How to choose areas for your Wall Art
You’ve decided to use Wall Art in your school to meet a particular goal or solve a problem. Now, the challenge is how to choose areas for your Wall Art that will help you maximise your available space, stick to budget and achieve your objectives.
Here we will look at some of the common reasons that schools choose Wall Art. And how we guide them through the process of choosing which areas of the school to transform.
Reduce teacher workload
So, you want to improve your visual learning environment but you don’t want to take up valuable teacher time?
Perhaps you’ve recently redecorated and removed your notice boards. Or you’re facing a full-time job keeping your learning environment looking fresh and your display boards up to date? Where your display boards once stood, are you faced with empty space and dull walls?
Wall Art can instantly create a positive and polished visual environment. Best of all, it’s zero maintenance. So it’s the perfect solution to freeing up teacher time.
Where to start:
- Think about large footfall areas, for example; main thoroughfares.
- Which parts of your school will most pupils see, most of the time? These are the areas to start with as the largest part of your community will get the most benefit possible.
- Often, your corridors are the largest footfall areas.
- Take a walk around your school on a typical day and note the movement of the pupils around the corridors. This will help you decide how best to utilise these high thoroughfare areas.
- Also, think about what happens in these areas in relation to learning.
This information will help us guide you to choose areas for your Wall Art that will have maximum impact, without any hard work for your teachers.
New builds and refurbished areas
New builds and newly refurbished schools usually have strict building regulations to follow. This can often mean that traditional display boards are not viable. In fact, you may have endless new corridors and spaces to fill – all high thoroughfare and equally important. So, how do you choose which ones to tackle first? You could think about banners or feature walls.
Where to start:
- Consider how you want your new areas to be used.
- Are you keen to zone subjects so the purpose of the area is clear and helps students find their way around?
- Would you like to create a positive learning environment that gets pupils in the mood for learning?
- Do you want to complement or showcase your curriculum?
- Or would you like to create teaching aids or communicate your values and ethos to students as they move around the school?
Large areas of white walls can seem daunting but we can help you decide the best way to tackle them. You can always expand the scheme over time and not necessarily all in one go.
Breathe life into older buildings
Is yours an old school building, comprised of a hotchpotch of blocks built at different times? If so, older buildings can bring charm, character, tradition and History. But, they often require a lot of maintenance and can even feel like a ‘poor relation’ compared with the new build school down the road.
Wall Art is the perfect solution to help with the maintenance of your older buildings and make your school stand out. You may not have long expanses of white walled corridors to fill, so feature walls could be the way to go. Finding a section that has fewer obstacles (for example windows and doors) and making a feature out if it can make a difficult space look so much better.
Where to start:
- Stairwells are often redundant spaces where you cannot put displays anyway and have lots of height that is not normally used.
- Adding some wow factor to your landing walls that can be seen when travelling both up and down the stairs can make a dramatic impact on a high use but undervalued space.
- Think about other communal areas such as your hall, canteen, gym, library and outdoor areas.
- Often halls, gyms and canteen spaces have areas at height where displays and maintenance are tricky, if not impossible. Wall Art can transform these underused spaces and lift the whole room in an instant.
- Perhaps you wish to designate a calm space or mindfulness area? In this case, you could opt for a nature theme or a simple design of muted colours, uplifting quotes and inspiring images.
Don’t forget that, though your building may be an eclectic mix of spaces, your outdoor areas are just as valuable for learning. So outdoor spaces could be an excellent place to start for a makeover.
Achieve your school objectives
Do you have a new initiative or an under-celebrated part of school life that needs promoting? Or are there any school improvement targets that your walls could help towards fulfilling?
Maybe you need to use a literacy themed mural on the walls of your library to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment? This could support your objective to promote reading. Or, perhaps you wish to designate a calm space or mindfulness area to support pupil well-being objectives? You might even have new values to embed within your school community.
The message you want to achieve and communicate can be the biggest factor in deciding which areas in your school lend themselves best to a Wall Art project.
Where to start:
Because all of our designs are bespoke, we can tailor your artwork to your unique needs and preferences. If you’re unsure of what design, purpose or area you wish to focus on, we can guide you through the decision-making process. To begin, we’ll visit your school and walk around to check out your available space and layout. Then we’ll ask about your school objectives and any particular challenges you’re facing. Once we have all the information, we’ll suggest ways of using Wall Art to achieve your goals and meet any needs.
Our next blog will explore how to choose a design focus or style for your Wall Art. We’ll concentrate on how to solve any problems you have with your space and achieve your school’s objectives through beautiful, bespoke Wall Art.