

Fairy Furniture

Prepare yourself for an adorable day of making miniature furnishings.  From a leaf bath for Goblins to a fairy throne of tree branches or a ring of mushroom stools.

Fly Agaric table top mushroom
A Fairy table? Better not disturb it.

YOU are the designer and maker of a unique collection of pieces for your chosen little people. Everything will be modelled in clay and painted with glaze colourants to create exactly the furnishings you wish to arrange in your garden or terrarium at home.

Fairy Furniture
A Dwarfish Treasure Chest

Vala – Spring 2015 – Week One!

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Aeoncademy’s Vala program uses imaginative character play to give children a feel for what the lives and experiences of real people in history might have been like. Instead of long lists of dates and names, Vala gives memorable and dramatic context to the historical events it covers and also explores themes of empathy and imagination through adventures drawing on fantasy and science fiction.

You’ve all seen the program – now you can take a deeper look into what we’re doing at Vala this Spring.

...I wonder if there are wolves about.
Elder of the Tribe of the Cave Bear takes a nap…

 

Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. High summer is upon the Tribe of the Cave Bear and so they pack up their winter camp and trek into the green pastures of the High Country alongside their fellow Tribes, the mysterious Old Ones, and herds of migrating animals. But when a group down at the river by their camp are attacked the Tribe must rise to meet this threat if they are to avoid losing forever their territory up on Summer Heights.

In Space, no-one can hear you giggle.
Launching into the unknown…

Take the prize pick of warriors, strategists, cunning rogues and beefy jocks from all of human history. Throw them two and a half million light years away from home (The Andromeda Galaxy), force them to fight in a sadistic gladiatorial deathmatch (Arena 9000), and you get a group of humans less than content with that situation. Having Macgyvered a solution to their captivity, Humanity has escaped, and are now on the run from dark drones, android assassins, and even a galactic entity of terrifying proportions in an intense space race for Andromedean Amnesty.

Awkward Turtle...
The Legendary Legionary form a ‘Turtle’ wall.

Now accustomed to their duties at Brocolitia and along Hadrian’s Wall, the legionaries are sent into the unfamiliar territory of the North on a diplomatic mission. Assigned as bodyguards to a superior officer they must safeguard him on his journey to the Selgovae, a tribe of allied Britons, to collect the annual tribute. But on their arrival among the Selgovae they discover that a Pictish envoy has already been welcomed and seeks nothing but to stir up trouble for Rome and must protect each other and succeed despite Pictish interference in this Mission to the Britons.

It's all Greek to them...
Odysseus’ crew prepares themselves.

 

After a string of misfortunes brought about by the sea god Poseidon, Odysseus’ once-mighty fleet has been reduced to but a single ship and its crew. Imagine their joy when, stopping at a lush island to resupply, they discover a banquet fit for the gods laid out for them by mysterious hands. Brash Odysseus’ decision to go ashore and enjoy the feast endangers him and his crew once more as they fall under the sway of a terrible enchantment and find themselves charmed or trapped in the shape of lowly and savage beasts on the Isle of Circe!

Holiday Program launched at Spring Open Day!

We’ve Launched Our Holiday Program!

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic open day last weekend! It’s always a pleasure catching up with the parents and kids we don’t get to see everyday.Open Day means Families at Play


Our open day is…

a time where we show off the work from our previous holiday program. Have some time to talk to the parents and grown-up participants we don’t get a chance to talk with, either in the holidays or during the term. Give families a chance to play with the art materials, dress ups and tools we use. Are visited by ex-students, teachers and curious bystanders and finally, release our exciting new holiday program – this one for Spring.Aeoncademy Open Day

Together, the students have put together a ceramic village, populated with paper people –  treehouses, temples, mosques, granaries, cloud-trees, museums, a soccer pitch and a market place creating a  wonderfully diverse and harmonious land .

Open Day Treehouse!We held our usual exhibition of children’s ceramic work – Avian Animalia, Cauldrons of Fire and Ice, and Earth Architecture sat alongside our after school class’ paintings, sculptures, masks, and towering totem poles. We also had a special shadow-puppet theatre set up for children (and adults) to experiment with.Heart Soup — Cauldron's of Fire and Ice

Our live action demonstration stepped into the world of the Vikings. The famed explorers and navigators who discovered North America in a bid to colonise more land. We explored the difference between various tribal groups in the ‘new land’.

What we do after-school

We’ve been exploring shadow-puppetry, different ceramic techniques for building vessels and making life like organic wall pieces from our own moulds.  For the next five weeks, Creative Catalyst’s after school program will be moving into intaglio printmaking,  building up layers in acrylic paint for Mixed Media Painting, Stencilled ceramics and the power of exaggeration and pattern in Ceramic Masks.Aeoncademy Open Day

In Vala we have seen the fort of Brocolitia under attack by the Britons, the Crew of Odysseus in hot water with the Laestrygonians, Vikings, Mi’kmaqs, and Mohawks, and the rumours of Hashashin in the marketplace of Tripoli.

Roamin' Romans
Roamin’ Romans

 

 

 

 

 

The Sparks have participated in both the Vala and Art programs while enjoying their very own world cooking classes, experimenting with making delicious food from all over the globe. They made all the Anzac biscuits for the Open Day too!

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It this art or cooking?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve launched the holiday program at this open day, so check out what we’re running this spring and, if you’ve got any questions or you’d like to book, get in touch on 6142 3268.

Aeoncademy Holiday Program

Open Day this Weekend!

 

This weekend is our Open Day!
Saturday the 22nd August is our Open Day, 10-4pm.

Don’t forget to call in and pick up any ceramic work you made in the last school holidays. Stay for a play, enjoy our mini village installation, participate in some live action, check out the release of our latest Spring holiday program and enjoy a 20% discount for bookings on the day.

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The big gas kiln is fired up.
Unpacking the Kiln

Ceramic salon in the Snow

Tonight will be the last Ceramic Salon at Yarralumla Primary  until we pop up again in a real life studio!  Brave the freeze and get your creativity moving in this relaxed and inspiring drop-in class.

Ceramic Salon about to hibernate
Ceramic Salon about to hibernate

Welcome Back to Term! Aeoncademy News 

Welcome Back! Mega Programs, The return of Ceramic Salon & more!

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We’ve been busy little bees since we hit the ground running after our holiday program. We’ve smashed together a fantastic program for the term, check it out for Creative Catalyst (https://aeoncademy.com.au/the-visual-arts-program-creative-catalyst/) or Vala (https://aeoncademy.com.au/the-term-ahead-vala/) on our website! (Or scroll down to check it out in the newsletter, if you want. We don’t mind)
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In Vala Dramatic Adventures we’re jumping from Britain under Roman occupation, to the arrival of Vikings in North America (It was better than expected, for everyone involved), to to the Knights of the crusades. We’re super keen to see where the story goes with each week, and how our participants get involved in shaping the story.
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This week in drama to start us off we’re getting involved in the life of a legionary in Roman Britain. Life on the frontier is hard work, full of training and discipline, and Carrawburgh’s Fort Brocolitia is just a stone’s throw away from several Pictish encampments – something the Roman Legion must be constantly vigilant of.

Next week, we’re excited to step out of the cold wet of Northumberland and into the sunny Mediterranean with the Crew of Odysseus, following the tales of that legendary hero and his crew through all the mishaps that come of a two week journey turning into a decade long epic.

The story goes on into fantastical forays of the Elf Towers of Dawn, and back to the true stories of the Viking Voyages in Norse America. Before long, we’ll leap through the Prehistoric Paleolithic, the ever formal Feudal Japan, the calamitous Crusades, and then leap thousands of years into the future for Arena 9000’s return.

As we go forward, we’re welcoming new graduates from Sparks, prepped and ready from their drama interfaces last term, are all set for the challenges ahead – and some old faces returning to the dramatic adventures of Vala.
Ceramic Salon is back in business! Swing by on Wednesday nights to join us for some ceramical genius (byo), and mulled wine (provided)

Mondays will explore shadow puppetry and move into the wonder world of printmaking, starting with the mono print.

Klimt Rolled Vase (Tuesdays)
Inspired by Klimt’s beautiful patterns we’ll decorate a vase (made by rolling a slab of clay and joining it to a base) with our own hand made clay stamps. These patterns will then be painted with underglaze colours and a clear glaze before firing. Once the pieces are fired we will paint the vase with gold paint (Klimt loved his gold paint) and wipe back to enhance the stampings.

Acrylic Paints (Wednesdays)
Julie Dowling is an indigenous artist from Western Australia, she is well known for her political paintings that often use a diverse range of materials like ochre and sequins. We will be looking at her vivid and narrative work and making our own stories.

Project 2: Nature Plaque
Inspired by Nature and Rachel Dein (Tuesdays ) Rachel Dein is a contemporary UK artist whose work captures the ethereal qualities of plants Using the amazing ability of clay to create detailed impressions we will collect plants and objects to create an intricate relief image in a slab of clay using a plaster old technique.

Ceramic Grafitti on Thursdays
This term we will be looking at ceramics in public places. Bold and colourful or restrained and naturalistic, we will be trying many approaches!

Finally Fridays continue to be a fabulous mix of all the arts with a focus on a village installation to be unveiled at the open day and the construction of totem poles out of recycled materials.
Our own Isabelle Mackay-Sim has an exhibition! Check it out at Watson Arts Centre until the 30th of August!

 

The Term Ahead! Vala’s Drama program in Term 3

We’ve been busy little bees for the first week, planning ahead for the term to come.

The Schedule!
The Schedule!

In Vala Dramatic Adventures we’re jumping from Britain under Roman occupation, to the arrival of Vikings in North America (It was better than expected, for everyone involved), to to the Knights of the crusades. We’re super keen to see where the story goes with each week, and how our participants get involved in shaping the story.


Roamin' Romans

This week in drama to start us off we’re getting involved in the life of a legionary in Roman Britain. Life on the frontier is hard work, full of training and discipline, and Carrawburgh’s Fort Brocolitia is just a stone’s throw away from several Pictish encampments – something the Roman Legion must be constantly vigilant of.

PoseidonNext week, we’re excited to step out of the cold wet of Northumberland and into the sunny Mediterranean with the Crew of Odysseus, following the tales of that legendary hero and his crew through all the mishaps that come of a two week journey turning into a decade long epic.

Fantasy Skyline

The story goes on into fantastical forays of the Elf Towers of Dawn, and back to the true stories of the Viking Voyages in Norse America. Before long, we’ll leap through the Prehistoric Paleolithic, the ever formal Feudal Japan, the calamitous Crusades, and then leap thousands of years into the future for Arena 9000’s return.

As we go forward, we’re welcoming new graduates from Sparks, prepped and ready from their drama interfaces last term,  are all set for the challenges ahead – and some old faces returning to the dramatic adventures of Vala.

The Visual Arts Program- Creative Catalyst

After School classes for Term 3 at Aeoncademy have begun. We have an exciting term planned ahead as the snapshot provided below of Term 3’s program indicates.

our winter program
A season’s worth of action

Mondays will explore shadow puppetry and move into the wonder world of printmaking, starting with the mono print.

zombie cat and the haunted castle
zombie cat and the haunted castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klimt Rolled Vase (Tuesdays)
Inspired by Klimt’s beautiful patterns we’ll decorate a vase (made by rolling a slab of clay and joining it to a base) with our own hand made clay stamps. These patterns will then be painted with underglaze colours and a clear glaze before firing. Once the pieces are fired we will paint the vase with gold paint (Klimt loved his gold paint) and wipe back to enhance the stampings.

Klimt's famous painting
Klimt’s famous painting 1909

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Paints (Wednesdays)

Julie Dowling is an indigenous artist from Western Australia, she is well known for her political paintings that often use a diverse range of materials like ochre and sequins.  We will be looking at her vivid and narrative work and making our own stories.

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Project 2: Nature Plaque, inspired by Nature and Rachel Dein (Tuesdays )

Rachel Dein is a contemporary UK artist whose work captures the ethereal qualities of plants Using the amazing ability of clay to create detailed impressions we will collect plants and objects to create an intricate relief image in a slab of clay using a plaster old technique.

 

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Ceramic Grafitti on Thursdays

This term we will be looking at ceramics in public places.  Bold and colourful or restrained and naturalistic, we will be trying many approaches!

Giant tiled ghosts by the French artist Space Invader
Giant tiled ghosts by the French artist Space Invader
ceramic graffitti
ceramic graffiti by Nespoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally Fridays continue to be a fabulous mix of all the arts with a focus on a village installation to be unveiled at the open day and the construction of totem poles out of recycled materials.

Don’t forget to Drop Into Ceramic Salon

After our two week hiatus you must be ready to crack your knuckles and get back into clay, also were you aware that Canberra has just hosted a massive 3 days of the Australian Ceramics Triennale?

kneading and wedging clay into perfect shape
the meditative art of wedging and kneading

Why not come and discuss the philosophical and political place of contemporary ceramics with Isabelle over a glass of mulled wine. Or you can just play with the clay and make your own sculpture; this is a casual class with all materials and guidance provided for a mere $30 per drop in.

Winter Wonderland

Birds of a feather… Roamin’ Romans… This is Aeoncademy’s coolest holiday program yet!

We’ve had a wonderful Winter Program so far.  From Avian Animalia to Painting Faces, to Cauldrons of Flame and Frost – Fire and Ice. From the icy Hadrian’s Wall to the Laistrygonian kitchens, to the foreboding Mount Raven, we’ve been having a wonderful time in Creative Catalyst and Vala!

The Sparks haven’t been missing out either, joining in on all the art and drama, as well as building their very own Tipi, telling stories, performing plays, and so much more!

Wish you were here? Still a child? (Sorry Grown-Ups). We’d love to have you along. Get mum or dad to give us a call (on 6142 3268) to lock in your spot today!

Mum, Dad, want to be the coolest grown-up ever? Don’t delay, call today to book into the holiday program!

Work Experience by Mim

I started coming to Aeoncademy when I was seven years old, filling my holidays with creative art projects to take home to the family.

The program ignited the creative spark in me and has fuelled my passion for art which I have pursued throughout school.

When I turned fifteen I spent my holidays volunteering in Creative Catalyst, using it as chance to learn and further my art skills while getting to work with children in a fun environment.

Now almost finished year twelve I work as a casual employee during the vacation programs.These holidays however I have  come to Aeoncademy to undertake work experience and am sampling the different working aspects of the business from office work to catering.


Day 1

Avian Animalia

Avian Animalia
Avian Animalia

The kids in Creative Catalyst channelled their inner bird as they sculpted fowls and songbirds from clay. It can be challenging teaching ceramics to fledglings but very rewarding when you see their beautiful creations at the end of the day.

Rubbish Station
Recycling Station

One of my jobs of the day was to set up a recycling  station. Making sure the signs were clear what rubbish goes in which bin. I had to find examples of different types of rubbish to stick above the bins to make it easier to establish what type of waste something is.

The rest of the day was split between Creative Catalyst and helping Ochre (our chef) out in the kitchen which consisted of making popcorn for fifty children plus staff , which is a lot of popcorn!

All in all what a great day!

 

Tepee time
Tepee time

 

Last Ceramic Salon for the term!

A lovely, original  terracotta  herb planter
A reminder of summer, a little herb planter.

Rug up and emerge from your cocoon for an evening of creative regeneration! Under the firm but kindly tutelage of Isabelle Mackay-Sim, enfant terrible and supremely talented ceramic artist, set free your dormant inspiration and make life more beautiful.

Also delicious mulled wine is included to keep your fingers warm and nimble.

Independent Projects

Every holiday period we have older and advanced students participating in our program by developing independent projects. They come along  for the sheer joy of working on a big project intensively, over an extended length of time and with access to  the very well equipped  art studio  and the technical skills of the  Facilitators. Of course many children come during the term too but older students and teenagers often have a lot on their plate, a couple of days over the holidays can be just the right amount of time to relight a creative flame. We have helped with massive mosaics, original latex masks and costumes, stop motion productions and incredible dioramas. There probably isn’t a creative project we would baulk at. Try us!

A large ceramic totem pole made collaboratively with two brothers
An totem pole stands guard
A shimmering and scaly, horned dragon head sits in the lap of the artist
The Dragon Maker
A plastic seat becomes a throne.
A work in progress, be amazed as an ordinary garden seat is transformed into a magnificent throne.

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.

 

Ever wanted to be a knight?

Journey into the heyday of coexistence and cultural contact in the sacred city of Jerusalem and discover the truth about this famous order of holy knights. Share their struggle to establish a place of respect and influence among the Crusader States of Outremer established after the First Crusade while also being forced to deal with a series of tragedies and triumphs that ended in the destruction of European authority in the Holy Land.

Knight's Templar
Huzzah!

In the Crusades: Knights Templar set of adventures Vala explores the exchange of scientific and cultural ideas between Europe and Islam that occurred between the various stages of the Crusades and the complex political situation in the Holy Land, as well as teaching skills of logical thinking, strategy, and decision-making.

Knights Templar!
Clash of swords, the ring of steel.

 

Also, y’know. It’s fun Call today on 6142 3268 to learn more!

Penultimate Ceramic Salon

painted plaster hand
wait! don’t miss the final lessons of the term

 

Tomorrow will be the penultimate Ceramic Salon for this term! Drop in to one of our adult clay classes for some mid-week art-making and a cup of mulled wine. 7-9pm in the art room at Yarralumla Primary, no ceramic experience  required.
a large ceramic dragon is nearly completed
A ceramic dragon in progress.