Visual Arts – Creative Catalyst program

Aeon Academy’s Creative Catalyst program is widely known for our stimulating and unique art sessions. We use top-quality art materials and our teaching revolves around how to use specialised art tools properly and develop essential techniques and skills. Our artist-educators aim to inspire children to express their inherent creativity.

Children are taught a range of ways to transform their ideas into reality, and everyone gets the opportunity to learn at their own pace. The program encourages students to take the time they need to finish an artwork while exploring the process and journey of making.

Creative Catalyst champions Picasso’s famous words: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”.

These holidays, we’ll be presenting the following exciting and inspirational workshops:

Week 1 (Sept 28th – 2nd Oct)

Monday, Sept 28th: Gnomania

The little people have been part of European culture for a long, long time. Gnome, Goblin, Tomte or Leprechaun, they are all related and can bring good luck to the home. Turn away from mass produced plastic garden gnomes and make your own good luck charm! 

Learn a range of hand building skills to construct your very own gnome out of clay. Glaze it in your preferred colour scheme and then it will be fired in the kiln for a permanent finish.

A workshop for everyone, Gnome matter what your skill level…

Tuesday, Sept 29th: Tree of Life            

Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on the planet. 

They are vital to life on earth and providers of shelter, food, oxygen and power. Cultures from all over the world recognise the importance of trees and their powerful symbolism; representing the cycle of life and the interconnectedness of living systems. 

Take a look at some beautiful tree imagery from across the globe and images of some of the mighty and ancient trees still living today.

Be inspired to draw and paint your own Tree of Life. We will experiment with inks, paints and different drawing materials, markers and papers to express ourselves using this wonderful symbol.

Wednesday, Sept 30th: Wearable Art  

Have a go at badge making, shrinky ornaments, fabric painting and more. No need to leave your art at home ever again! 

Art you can wear is both decorative and expressive and can tell us something of the person doing the wearing! From a detailed art badge to a hand crafted ‘shrinky’ brooch this workshop offers many forms through which your art can shine. 

Drawing inspiration from the decorative traditions of jewellery making and fashion design, students will plan their wearable art pieces of choice, learning new skills such as badge making and fabric painting, whilst refining others such as detailed drawing, to create a variety of decorative and wearable art pieces.

Thursday, Oct 1st: Avian Animalia 

Our city is lucky to be home to many different species of birds, from raucous cockatoos, to colourful parrots and tiny, gem like wrens.

Birds can be seen everywhere around us. 

We will also look at birds from around the world and marvel at their diversity and beauty. Birds are used as symbols of freedom, peace and splendour on flags, shields, buildings and clothes. 

Work with your hand building skills and learn ways to make various bird shapes. Use different tools to express the texture of feathers and beaks.

Glaze your creation with the colours you need to bring your sculpture to life.

Celebrate everything bird in this ceramic workshop.

Friday, Oct 2nd: Nest Making        

Hooray Spring is here!

Have a go at weaving using a range of materials from wool to garden sticks and clay. Also select materials from a large container of found objects, wire, plastic and cables.

Weaving is a bit like magic, you transform single threads into a single larger piece of material, convert a stick into a basket, a wire into a cage.

During this workshop we will weave at different scales, from tiny finger knitting to large communal structures. We will also look at bird nests and be  inspired to make our own little nest in clay. These may even grow into gigantic nests…

Week 2 (5th – 9th Oct)

Monday, Oct 5th: Public Holiday

Tuesday, Oct 6th: Animal Planters       

Build your own one-of-a-kind animal planter! 

Learn and develop hand building coiling techniques to build as large or as small a form you need to create the animal vessel of your choice. Investigate form, surface texture and colour, try different shapes. 

Concentrate on one large piece or construct  a smaller series of planters. Brainstorming and design is part of this process.

Glaze and finish your work with a waterproof glassy surface, all the planters will be fired in a kiln so they can grow plants in them for a very long time.

Wednesday, Oct 7th: Seed Pod        

Seed pods are nature’s finest form of architecture;  time capsules, unbreakable containers, cunning hiding places, and preparations against an uncertain future.

 They feature incredible design principles, having been simplified and refined by evolution down to the purest, most efficient forms. 

Drawing inspiration from different seed pods – gumnuts, acorns, pinecones, banksias, and more – you’ll play with natural forms to create original sculptures in clay.

We’ll draw inspiration not only from nature but May Gibbs’ vividly-imagined gumnut babies and banksia creatures, as well as contemporary artists like Heather B Swann. 

These clay pieces may be stained with oxides and fired in the kiln.

Thursday, Oct 8th: Spring Terrariums    

Build a world in a jar!  


A Terrarium is a miniature indoor garden in a glass container. Design, plan and grow your own world under glass using a wide range of materials, both found objects and hand made in class using polymer clay. 

Design a theme for your mini ecosystem; a Lost World of Dinosaurs? The Giant Mushroom Garden? Perhaps a Fairy Grotto?


Choose from a range of easy care succulents to plant out your terrarium and take it home and watch it grow.


Friday, Oct 9th: Botanical Painting

Bring your paper to life with Botanical Painting.

Botanical elements, in their many forms and extraordinary beauty, from both exotic and more familiar landscapes, have been a compelling and constant subject of many famous painters, across continents and centuries. From Australia’s own Margaret Olley to Holland’s Van Gogh, Flora has always held a fascination for painters. Spend a day painting on easels and looking at different plants; from mighty trees to delicate leaves and flowers.

We will spend time sketching and developing our main art work while also investigating different approaches to painting.

If the weather is good expect some Plein Air painting and drawing.