Sharon Gale’s Blog

Our first piece of press coverage for our first event.
November 7, 2009, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Press

The Welwyn Hatfield Times wrote an article about the Big Draw Event we held for the Grand Opening of the Art Cabin.


Press coverage from the Welwyn Hatfield Times


Monday 2.11.09 – the art club begins
November 7, 2009, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin

sketch of lower jaw bone of sheep

Monday, ….. my feet didn’t touch the ground!

I (Big Mouth) used the morning to prepare (despite using most of the half term to prepare also) ……  believe me, there is never enough preparation one can do when dealing with 16 children age range between 5-11 years.

My lovely assistant Lyn arrived to help out despite not feeling 100%, that’s dedication for you!

The lunchtime art club was a pretty relaxed affair, years 5 & 6 were on the rosta today. They dabbled with sketching sheep and fox skulls (they were clean and bleached of course), they also began creating fantasy castles (dragging 3 colours of paint North, using different widths of card. When the paint dries, roofs and minute details can be added to give the illusion of huge castles. The messy rating is 8/10.

During the afternoon we spent time with small groups from class 3 & 4 making collage. The themes were Tudor portraits and designing costumes for Macbeth.

The after school club was a great success, the children worked on the same projects as the lunchtime crew,  but in more detail. They all seemed to enjoy it. I had to smile at the end, we had a queue for the loo, a queue to wash paint off hands, little ones too small to reach the taps and mucky fingers every which way you turned.

The lesson I learnt this week ….. be more prepared! …… We shall have bowls of water at the ready to wash hands in next week. Messy rating 10/10

The furniture arrives at last!
October 23, 2009, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin

With the arrival of the furniture, the Art Cabin is ready to ‘Rock N Roll’. Big Mouth is amazed at the transformation, and can’t quite believe that back in March, this space was a cold, uninspiring, storage unit .

The art club which begins after half term is full, (and there’s a waiting list).

Big Mouth is busy planning creative workshops, not only for children but for adults too (more on this subject will be posted at a later date).

The Big Day, The Big Draw
October 13, 2009, 12:43 pm
Filed under: Art Cabin

Wasn’t the weather nice on Saturday?  It was just what we ordered!

There was a fantastic turnout and the Art Cabin came alive with the hustle and bustle of people getting their hands dirty (literally). I had a hunch things were going well when I saw a row of boys sitting at the desks, pens in hand, concentrating on their artistic doodles, occasionally checking out each others work and laughing.

Mr Disbrey was in charge of the clay area, visitors really enjoyed making thumbpots and sculptures. The sand pictures were a favourite too, some of the art produced from this medium was amazing. The doodling, fingerprinting caricatures and computer enhanced self portraits created lots of laughs. Putting earphones on and listening to some thought provoking music, which you then had to draw using charcoal, created some wonderful results.

It wouldn’t be an art day without some mess, and this was achieved with zeal in the hand-painting on vinyl corner. Despite the screams of laughter and the bucket load of green sludge coloured paint left over, there were some extraordinary Jackson Pollock style art painting to admire.

When it was time to pack up we still had a full house, but many hands make light work and my heartfelt thanks must go to everyone to stayed behind to clear up and to Brigitta who took some wonderful photos of the artwork produced. Quite frankly the day couldn’t have gone any better.

The Banner goes up
October 1, 2009, 9:46 am
Filed under: Art Cabin

The Dynamic Duo are very busy preparing activities for the art event, which takes place in just over a week. Finishing touches are still being applied to the  Art Cabin, sadly there is no sign of the tables and stools yet, but hey ho! There’s still time.

Big Mouth is awaiting a reply from the local newspaper, it would be good if they ran a feature, here’s hoping.

The good news is that the PTA will be doing refreshments, tea, coffee, Squash and cakes…. yum

The extra good news is that after half term the Art club will begin. Sharon Gale is to become artist in residence and Lyn Hardy art assistant on Monday afternoons. There will be a drawing club during lunchtime, children will be able to pop in to the Art Cabin and draw, research, discuss their ideas and use their imaginations to produce work if they so wish.  During the afternoon Sharon will work on different projects with the year groups. Then after school there will be an art club where students will work on longer term art/craft projects.

This is a very exciting development for the school!

Jumping in at the deep end
September 23, 2009, 9:55 am
Filed under: Art Cabin

The Big Draw which begins in October is nearly upon us. Many galleries, libraries, art studios, councils, clubs, colleges etc. from all over the country have been busy planning for many many months in order to put on an event to entice people who love art and those who don’t to have a go at it.

Big Mouth in her wisdom thought, “ooh!, that would be good to do, lets get involved”. 

When it was mentioned to The Head, he was more than overjoyed to have a Big Draw event take place, “Can we invite the village?”. Arghhhh! enthusiasm , it gets me every time.

So Saturday 1oth Oct is now booked, the Art Cabin will host a Big Draw event. The Dynamic Duo have less than 3 weeks to organise something.

At this point Big Mouth sighs, and makes  a very strong cup of tea!

Brainstorming and fudge brownies
September 11, 2009, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art Cabin

The Dynamic Duo met this week for a brainstorming session, most importantly the tea was brewed and the chocolate fudge brownies arranged on a plate (not for long mind!). It’s the beginning of September and the next few weeks will see the Art Cabin go from an empty shell to a fairly well equipped art space with children wanting to do everything NOW. It’s all very very real! The prospect of having to come up with idea after idea is quite daunting…….. 

Yesterday Big Mouth sorted through the first delivery of  equipment, it will still be some weeks before we take delivery of the tables and stools. Anyhow, the Dynamic Duo will be busying themselves painting a bookcase, revamping the loo and designing an Art Cabin logo.

Some of the projects we have in mind include clock making, clay thumb pots, mosaic, puppet making, Batik, salt dough sculpture, printing and decoupage. It is also our aim to let the children use their imagination and just paint or draw, finding out for themselves what creating stuff means with no pressure attached. Bliss ……