Northaw C of E Primary School


The Art Cabin

What is the ‘Art Cabin’ ?

The Art Cabin was set up by Sharon Gale in 2009 to provide after-school and lunch time art clubs and art education to primary school children and the local community. Originally the art studio was based in a Portakabin at the back of the school where Apples & Pears are now situated. The studio was relocated permanently to the centre of the school in 2013. 

The Art Cabin delivers after school art classes and has hosted half term workshops open to the community. The Art Cabin aims to provide a safe environment for children to explore, experiment and get involved in art, working on unusual projects where outcomes are learnt together. Building self-confidence, not being afraid of making mistakes and having fun is at the heart of the Art Cabin.

Art Club runs Tuesday & Wednesday after-school 3.05pm-4pm in the art studio, if your child wishes to join then please contact the school.  

There is a Wednesday lunchtime art club too and children from years 1-6 have the opportunity to join in activities on a class rotation basis.                        

Past Art Cabin projects can be viewed here.

Art Cabin is featured on AccessArt

Sharon was approached by AccessArt to be part of their ‘40 Artist Educators Project’, sharing artistic ideas and practices with others interested in art education. The Art Cabin presented two workshops, the first of which is published on AccessArt’s website. 

"We had a wonderful afternoon working on the projects and were lucky enough to have professional photographer Loren McCarthy take the photos for us" said Sharon.

You can view the workshop by clicking here.

AccessArt is a learning resource that facilitates high quality visual arts workshops and events to a wide audience.

"If you are a teacher or educator you’ll find our collection of resources will help you plan art lessons and provide ideas, inspiration and guidance. If you’re an artist working in education, a facilitator or a museum and gallery education officer, you’ll find the resources will help inspire and develop your practice. And if you are a creative practitioner, we’re sure the ideas will help inspire your own practice". Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli, AccessArt Board of Trustees. 

We display the children’s artwork next to our studio in the KS2 area of the school. We are always getting very positive and complementary comments about the wonderful pieces of art the children do. 

Please come in and see what we display as we are very proud of the children’s work!