Opportunities for children (ages 3 to 13) to access and engage with a broad range of arts activities, processes and art forms including visual art, performance, music, dance and drama. We support children to explore alternative ways of communication with others and encourage ideas that are personal and inventive. Emphasising the creative process, valuing artistic expression, encouraging spontaneity and risk-taking and celebrating difference.
We also run many events, including Artist in Residence workshops, Cruinniú na nÓg, host childrens theatre, puppet and dance performances. Look out on our Facebook page, events page and our home page for upcoming opportunities for children to participate.
Wednesdays 26 February to 1 April, 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
For children 6 to 9 years
Thursdays 27 February to 2 April, 3.30pm to 5.00pm
For children 9 to 12 years
Fee: €60 for 6 sessions. Booking and deposit essential to secure a place.
Art Club is a series of adventurous and experimental workshops for children with a sense of wonder and an interest in exploring visual art. Children are encouraged to experiment, discover self expression, build their skill base and use their imaginations. The workshops are facilitated by professional practicing artists including Marie Cullen, Tomasz Madajczak and visiting guest artists.
Listen to the Art Club podcast below, created by Gavin Buckley, who interviewed the children and artists who take part in art club.
RUSTY FROG JUNIORS (DRAMA CLUB)
with facilitator Maxine Acton, assisted by Grainne O'Brien
Tuesdays 14 January to 31 March 2020 (ecl. 18 Feb & 17 March), 4.15pm - 5.30pm,
Fee: €50 for the term. Booking and deposit essential to secure a place.
For children aged 7 to 12 (1st to 6th class). No previous experience is required.
These lively drama workshops focus on improvisation, promoting creative thinking, enhancing self-esteem and building confidence. Drama Club is a great way to meet new friends.
Facilitator Maxine Acton is a graduate of UCC’s Drama and Theatre Studies degree programme and currently undertaking a research masters in adapting contemporary writing for Irish theatre. She has worked with UCC Youth Theatre and with Youth Theatre Ireland. She is also an actress and singer and has performed in many venues from the CAT Club to The National Concert Hall.
See this short video created by Alison Glennie, drama club facilitator (1999 to 2019), which shows just some of the activities enjoyed by Rusty Frog Junior participants.
MAPPING THE DIVIDE
Mapping the Divide is a creative exploration into the effects of technology on our body, mind and environment. This art and dance project is for children aged 9 to 12 years with choreographer and West Cork Dance Artist in Residence Mairéad Vaughan and multimedia visual artist Tomasz Madajczak.
In summer 2019, the project took place in two primary schools and at Uillinn where it ran for 9 days and culminated in a pop-up performance and site specific installation as part of Skibbereen Arts Festival.
Both artists will begin work with the Children of Bere Island National School in April. See here for more information on the project. The project is delivered in partnership with Cork County Council
ALAN FOLEY ACADEMY OF DANCE (AFAD) promotes dance as a vibrant and enjoyable art form through classes, workshops and performances in ballet, jazz and modern dance for 3 to 18 year olds. AFAD is part of Cork City Ballet (CCB) which embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland's finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform to audiences all over Ireland. The Company has worked in partnership with WCAC for over 15 years, developing programmes for children which offer continuous academic development and engagement with professional dancers. Annual performances, featuring professional dancers in The Everyman in Cork are an integral part of the programme. Currently facilitated at WCAC by dance teacher Ciara Fitzgerald, who brings visual imagery and familiar music to engage the children and explore ways of learning the discipline of Ballet and Modern dance. See the link below for futher details.
Images above: Top Image: Drama Club inhabiting the mask, photograph by Kevin O'Farrell Photographer. Images below: Art Club photograph by Tomasz Madajczak. Alan Foley Academy of Dance, photograph by Emma Jervis Photographer.