Sharon Gale’s Blog

Big Mouth visits Wicks
March 29, 2009, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin

Big Mouth’s credit card got a bashing. A trip to Wicks (I know how to live it up!) took place last Friday. It had to be done; buying kitchen units, paints, grout and such like. The Caretaker was a gem, apart from keeping Big Mouth company, the Caretaker manoeuvred the trolley around the aisles like a F1 driver in poll position. An hour later and we reached the finishing line and before you knew it  the Caretaker had arranged the goods to fit in the boot, and we were off  back to the Art Cabin. Sadly a magnum of champagne was not waiting for us at the other end so we made do with a nice cuppa.


The partition wall comes down
March 22, 2009, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin


Another week has passed and more progress has been made. As you can see from the above picture, the partition wall has been removed (to reveal the old loo & sink). In its place will be a big sink with base units (and enough work surface room for a kettle and ipod speakers :·)

It was really surprising to see how much extra room was gained by removing the wall. 

I had a reply from the Herts Art Development Officer, I sent an email a week ago outlining this project and had requested some advice on funding. I will be having a meeting with the Arts Officer and her colleague on 2nd April at the portacabin, it’s so important that some funding is available so that we can offer some varied art projects and sustain them for the long term.

I quite like the idea of calling the portacabin the Art Cabin, I know it’s obvious but it just seems right! What are your thoughts?

This coming week I am hoping that the new sink, taps and toilet will be delivered, they are very kindly being donated by the parents of two girls who attend the school, (they are also very good friends of mine) – so if you read this THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I now have to organise a trip to B&Q to buy base units and a laminate work surface. I am also looking at the cost of art tables & stools.

There’s certainly no peace for the wicked!

March 15, 2009, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin


The portocabin is nearly empty.

The portocabin is nearly empty.

Great progress has been made this week. The Head has moved all the files and Friday was spent moving PTA stuff out from the loo (which is to be demolished and replaced with a ‘kitchen’ area).  The skip will hopefully arrive next week, then I will rip up the carpet and see what lies beneath!

March 8, 2009, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin

Not much has happened this past week. The portacabin has not yet been cleared of files,chairs etc.  The head teacher has been away on a school trip and only he knows what will be kept and what is destined for the recycle bin/skip.

I did get to meet the new school caretaker, I called his name loudly down the school corridor and introduced myself, a hearty hand shake later and I told him that we would be working together on this project (he has building skills which I fully intend to tap into). 

I really want to get things moving now, this art studio project was mentioned in the last school newsletter and parents now know about it.

I have also been researching lights, flooring and furniture. I am going to meet up with the caretaker this week to discuss the alterations needed to make room for a sink and some units.

This is me
March 1, 2009, 6:28 pm
Filed under: This is me

I am an Art Educator and Artist based in Hertfordshire, UK.

I studied fashion design and have worked in both the fashion industry and the graphic design industry. I am interested in all aspects of art, design and craft.
In recent years I have devoted my time to developing and strengthening children’s creative skills, helping to build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and individuality, encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination through the arts.
I also make bespoke evening and bridal bags, lovingly handcrafted using beautiful fabrics, vintage fastenings and fine trimmings.

Me and my big mouth! The Studio Proposal
March 1, 2009, 2:15 pm
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“Oh! I know what will be a good idea” Big Mouth said with great gusto.

The School had recently had a new extension built, a very impressive reception area, light and airy. A newly built staff room had left the old staff portacabin to a fate of 

“No way hosé! Let’s turn it into an art studio” Big Mouth declared. 

So before you could say ‘Jool’s Annual Hootenanny’ Big Mouth had written a proposal for the vacant portocabin to be transformed into an art studio, complete with kichenette and kiln. The proposal was handed in time for the School Governors meeting.

Big Mouth waited……..

After a tense pacing up and down, fingernails bitten a BIG thumbs up to the proposal was announced.

Smiles all round ensued and after a small moment of quiet contemplation Big Mouth suddenly realised the enormity of it’s actions.

In this blog Big Mouth intends to document the setting up of this art studio within the School grounds, the comings and goings, ups and downs and how it will hopefully benefit not only the school children but also the community that surrounds it.