We had some talented graffiti artists visit Patcham High School today to speak to 40 Art students across Year 8 and 9 about the artistic expression, graffiti.
Graffiti is art that is written, painted or drawn on a wall or other surface.
What did they do?
Tom and Jodie are Brighton based graffiti artists who spoke about their experience in graffiti answering questions from our enthusiastic students.
In the morning, students designed and produced their own graffiti canvas and in the afternoon they created a collaborative piece called ‘Art Department’ which was gifted to us following the workshop. This piece will now be the new Art Department sign in the school.
The artists explained how although there are spots where grafitti is allowed, it is most often considered vandalism if the artists don’t have permission. They spoke about the law and what the students thought of as a fair punishment for a graffiti related crime.
Students found out about ‘tagging’, aerosol paints and graffiti culture. The artists explained how their upbringing and places they lived impacted their artistic style. Jodie is well travelled so has taken inspiration from other parts of the world, whereas Tom’s style is more typical of southern England.
Grafitti art has had much recognition in the media thanks to the work of street artist, Banksy, who uses his street art to proclaim his dissatisfaction with certain aspects of society, like war and politics.
Summer Art Exhibition
Thank you to both Jodie and Tom for their workshop. The work from the students, Tom and Jodie will be available at the Summer Art Exhibition which is on the 7th July 2022 at 5pm in the Art rooms.