Macnas At School

Our Programme

Macnas is an award-winning internationally acclaimed spectacle theatre company from Galway.

Master storytellers, Macnas bring the magic of imagination to life through creating and delivering incredible spectacle shows. This program is designed to invite pupils into the world of Macnas and is led by highly skilled visual and performance artists.

There are two making workshops to choose from structured over 20hrs within the school the workshops will be inspired by Macnas' spectacle parade Out Of The Wild Sky

(1) Sculptural Creatures

Design & make a sculptural creature with props and special effects.

Pupils will journey through the process of 'making' a piece of work, which covers brainstorm ideas, learn how to use new materials & document their ideas. Each session will pupils learn how to make creative decisions together and individually as well as how to bring an idea from the page to 3D. At the end of this process pupils will curate and install an exhibition of their work in the school.

(2) Lantern Making

Design and construct a large scale lantern structure.

Pupils will work together and learn how to construct a large lantern sculpture, as well as make their own smaller individual lanterns. They will develop ideas both together as a group and individually throughout the process. The final outcome will be a beautiful lantern light installation designed, built and curated by the pupils.

Through these workshops pupils will learn:

Creative problem solving


Visual Literacy

Skills and strategies that develop and nurture individual artistic expression

Creative confidence and empowerment

Communication and play

Autonomy in a creative process

For full details of the Macnas At School Programme contact:

Victoria Mc Cormack

Education Coordinator


Our Objectives

Explore Imagination through visual storytelling, making, performance and play.

Instil confidence in creative expression.

Promote connection, wellbeing and belonging.

Encourage creative play, collaboration and creative listening.

Develop children’s capacity to learn through creative problem solving.

Celebrate each child’s unique creativity.

Provide an unforgettable experience.

Our Goal

To empower children by engaging their active imagination.

Macnas provide dynamic and accessible tools that encourage children to problem solve, promote creative play and create meaningful connections.

Macnas Artist Facilitator - Tom Meskell

Hello there, welcome to the Macnas Education Programme.

I am very proud to be part of the Macnas At School programme.
Macnas has an exciting and engaging catalogue of work that will act as an inspirational starting point for the work that the children will be creating. We are excited to deliver this programme to schools to celebrate creativity, imagination and magic!

Previous Art and Education Credentials

I have specialised in arts and education in particular in the use of non traditional arts materials, like tissue paper, cardboard, willow, found objects, recycled materials and natural materials.

I have worked for many years with County Councils, The Department of Education and Steiner Schools:

TAP –Teacher and artist partnership program – as a lead artist with schools and as a certified trainer for the summer CPD program.

Creative clusters – as a creative cluster coordinator.

Creative schools – as an artist working with schools.

County Council Arts and Schools Program – as an artist working with schools.

Steiner Schools – developed schools programmes for Steiner /Waldorf schools summer programmes.

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