Visual Arts – Creative Catalyst program

Aeon Academy’s Creative Catalyst program is renowned for it’s inspiring & engaging Artist-led workshops. Children & Teens, aged 7 – 16, have the chance to immerse themselves in the wide world of Visual Arts where they can unleash their creativity! They’ll spend a day creating their very own masterpiece, learning new skills and bringing their designs to life.

They’ll learn a range of ways to transform their ideas into reality, and everyone gets the opportunity to create 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”. Our dedicated team of art educators , led by Aeon Academy Founder & Art Director Teffany Thiedeman, all graduated from the Canberra School of Art & Design and bring their specialised skills to each of the different workshops. Children & Teens can choose between a suite of exciting workshops across a range of mediums including Printmaking, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Sculpture & Painting.

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Creative Catalyst – Autumn Holiday Program

Week 1

Monday 6th   Public Holiday

Tuesday 6th

Little Folk Dioramas- mixed materials

Dioramas are miniature worlds in a box. They challenge you to use the boundaries of a container to create a unique and creative world space. In this workshop we are drawing upon the imaginative world of the fairy folk. These secretive entities populate stories from all over the world; from the indigenous Mimis of Arnhem land to the celtic Leprechauns of Ireland. 

Our dioramas will be constructed of natural, gathered materials like sticks, feathers, acorns feathers.                     

We will work with a range of joining and making techniques to create our own Little Folk Diorama.

Build a Fairy World in a Box.                                                                             


Wednesday 7th

Autumn Tiles- ceramics

As we get ready to say goodbye to another Summer, we also prepare to say hello to one of the nicest seasons of all, Autumn. Canberra has a diverse range of deciduous trees, changing colour dramatically and dropping leaves slowly to the ground. We will collect these leaves and then impress them on clay to make lasting and beautiful tiles. All our ceramic tiles will be glazed and then fired in a kiln to make a hardwearing and permanent finish.

Use your tiles to make hanging art works or use them in mosaics

Celebrate the change of the seasons and the beauty of Autumn


Thursday 8th

Bird Animalia- ceramics

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 celebrate everything bird in this ceramic workshop.

All work will be painted with ceramic colourants and fired in a kiln.

Friday 9th

Tree of Life- Drawing & Painting

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.

Week 2

Monday 12th

Mini Beasts – Drawing & Painting

Truth is stranger than Fiction! Take a scientific view of the world using hand held magnifying glasses to explore the smallest details and transform them into our own macro drawings in various shades of pencil. Take a really close look at some of the insects (and other mini beasts) around us- we’ll go hunting to find a selection of dead and living mini-beasts to be our models. Investigate the work of scientific illustrator, Edward Donovan who was drawing insects collected from overseas in the early 1800s. Use a range of drawing tools, from fine pencils to charcoal and metallics to capture these amazing animals on quality paper.


Observe the detail of fascinating mini-beasts

Tuesday 13th 

Whirligigs & Moving Sculpture-  recycled materials

We live our lives surrounded by a sea of plastic, both in our everyday spaces and in our oceans and the wider environment. Recycling has become a vital theme of recent decades, as we learn to reuse and repurpose waste that would otherwise be abandoned. Using recycled materials like bottles and bottle caps, we’ll construct spinning propellers to harness the power of the wind, explore dynamic forms of art and create optical illusions with 3D spirals and other moving shapes like drifting jellyfish. We’ll be looking at artists like Aurora Robson and her sculpture Oleum (pictured).

Oleum by Aurora Robson, recycled plastic

Wednesday 14th

Pixies Tea Party- Ceramics

Imagine a miniature tea set, painted in blue and white, perfect for tiny people to use.  You could set up a party on a small table under a giant tree and invite all the pixies, fairies, and goblins you know. Finally, you’ll have the right tableware to hold a Pixies tea party!! 

Explore the pleasures and skills involved in working clay on a small scale. Here anything is possible – make a magical set of ceramic goblets, tea cups or jugs. Then add all the whimsical elements and flourishes befitting your one-of-a-kind tea set. Finally finish your tiny domestic ware with some surface decoration in colour and line work using ceramic underglazes.


 Whimsical Teapots for a Pixies Afternoon Tea.    

Thursday 15th

Animal Head Planters- ceramic

Using clay, construct an original pot in the shape of an animal head. Design your animal head planter to suit the growing plants…will you have leaves sprouting from a trunk? Long grass sticking out of ears? Perhaps little roots emerging from the nostrils…

Spend the day learning slab techniques to build your pot, use ceramic tools and underglazes to colour and bring your animal head to life. These planters are designed to go up on the wall and will work both inside and outside.

Fun Furry faces with plants growing in them!

Friday 16th

Mandalas- Drawing & Painting

A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols commonly used in the World Religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, just to name a few. Mandalas are also a popular way to spend time in a mindful and meditative art practice. We will be focusing on a range of ways to create calming and attractive patterns using different materials and drawing tools, from sand to watercolour and fine markers. Different substrates will also be used to create our art works. The class will look both at traditional mandalas and contemporary geometric paintings like Amy Cheng’s pictured here.


A multi layered painting by Amy Cheng inspired by ancient mandalas