ABOUT PATN – Primary Art Teachers Network

PATN is a network group for primary school art teachers and subject leaders. The group was founded in September 2018 by Rosalinde Sawyer, with the aim of bringing together individuals involved in the planning and delivery of art in primary schools, this includes both art subject leaders and art specialist teachers. Since forming, PATN is now a network of 40 teachers across mainly Haringey but also other London boroughs.

At PATN we range from the very experienced – with decades of art teaching knowledge to those with less experience who may have suddenly found themselves more involved in teaching art at school. PATN offers peer to peer support and the opportunity to inspire, share ideas, events and best practice through connecting with others. At PATN we are committed to promoting the role and importance of quality art education for children in schools.

The PATN group meet every half term across different schools in Haringey. PATN teachers are invited to host meetings and often run short practical workshops or present elements of good practice happening attheir school. We also invite members to join our very active WhatsApp group where information and news on a range of art topics from art exhibitions to successful art projects is shared by members.

More recently, PATN have partnered with UAL, Central St Martins, who are running a series of art twilight sessions exclusively for PATN teachers. We are also developing a file exchange system where PATN members will be able to exchange and share a range of inspiring art resources from within the PATN community, including information on practical skills, lesson plans etc.

If you are interested in finding out more about PATN or would like to join please contact Rosalinde Sawyer [email protected]

PATN Art Specialist Advisors

If you are a PATN member looking for support in a particular area, you may like to contact one of PATN’s Art Specialist Advisors. These teachers are art specialist teachers/practising artists and share a wealth of experience and specialist art knowledge. Please find more information about their area of expertise under the ask me about section.


MA Artist Teachers and Contemporary Art Practice

Art specialist teacher and subject leader for art. Founding leader of PATN.

I have over 18 years of teaching art across primary and secondary schools and in galleries and museums.

Ask me about:

Creative and inclusive curriculum planning for Art. Developing partnerships with museums and arts organisations. Delivering effective art insets. Art Advocacy (making a case for art in your school). Using art to support wellbeing in schools.



BA Fine Art

I have been teaching art at Coleridge Primary School for the last twenty years. Starting my career as a painter, I expanded my practice to include mural design which lead to a lecturing role at the London Institute of Art in Scenic painting.

My role at Coleridge first focused on after-school art activities for pupil premium children and their parents, leading on from this I was soon invited to become a full time art teacher. Since then I have worked hard to translate my knowledge of art, materials and techniques into a creative and enriching learning experience for all my students.

Ask me about:

Parental involvement/sharing of cultural knowledge. Community school art exhibitions. Producing large-scale collaborative artwork. Strategies to stimulate pupil’s imagination. Large scale painting for performances.



BA, MA in Fine Art

I have worked in education and cultural fields for over 25 years. My approach in education is inspired by the creative educational approach of Reggio Emilia. I work as a resident artist in a wide range of Early Years settings. Working in collaboration with children, their families and staff, I develop creative projects that nurture the children’s curiosity, enabling them to explore their ideas creatively. My projects build relationships with the community and engage children and their families with their surrounding natural and urban environment.

Ask me about:

Developing creative approaches to learning in Early Years. Reggio Emilia approach. Community based networking and engagement through art.



MA Art and Design Education.

I have 9 years’ experience teaching art and design across the primary school curriculum from Reception – Year 6.

Ask me about:

Using an inspired Reggio Emilia Approach in a mainstream state school context.It is a project based collaborative approach to learning where both teachers and children are equal creative protagonists in the process.



B Ed in Education and Art.

I have been teaching for forty years (Nursery to Y6) the last fifteen of which have been as a Specialist Art Teacher. A few years ago, I guided my school through the Artsmark process, and we subsequently achieved Artsmark Gold.

Ask me about:

Inspiration for planning linked to topics. Running a carousel of activities in the art room and using papier-mâché to make large scale sculptures and models.



BA Hons Fine Art/Painting

I am a secondary art trained art teacher with experience of teaching students from primary age to adults. I am also a practising artist and art educator working at St Mary’s and Insight school of art.

Ask me about:

Developing children’s confidence in drawing and painting, organising art events and embedding art within the curriculum.



B Education in Primary Education

I have many years of experience teaching art to children in a range of settings including state and independent schools, after school/holiday classes and healthcare settings in London, Sydney and short stints in Samoa, Rwanda and Taiwan.

Ask me about:

Ask me about: Teaching art in different schooling systems including state, international and independent sector. Developing creative units of work. Using technology to share students work.