The Autumn Holiday Program!

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Autumn Holiday Program for April! Running from the 10th to the 21st of April, and with a special bonus day happening on the 24th, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Autumn Holiday Program 2017Fresh out of the oven, Creative Catalyst is bringing us Fakery Bakery, a ceramic workshop so popular, it just headlined at the NGA’s Sculpture Garden Sunday.

Our Brand New Historical and Legendary program for Vala: Dramatic Adventures has launched! From the Halls of Camelot to the Mountains of Tibet, The Deserts of Egypt to the Wastes of Newfoundland, and even to the Castles of Scotland. We’re all really excited for this new series of adventures!

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check it out below.

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Term 1 Program!

Aeoncademy is really excited to launch into Term 1 in 2017 with a fabulous series of workshops and modules from across our different programs.

Term 1
Rushing in to join our Term 1 program!

In Creative Catalyst, we’re launching into a massive, multi-part series of Animal Panels – set to be displayed at the Canberra Show – to set the theme for this term. Throughout the first half of this term, we’re exploring critters, creatures, animals and beasties in all their fuzzy glory – from Kinetic Beasties to Large Dog Sculptures, we’re champing at the bit to get started!

In Vala we’re exploring the end of a series with such fantastic conclusions as Escape from Maracaibo and Rise of Rome, among some brand new stories such as The World of Oliver Twist‘s Burglers, Conspirators, and Spies. As we in Vala gear up for a big reveal (stay tuned for the Open Day – coming on the 4th of March) we’re really happy to be completing and concluding this season of dramatic adventures.

In Sparks, our Artistic Inspiration continues along the theme of Animals with great workshops like Furry Dog Sketches and  Dogs, Domestic and Wild. For our feline friends we’re also doing Felines in Clay and we’re also exploring Bilbies and Bunnies as the term moves on. In World Cooking we’re exploring delightful dishes from all around the world, and we’re really whetting our appetite with Nasi Lemak from Malaysia, as well as getting our kitchen garden ready throughout the term! Lastly in our Dramatic Make Believes, our stories follow the Season Finales that Vala are exploring to bring the most exciting stories imaginable.

Check out all this and more below as term 1 unfolds!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week One Student Free Day
Service Closed
Intro Sessions
Week Two Creative Catalyst Painting Animal Panels 1 Painting Animal Panels 1 Painting Animal Panels 1 Little Dog Models Make-do Kit
Vala Age of the Buccaneers
Escape from Maracaibo
Age of the Buccaneers
Escape from Maracaibo
Age of the Buccaneers
Escape from Maracaibo
Age of the Buccaneers
Escape from Maracaibo
Sparks Clay – Slithering Animals DMB – Defend the Man-o-War! World Cooking – Yoghurt Parfait, France 2D Art – Furry Dog Sketches
Week Three Creative Catalyst Painting Animal Panels 2 Painting Animal Panels 2 Painting Animal Panels 2 Large Dog Sculptures 1 Garden Tales- Drawing in the Garden
Vala The World of Oliver Twist
Burglers, Conspirators and Spies
The World of Oliver Twist
Burglers, Conspirators and Spies
The World of Oliver Twist
Burglers, Conspirators and Spies
The World of Oliver Twist, Burglers Conspirators and Spies
Sparks DMB – Oom Pa Pa World Cooking – Quesadilla, Mexico Clay – Felines DMB – Oom Pa Pa!
Week Four Creative Catalyst Standing Kinetic Beasties 1 Hanging Kinetic Beasties 1 Drawing in Grey Large Dog Sculptures 2 Creative Play with Clay
Vala Realms of the Renaissance
Rise of Rome
Realms of the Renaissance
Rise of Rome
Realms of the Renaissance
Rise of Rome
Realms of the Renaissance
Rise of Rome
Sparks World Cooking – Nasi Lemak, Malaysia Sculpture – Kinetic Jellyfish DMB – SPARKS BEAR ARMS – Defenders of Rome World Cooking – Hummus and Flatbread, Egypt
Week Five Creative Catalyst Standing Kinetic Beasties 2 (open day) Hanging Kinetic Beasties 2 (open day) drawing in Colour (open day) Open Day Preparations! Baking
Vala The Fall of the Aztecs
Fall of Tenochtitlan
The Fall of the Aztecs
Fall of Tenochtitlan
The Fall of the Aztecs
Fall of Tenochtitlan
The Fall of the Aztecs
Fall of Tenochtitlan
Sparks Standing Figures DMB – Evacuating the Temple Mount World Cooking – Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers, Greece Clay – Dogs: Domestic and Wild
Week Six Creative Catalyst Storm in a tea cup 1 Cool Candelabra 1 Teeny tiny drawings in wheels modelling a Head 1 Forest Fun – Obstacle course
Vala Merrie Folk of The Greenwood
The King in the Greenwood
Merrie Folk of The Greenwood
The King in the Greenwood
Merrie Folk of The Greenwood
The King in the Greenwood
Merrie Folk of The Greenwood
The King in the Greenwood
Sparks DMB – Escape into the Woods World Cooking – Pot Sticker Dumplings, China 2D Art – Teeny tiny drawings in wheels DMB – Hunt for the Outlaws
Week Seven Creative Catalyst Canberra Day
Service Closed
Cool Candlebra 2 Drawing faces modelling a Head 2 Paper mache masks 1
Vala Dawn of a New Horizon
The Warp Experiment
Dawn of a New Horizon
The Warp Experiment
Dawn of a New Horizon
The Warp Experiment
Sparks Clay – Coiled Lanterns DMB – Space Cafe World Cooking Rolex, Uganda
Week Eight Creative Catalyst Storm in a tea cup 2 Forest Collagraph 1 Folklore Eggs 1 Bilbies and Bunnies 1 Paper mache masks 2
Vala Young Mutant Chronicles
Why’s Ones Hit the Streets
Young Mutant Chronicles
Why’s Ones Hit the Streets
Young Mutant Chronicles
Why’s Ones Hit the Streets
Young Mutant Chronicles
Why’s Ones Hit the Streets
Sparks 2D Art – Drawing Game DMB – Psi-Vi Network Broadcasting Live World Cooking – Ravioli, Italy Clay – Bilbies and Bunnies
Week Nine Creative Catalyst Etched Portrait Forest Collagraph 2 Folklore Eggs 2 Bilbies and Bunnies 2 Chocolate Art
Vala First of the Bushrangers
The Battle of Vinegar Hill
First of the Bushrangers
The Battle of Vinegar Hill
First of the Bushrangers
The Battle of Vinegar Hill
First of the Bushrangers
The Battle of Vinegar Hill
Sparks DMB – Captain of the Red Coats World Cooking – Sushi, Japan 2D Art – Fluffy Rabbit Drawings DMB – The Captain of the Red Coats Returns!
Week Ten Creative Catalyst Free Art Play Free Art Play Free Art Play Free Art Play Games!
Vala Legendary China
Nine Tripod Cauldrons
Legendary China
Nine Tripod Cauldrons
Legendary China
Nine Tripod Cauldrons
Legendary China
Nine Tripod Cauldrons
Sparks World Cooking – Flavours of the Garden CLAY Play DMB – Escape the Empress’s Wrath World Cooking – Flavours of the Garden

Our programs are filling up fast!

Since the development of a distinct program for our Sparks children (4-7 year olds) the program has simply continued to grow in size. In fact more children and their families are now involved in the program and Aeoncademy more broadly than ever before. While the number of children involved contributes to the creation of dynamic and diverse interactive spaces to explore and engage in play some of the class sizes have reached capacity. The Sparks program on Monday is now booked out! and Tuesday is following closely on its heels. The Creative Catalyst program on both Monday and Tuesday is also proving popular and is near capacity.

Sparks at play

So what does this mean?

Well we will continue to roll existing bookings over into the next term, but with so many people waiting at the wings to get in, you’ve got to confirm any existing bookings by the end of week 1 each term.

For new families or existing families who would like to change their days we have a waiting list. As people change days, children in Sparks graduate to Creative Catalyst or Vala Programs or Creative Catalyst students change rooms spaces will open up and if you have indicated you are already interested we will be in touch. Otherwise Aeoncademy continues to operate its programs on other days of the week and we’ve still got space then.

If you have any concerns, or want to express interest in our programs don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us by phone on 6142 3268

A Day in Wonderland

Turn your mind a-topsy turvy with a fabulous day in wonderland on the 24th of April as our Autumn Holiday Program extends!

In Creative Catalyst we’re running our fabulous Mad Hatters Tea Party, full of fun and vim and vigour – we’re going to make costume hats and go wild with a peek through the looking glass as we all sit down for a shared meal.

In Vala, we’re going tumbling down the rabbit hole and into a story of Jabberwocks and Tum-Tum birds as the Time Bandits go to Wonderland. Just watch out for Vermin at the Tea Party.

Our Sparks, as always, will get involved in a mega blend of both activities, making their own Mad Hats and getting involved in our dramatic adventure for the day.

A Tasmanian Community Garden

Mathew and I are visiting Tasmania and have been staying just out of Hobart at Dodges Ferry. Over the last couple of years we have watched with great interest a community garden space develop, complete with Pizza Oven and food co- operative. We went for a stroll on an overcast day to check it out again and were very impressed!

welcome to the garden
Welcome to the Okines Community Garden

The Okines Community Garden was established in 2012 and is looking great. We wandered through well looked after lawns and pathways, signed beds with various plants clearly labelled for identifying culinary, medicinal and cultural uses. There is a big wood fired pizza oven which we were informed is fired up regularly for Friday soirees and garden gatherings.

 

Wood fired Pizza oven outside the food co-op

The garden is situated next to Dodges Ferry Primary School and the Okines Community Centre. It is a hub where local school children learn about the environment, gardening and recycling.  There are well set up worm farms and compost bays. One huge compost pile  has been used to heat water running through irrigation pipes for a temporary shower!

We were kindly taken around the garden for an impromptu tour by a regular volunteer.  She proudly showed us the Labyrinth, a grass pathway created to inspire a quiet contemplative space for people to sit (or walk) and ponder. We saw the beginnings of a mushroom garden, a shaded area of woodchips inoculated with  edible mushroom spawn.  Organic adobe forms make up garden walls and benches, there is a seating in a circle made up of large rocks around a firepit. The entire garden is full of beautiful details and hand made objects constructed with care.

A Food Coop is open a couple of times a week allowing members and guests to purchase bulk food and exchange information. The garden sells produce and seedlings on an honour system any time it is needed and is open three days a week with regular working bees and social events. Along with the school children, a group of senior citizens attend supported gardening sessions as part of the Dignity program.  Special raised beds have been created to allow access for people in wheelchairs or walking frames. The garden is an inspiring and lovely place for all people. 

A Day to Remember

Here at Aeoncademy we’ve finished up our first week back with our Intro and planning sessions and put together our program for Term 1 – check it out. While we were going, though, we’ve noticed that as a result of a quirk of Public Holiday timing, there’s an extra day of school holidays on the 24th of April.

Now we know a bunch of families will take the opportunity to slip out of Canberra for a long-er weekend, but we’re also aware that some people don’t have that opportunity.

So here’s the deal:

Aeoncademy will run its fabulous vacation programs on the 24th of April.

IF

We can get 20 bookings for that day by the Open Day.

All bookings made for that day are entirely transferable if the day doesn’t go ahead, and will attract the 20% Open Day Discount starting now. That means that you can call and book now without the downside of missing out on the Open Day.

Call the office today to arrange your booking and secure your spot!

The Open Day is on the Way

The Open Day

Whether you come to play with clay,

or sit in the art room for the day,

Be creative and nurture your own little Spark

Make something magnificent and leave your mark

Or come for adventurous drama

and storytelling with the great troupe of Vala

We’ll have watercolours and painting,

Fired clay for the taking,

and coffee and tea-in-the-making.

(And a 20% discount on our programs vacation).

The Aeoncademy Open Day is running from 10-4 on Saturday the 4th of March out of the Aeoncademy centre, located on Loftus St. Yarralumla. We’ll have arts and crafternooning, dramatic adventures, a display of fired ceramic work from the January program AND a display of work-in-progress from our After School classes. We’ll have the winner of the Vala Writer’s Prize and we’ll have it all with a 20% discount on our holiday programs (if you book in on the day!)

We can’t wait to see you there!

Position Available: Casual Assistant

Aeoncademy is seeking Assistants to join our team.

The Successful Applicants will:

  • Be High-Energy and enjoy working with children.
  • Be ready and able to learn new skills on the fly.
  • Possess a valid Working with Vulnerable People Card and I’mAlert certificate.
  • Be available for Casual work on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the potential for shifts on other days.

Aeoncademy is an organisation that is all about Education and Total Human Enrichment through Creativity, a philosophy that stretches through everything we do. This applies to our team as well.

At Aeoncademy, we provide for our team:

  • A caring, team-oriented workplace
  • On-The-Job training and additional (free!) Professional Development opportunities in Visual Arts, Dramatic Storytelling, and more.
  • Exciting scope to rise through the ranks for dedicated and empowered people
  • Opportunity to engage with our provision of Education through Creativity, and help mould the place you work!

 To Apply:

Send a copy of your CV and your Working with Vulnerable People card to the Aeoncademy email address. Make sure you’ve got a phone number for us to organise an interview and/or trial shift.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Help Lizzie and her girls

In 2012 a small but power packed force entered Aeoncademy in the form of Lizzie and her three daughters, Brynn, Inge and Freyja. We had only just started taking 4 year olds from the Yarralumla Preschool and Montessori after multiple requests from YPS families requiring care for their small children.

Three Sisters

Lizzie came in like a whirlwind and helped to get our Sparks program (ages 4-7) established as the exciting mixture of art, drama and play it is today.  She has run our sausage sizzles, made costumes, stayed for entire Open Days, cleaned gigantic messes in the art room, stuck up posters and spread the word of Aeoncademy over the years. Lizzie has been generous with her time and helped us to problem solve some small business puzzles.

We have watched her little girls grow up over the last 5 years and shared times both at work and outside work. Their family are massive supporters of Roller Derby (go the Surly Griffins!) and love a good Halloween party or a Pantomime.

Freyja shooting straight

We are shattered to share the news that the youngest member of this family, Freyja is now undergoing treatment in Sydney for an aggressive cancer. We wish them all the best and are sharing a page where you can contribute to the family to help them out in this horrible time.

 

School’s In!

It seems only yesterday that school was wrapping up for the year but following a great Summer Holiday Program its back to school in less than a week. So along with all the other things to do before school returns don’t forget to give us a call and let us know if you’d like your child to attend.

Our creative programs run Monday to Friday between 4-5:30 pm after school and there is something for everyone.

For those coming straight from school there is an additional session between 3-4 pm that bridges the gap between

Please Note: On Monday the 30th we will be open for administrative purposes only, due to the Student Free day for Public Schools, which our facilitators will take as an opportunity to begin programming and planning for another great term.

Nurturing the Creative Spark