How to create your Wall Art brief
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world”.
Remember when Robin Williams’ character, John Keating, uttered this inspiring phrase in the 1998 film, ‘Dead Poets Society‘? As a teacher, you’ll already know that words are a powerful tool that can inspire, enlighten and engage young minds.
We always encourage schools to invest time in crafting a detailed Wall Art brief before we start working on designs. It’s helpful to build a strong idea of what you want, and where. Content that will complement the imagery our designers create is vital to getting designs spot on. A combination of beautiful pictures and carefully chosen words on your walls might not change the world. But it’ll certainly transform your learning environment!
However, if you have never tackled a project like this, how do you know where to start?
You can start by contacting us! We provide a fully consultative and bespoke service to design, print and install Wall Art that will exceed your expectations.
Location, location, location
One of the biggest factors in perfecting your Wall Art brief is deciding where it will be displayed. Relevance is key, so consider the location of your Wall Art when deciding on the type of content you want to feature.
You don’t need loads of content to bring your walls to life. A few key facts, statements or phrases are often enough to make a strong impact. The content should complement the visuals, not override them.
If you’re not yet sure where you want your Wall Art to be installed, this is something we can help with. We’ll offer a free Covid-safe site visit to your school to get started. This visit is no obligation – you won’t be tied into anything or forced to agree to Wall Art during or after our visit! But, the site visit is vital because it allows us to get a feel for your school and chat about your objectives.
Once we have that information, we can make suggestions on where and how to use Wall Art for best effect. This is an important step of our design process because we have over 20 years’ experience, so we may have some ideas or suggestions you haven’t yet thought about!
What’s the goal?
Wall Art for schools does a lot more than merely make your walls look pretty. In fact, we’ve worked with hundreds of schools to help them achieve specific objectives through our bespoke Wall Art.
You may not know exactly what kind of Wall Art content and imagery you want – that’s fine! It’s our job to guide you through the process of articulating your objectives, understanding the options and then deciding on a Wall Art design. We’ll support you in building your Wall Art brief so it articulates your wants and needs.
The first step is to consider your school improvement goals.
Your objective might be one or more of the following:
- Improve pupil wellbeing
- Reduce teacher workload
- Increase attainment levels
- Share or celebrate your curriculum
- Promote or raise the profile of a particular subject, topic or initiative
- Boost motivation and morale
- Promote character and school values
- Help pupils find their way around and get into the right mindset for learning in different zones of school
…or, it might be something totally unique and different. Whatever your goal, we’re confident that Wall Art can help you achieve it.
What is your style?
So, you’ve decided on your location and objective for your Wall Art? Now we will work with you to determine the best way to create a design that fulfills your aims and suits your style.
For example, some schools are keen for us to create Wall Art with a strong literacy theme. We may align the design to their chosen setbooks for a particular year, or focus on some of the popular classics that all children will enjoy reading. But other schools simply want to use books for whimsical inspiration.
World maps, history timelines and Science themes are all popular. But your Wall Art content should be unique to your school. It’s helpful to take inspiration from other schools, and we can then tailor the idea to your school’s branding, colours, tone of voice and particular style. Many schools opt to include their school values or logo, but this is a personal choice. When it comes to choosing your Wall Art content, the sky’s the limit in terms of what we can achieve on your walls!
Who wants to be involved?
Some of the schools we work with take a community approach to their Wall Art. This means they’ll consult their staff and pupils to feed in ideas about their Wall Art. It’s a really great way to engage everyone in your school so they feel a sense of ownership over their learning environment.
If you’re keen on a simpler approach, you can select one person or a small committee to lead the project. Once you know who’s going to lead the project from your side, you’ll be allocated your own, dedicated Project Manager to guide you through the Wall Art process. This is usually the same person who visited your school for your first consultation. They’ll help you finalise the design brief, move through the design process and choose a convenient installation date for your stunning Wall Art.
Dealing with the same person throughout the process means they’ll have a deep understanding of what you’re trying to achieve and what matters to you as a school. The Project Manager will also be a lynchpin between you and our design studio, to make sure your designs are exactly aligned to your expectations!
Get in touch!
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