Creativity Through Connection for Autism Spectrum

We at Act The Maggot have no hesitation in recommending Carol Walsh and spreading the word ab20171201_111237-2out her much needed creative support skills for families learning to cope with autism spectrum. She works one on one with children. You are not alone. They are really talented intuitive people like Carol who can help unlock the key to self expression and confidence. To read more and get in contact with Carol take a look at her website, Creativity Through Connection. Here is the information you may need if you would like your child to work with Carol.

ONE TO ONE SESSIONS

6 week one to one drama and art course for children in their own home.

These one to one sessions are designed to encourage creative expression; build confidence; facilitate positive interaction and connection; develop creative and practical skills; help children discover more about themselves & the world around them and bring a sense of joy, fun and well being. They offer a space for the child to be acknowledged and celebrated for who they are.

The sessions are suitable for children with autism and other special needs. They are also for any child, without additional needs, who might benefit from one to one attention perhaps to boost confidence or simply as a preference or alternative to group activities. They are aimed at children from 6 -10 years old approx.

Combining drama and art techniques and approaches, the sessions are designed to be playful, fun and interactive.

Topics covered include:

  • Improvisation and play.
  • Movement.
  • Multi-sensory exploration.
  • Basic visual art activities e.g. simple puppet & prop making, drawing and craft activities.
  • Fun character development.
  • Storytelling.

Sessions are specially tailored to each child’s ability and take into consideration their particular interests and predisposition. They aim to offer a supportive, structured and calm environment for every child to express their unique creativity.

Practical Info:

Duration: Each session is 45 mins long. I am currently offering 6 initial sessions once weekly*.

How does it work: Sessions take place in your home. You don’t need lots of room just an uninterrupted space to work e.g. sitting room rug/ dining room or kitchen table/ small table is fine. All materials will be provided.

Cost: Special offer for 6 week course commencing Jan/Feb 2018. €35 per session. Total cost = €210 for six weeks.

Where: South Dublin and some outskirts.

Contact: Carol Walsh

Email: carolwalshcreativity@gmail.com

Phone: 086 3553026

Draw your way into the New Year!

Would you like to begin your new year in a fun, creative way? Have you ever wanted to get into drawing? Maybe you used to draw a lot and now everything is all done on computers and you feel removed? Want to get back to basics with pencil and paper? Do you want to develop a relaxing hobby? Do you need to develop storyboarding skills? Join our artist teacher and learn the rudiments of drawing in a chilled out group on Tuesday nights in Dublin city centre. This group will focus on line drawing, perspective, shading, still life and in true act the maggot vein will also have lots of fun drawing from the imagination. Click here if you want to read about our next beginners drawing course.
Five Good Reasons to take a drawing class.
1. Making art may reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Creating visual art improves connections in the brain.
3. Art making can help us get over sadness.
4. Mindless sketching can help focus.
5. Turning our problems into narratives can help us work through them.

If you want to read the full article on this subject click here

Act The Maggot to begin a new chapter!

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xmasAct The Maggot is thrilled to be starting a new chapter in our ever developing story! That’s right, we have found a brand new home at Chapterhouse on Middle Abbey Street, right in the heart of Dublin city centre. We look forward to opening the doors of No. 73 for our signature beginner courses in Acting, Creative Writing and Drawing all kicking off the last week of January 2018. We also plan to offer some new courses and one off workshops throughout the year. We will launch a 12-week course called The Artist’s Way and a 6-week course in Public Speaking. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and feel free to contact is at anytime with your queries. Until then, have a great festive season and a very happy new year.chapterhouse

‘Tis the season! What’s new with those maggots?

xmasCHRIMPROV: It’s all go here at Act The Maggot. The Christmas Party this year has been dubbed the ChrIMPROV!! We will host a free Improv session on Dec 7th followed by a few seasonal drinks. This is open to maggots from over the years. Come back! Say hi! Whip out your wackiest character and come have the craic with your old classmates – or meet some new maggots. There is no doubt you have all got something in common! Maggotology? Maggotiness? Maggotanaeity? Maggotificence? Whatever. Join us.
OTHER NEWS: Our current beginners’ acting class is in full swing. I hear this week they were massaging their vocal chords and rolling all over the floor in their Temple bar studio.  The things you do of Thursday, wha! SHOWCASE: Elsewhere in city centre, our Level 3 maggots are up to ninety putting the finishing touches to their scenes.  They have all been working really hard. Fourteen actors will star in seven different scenes in the Act The Maggot showcase on November 30th. Break a leg guys! That is sure to be a highly entertaining evening. And no doubt a few drinks will be had after to celebrate. CASTING INFO: There is an interesting Q&A session happening over in Smithfield on Monday night, Nov 27th with top dog casting director, Priscilla John. It’s free, so if you want to know more about the business from her point of view, get thee to eventbrite and sign up for it here. NEW COURSES: Booking has already begun on our 2018 courses, so get cracking  if you want to try your hand at beginners acting, creative writing or drawing. New Year, New You? Go for it guys. You won’t regret it. We are delivering another of our regular introduction to Mindfulness workshops in Rathmines this weekend and Act The Maggot is thrilled to announce it’s new venture with Elavon Financial Services – bringing Mindfulness to the corporate sector to their offices in Cherrywood, Dublin and Arklow. That’s all for now folks! Looking forward to a calm December!!!

Drawing is so much fun!

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All sorts of wonderful drawing came out of our recent Beginner’s Drawing class in Rathmines. It’s so much fun learning to make art using just pencils, charcoal and the odd coloured pencil or marker! Such a relaxing way to spend a … Continue reading

See latest testimonials for Beginner Acting classes

BEGINNERS

“From start to finish, this course was absolutely fantastic. It totally pushed me outside of my comfort zone and had me doing things I never envisaged myself doing. It really opened my mind to new experiences, the course content and the course leader were fab. Would recommend to anyone!”

“It was fantastic, really well spread out and the increase in difficulty each week was great as it really took me out of my comfort zone.”

“I was very satisfied with the level 1 acting course. It had what I was hoping for – taking me outside of my comfort zone, meeting fun people and having the craic.”

“Really fun, energetic and challenging. Very encouraging and supportive environment. I would highly recommend it.”

“Enjoyed the experience, meeting lovely people in a playful environment.”

“I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to challenge themselves in a fun safe environment.”

Participant feedback from Sept 2017 course. Thanks guys!

If you’d like to know more about the next class starting at the end of January 2018 take a look at this page which will give you all the details. Contact us if you have any questions. actthemaggot@gmail.com

Well done to Level 2 Maggots!

What a fun night we had with the beginner actors who are beginners no more!  After successfully finishing Level 1 – a six week course for absolute beginners, they completed five weeks of Level 2 and took to the stage last night. For most of them, it was their first time ever in front of a live audience. They were all very chuffed and rightly so. Celebratory drinks went down well after. What a buzz. Well done all.

Five reasons to take an art class

screen-shot-2017-05-31-at-09-45-241. Making art may reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Creating visual art improves connections in the brain.
3. Art making can help us get over sadness.
4. Mindless sketching can help focus.
5. Turning our problems into narratives can help us work through them.
Read the full article here
Read more about our next beginners drawing class

Sold Out!

tootootBoth Sept 14 Level 1 beginners acting class and Sept 7 Level 2 acting class are now completely full. The next Level 1 beginners acting class will run from Nov 2 to Dec 7. Contact us at actthemaggot@gmail.com to book your spot. Our Level 3 acting class will kick off Oct 19 and will finish on Nov 30. There will be another Level 2 class in March 2018. Booking is now open also for Tuesday night classes: Beginners Creative Writing (Sept 26), Beginners Drawing (Sept 26) and Beginners Screenwriting (Oct 3). Get looking and get booking maggots. Places fill fast.

See latest testimonials for Beginners’ Creative Writing

quote4-w“I went into with a good attitude and I wasn’t let down. My teacher was brilliant. He had an amazing passion for writing that he shared with all of his students. He shared good resources with us all and gave us a beginners insight into the writing world. Something that other courses don’t offer. I couldn’t recommend the course enough and I’m looking forward to doing another course with Act the Maggot.”

“Act the Maggot was an excellent experience and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest is developing their writing skills or adapting their knowledge to serve an alternate purpose. With a diverse group of those looking to achieve different goals and pursue various methods of writing, we each have greatly gained from the course.”

“It was excellent and our teacher was amazing.”

“This was a great experience. It stretched my abilities and gave me confidence to carry on scribbling. Thanks to the teacher for his encouragement and easy manner. Keep up the good work.”

Read about the next Creative Writing course. If you have any queries please email us at actthemaggot@gmail.com