Arlies Primary School
We were originally commissioned by Arlies Primary School in Tameside after spotting some of our wall graphics in another school. Arlies wanted to look at designs for various areas around their school. The areas ranged from the reception area to the library, a locker area to a large main hallway.
We talked through ideas at an initial meeting. The school expressed their wish to incorporate their ‘7 habits of happy kids’ ethos. They wanted to incorporate this into the main hallway area as a focal point. Arlies are one of only two schools in the UK to adopt this proven American approach. The habits create a positive school culture. The school wanted to anglicise the imagery by also using British animals as each habits’ visual representation. The plan was then set to create a more clean and modern feel than the American version, whilst still keeping the key messages!
Hive then started to measure all the various areas. We also spent time deciding the best material for each of the areas. We then worked through some initial design options. These options were then presented to the school for feedback. After some input from the teachers and pupils, we refined the shortlisted route.
A clean, bright option was selected. The chosen route incorporated line illustrations of animals. The design used the grey from their recently updated school logo offset with bright leaves and swirls. This theme ran throughout the reception, main hallway and locker areas. This has made a dramatic and colourful look to inspire pupils, teachers and visitors to the school too.
The wall graphics successfully communicate the school values as well as using inspirational and motivational quotes, encouraging a sense of pride and belonging in the school environment.
The library, in a separate building, was treated in a different way. As this is a shared space with an after school club. The school wanted the graphics here to reinforce and remind the children the area was theirs during the day. They wanted this to be a fun and relaxing place to read. The design uses fun animal characters partnered with a large banner to remind the children that it’s ‘Arlies Library’!
Following the success of the first project, Hive are working with Arlies Primary School again to create some additional wall graphics. The new areas include the school’s stairwell and some further corridors. The same big, bold, and bright, design scheme has been used to create a seamless look between last years graphics and the new additions. The graphics feature inspirational and motivational words with the distinctive ‘Arlies’ patterned pops of colour.
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