The study of Art, craft and design allows some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

Students should be able to access the world around them through art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and design at Rye Hills Academy, leads students on a creative journey though self-expression whilst developing a wealth of knowledge in core skills. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes, with painting, print making, mixed media, textiles, digital editing, ceramics and textiles, experienced by students and developed into outcomes throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

We encourage our students to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence and imagination. We pride ourselves on the variety of specialist resources and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skills. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

Students reflect critically on their own work and that of others, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently. Using the formal elements of art and design, students articulate their thoughts and opinions about artwork from a range of artists, designers and practitioners, and the work of their own and peers with subject-specific terminology.

In Key Stage 3, a wide variety of drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture allow pupils to explore and develop ideas and design processes whilst learning about divine proportion, pictorial space, colour theory and composition. A range of materials, techniques and processes are used including painting, print making, mixed media, textiles, digital editing, ceramics and textiles.

In Key Stage 4, students are invited to advance upon processes introduced at Key Stage 3 to develop their confidence and creativity. Specialist disciplines covered at GCSE include photography, ceramics, graphics, fine art and textiles. Specifications delivered at Rye Hills Academy are Fine art, art and design and photography.

“Art makes children powerful” - Bob & Roberta Smith, 2003

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

Curriculum information 





Year 7

  • Formal Elements

(The Formal Elements)

  • Evaluating the work of other times and cultures

(Colour Theory)

  • Recording observations
    (Mark Making: Birds)
  • Experimenting with craft
    (Mark Making: Birds)


  • Evaluating great artists
  • Making and creating
    (Jon Burgerman)


Year 8

  • Drawing skills
  • Experimenting with media
    (Distorted Portraiture)
  • Observational drawing


  • Experimenting with craft
    (Gothic architecture and Gargoyles)


  • Evaluating the work of others
    (Perspective and Hunderwasser)
  • Making and creating

(Hunderwasser and architecture)

Year 9

  • Developing creativity


  • Exploring media and materials
    (Die Brucke)


  • Refining art skills
    (Der Blaue Reiter)


Year 10

  • Refining skills


  • Sustained project


  • Sustained project
    (Plastic Pollution)


Year 11

  • Mock exam
    (Mock exam project – students to select question from the previous years exam)


  • Externally set assignment
    (Art Exam Project)


  • Externally set assignment
    (Art Exam Project)
  • Sustained project review
    (Seashore/ plastic pollution)




I enjoy art because there are no wrong answers.
Year 11 student