“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
Pablo Picasso

The Art Department at Patcham High comprises of a small group of  specialist  teachers, as well as benefiting from working very closely with The Visual Arts Developer Emer Gillespie and the Community Art Coordinator Robyn Steer. Via the diverse range of the teachers’ art expertise, the students have access to a wide variety of media, materials and technology to explore different genres of 2D and 3D art and design. Our role is in helping learners to develop physical, intellectual, technical and perspective skills and to enable to support students to become independent learners and explores of the world of art.

To see an exciting selection of artwork from our students and to see what’s going on, please take a look at our Gallery.

Key Stage 3


Students are introduced to different drawing techniques, exploring a range of tools and materials. They develop confidence in mark-making and their observational skills.


Through using different painting techniques students will understand how to mix and blend colour. They will research the paintings of the Fauve Artists and David Hockney’s landscape paintings.


In year 8 students are introduced to the work of the illustrator Shaun Tan. Having made their own sketchbooks they will learn how Shaun Tan develops his imaginative world through observing recognisable objects found around us. During the course of the project students will have the opportunity to develop their ideas using 3D materials, printmaking, painting and photography. They will be encouraged to work in collaborative groups as well as to take greater responsibility for being an independent learner.


During year 9 students will explore the work of a range of portrait artists from Picasso to more contemporary illustrators such as Daisy de Villeneuve. Working in handmade, personalised sketchbook they will be able to select materials that they wish to work with and develop ideas of their research into the artists. They will create a final self portrait both in acrylic paints and as a sculpture.

Key Stage 4

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him”
John F Kennedy


The department is able to offer 2 GCSE courses, Art and Design (AQA) and Graphic Illustration (AQA). Teachers will encourage and work closely with year 9 students to enable them to make the most appropriate option choice to suit their specific skills and interest.


Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies.


Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of graphic media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

GCSE students regularly make very good use of the facilities afterschool when they are very welcome to build upon portfolio work. They are also encouraged to utilise new skills from their media and ICT lessons to explore new avenues for their ideas, as a result the Art department works very closely with the following departments Textiles, Resistant Materials, ICT and Media. The department has strong links with local higher education colleges ( BHASVIC, Varndean College, City College) and ensures that GCSE students are given vocational career advice.

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life”
Oscar Wilde

“ The most beautiful thing we an experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science”
Albert Einstein


The department has three specialist rooms, offering the opportunity to explore and learn about drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, animation and computer-manipulated imagery. The art department has 13 dedicated PCs available for GCSE classes.

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