Colleges/Schools

Private & Public High School Seals,Crests, and Logo Plaques

Fig 1- This picture shows some of the different styles of our dimensional wall plaques for College Preparatory Schools, Academies and High Schools. Plaques featuring seals, emblems and logos are all shown in this picture. Most of these plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief, but a few are carved in 2.5-D flat relief. Shown are bronze, brass, nickel-silver, and aluminum-plated plaques, 24K gold and silver-leaf gilded plaques, and multi-color painted plaques. Three of the plaques are carved from Mahogany or Western Red Cedar.

All our Plaques are made in the USA by American craftsmen.

Fig 2- Philip Exeter Academy, founded in 1781, has a heritage seal that is best carved in 2.5-D outline relief or engaved.It is dark red on a white background (not shown in this photo). It can be put on a entrance sign or next to or placed on the main entrance door..,

WELCOME TO OUR PHOTO GALLERY OF PRIVATE & PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLAQUES

Welcome to the private and public high (secondary) school plaque page of the website of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company, a division of Art Sign Works, Inc. that specializes in designing and manufacturing custom plaques.  This page provides a description and photo Gallery of our standard, custom, and personalized  wall and podium plaques for prep schools, academies, parochial and religious schools, and charter and public high schools and  their departments,  superintendents, presidents, faculty,  officers, and other personnel.

Plaques for universities & colleges,  including community colleges and trade schools,  schools, are shown in our photo gallery University & College Seals & Logo Plaques. Photo galleries and descriptions of  coat-of-arms, emblem and seal plaques for social and academic fraternities and sororities are shown in our   Fraternities and Sororities web page.

Plaques of the great seals for city, county, state and Federal governments (including Great Seal of the US) are shown in our Government section.  Plaques for the five armed forces (Navy,  Marine Corps,  Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard) , including their colleges and schools, are shown in  our Military section (for Service Academies). These photo galleries are listed in the pull-down menu under "TYPE" in the gold masthead above.

PRODUCTS

We design and carve a wide variety of custom and personalized hand-crafted wood and metal dimensional wall and podium plaques of seals, emblems, logos,  memorials and awards. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship, great customer service, short turnaround times (typically 30 days from order to shipment), and factory-direct affordable prices to school, government, and non-profit institutions and individual clients such as faculty, alumni and students. We also offer wholesale prices to retailers and re-sellers, and discounts for buys of 3 or more identical plaques. All our plaques are manufactured in the USA  by Americans using American-made materials.

On this page we show a photo Gallery and descriptions of our custom and personalized  carved dimensional wood and High-Density-Urethane (HDU) wall and podium plaques for college preparatory, academies, and high schools. We have many styles and materials, and can make plaques in sizes from 10 inches to 10 feet in diameter. We have made plaques featuring seals, emblems and logos  for over 50  private and public secondary schools  across the USA, many of which are shown on this page.

If you have questions on a specific type of plaque you are interested in, or you want information on our plaques or prices, you are always welcome to call Christie or Regina at 951-698-8484 or you can email us at info@artsignworks.com and we will respond quickly.

Fig 3- Wall plaques of school can be mounted in entrance lobbies, dining halls, auditoriums, student centers, and in the President's and Dean's offices.,

In this gallery we display wall and podium plaques that we have made featuring seals, coat-of-arms, emblems and logos for universities and colleges.  We also make  large entrance and monument signs, building signs, way-finding signs, organization signs with photos, wall signs and  door signs for universities and colleges. These signs are shown on our other website, www.artsignworks.com. Only wall and podium plaques are shown on this website.

PLAQUE STYLES

We offer custom carved 2-D, 2.5-D, 3-D and engraved dimensional authentic wall plaques of all sizes, from 10 inches to 120 inches in diameter, which are made from multi-color painted carved High-Density-Urethane (HDU), wood (cedar, redwood, mahogany, oak, maple, cherry), and metal-coated HDU (brass, bronze, copper, silver-nickel,  stainless steel, and aluminum).  We will work with you to design and build the exact wall plaque you want. We can customize the size, shape, carving relief, text, materials, and color scheme of any plaque shown on this page, and we can make a custom plaque for ANY artwork you may have. Send us a drawing, a photo or a rough sketch of your badge, shoulder patch,  or seal, and we will design and make a carved dimensional plaque to your specifications. We  have a large library of existing 3-D and 2.5-D computer models that we use to carve these plaques, which greatly reduces graphic artist labor costs.The various styles of the plaques we make are described in our plaque  STYLES section (click on "STYLES" on upper gold masthead to access pull-down menu). All our plaques are manufactured in the USA by American craftsmen.

We can also combine materials on a plaque. We often use Mahogany plaque boards and carve 3-D HDU appliques which are either multi-color painted or metal-plated, to mount on the Mahogany. We can cut out text and artwork from thin sheets of aluminum and mount  these on 2.5-D Mahogany or cedar plaques with raised text and art; we call these metal-clad wood plaques.  The contrast between the shiny metal and rough dark wood is striking. We often gild  V-carved text of Mahogany plaques with 24K gold or silver leaf. We can also gild  areas of painted HDU plaques, usually raised text and art. We also make separate cut-out metal, stained wood and painted HDU letters. We can provide a 3-D bas-relief cast bronze and aluminum memorial or living person plaque featuring the face or figure of a president, dean, benefactor, professor,  etc. if we are provided a good photograph. 

Although we show primarily painted High-Density-Urethane  plaques on this page, we can make any plaque out of natural wood (stained) or put any of several types of metallic coatings/color schemes on them. We can also put digitally printed long-lasting full color vinyl (photos or very elaborate painted or digital art) as an applique on any HDU or wood plaque. For Organization Chart plaques, we make photo frames with glass covers where photos and names can be easily replaced when there are personnel changes.

Fig 4 - A Carved wall plaque featuring the school seal or logo adds dignity and beauty to the offices of a President, Principal, Dean or Faculty Member.,

PLAQUE  RETAIL PRICES

Our  plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size and style. Fig. 5 below shows our three basic relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level relief, and 3-D bas-relief. These can be made of different materials, including natural wood, artist-painted High-Density-Urethane (HDU) , metal-coated HDU, and acrylic. Our STYLE page describes these in detail.  All 2000 photos of plaques on this website has a Style Category and a Price Code listed in the second or third paragraph in the text description under the photo (click on the photo or title to expand the photo and read the text to get the price code of that plaque, then look up the price for different size plaques with that style on the Price List at the bottom of the PRICE page). 

Our lowest price economy 2-D  plaques feature digitally-printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a  round  or rectangular a solid wood or acrylic base. The retail prices for this type of two-dimensional (2-D) flat custom plaque are as low as $80 (acrylic base) to $120 (Mahogany solid wood base) for 10 inch diameter plaques. The same style plaques in a 18 diameter size have prices of  $120 (acrylic) and $220 (Mahogany).    These low prices  assume we have made a previous plaque of the same artwork design  (featured in one of our Galleries of over 2000 photos, including photos of 3-D plaques such as shown below), or for new artwork, that we are provided a print-ready JPEG digital photo or colored drawing of the artwork for the plaque (this can be a good high-resolution photo of an existing seal). These are  styles 1.4.1 (Price Code EA, wood base) and 1.4.3 (Price Code EB, acrylic base)  on our PRICE  page, with  examples shown on our 2-D Giclee Plaque web page.

Our  carved 2.5-D multi-level or engraved  hand-crafted and artist-painted plaques have prices about twice that of the 2-D flat plaques with giclee printed art. These prices  depend on the size, material, carving complexity, and number of colors. Prices for  custom carved  18  inch diameter 2.5-D artist-painted HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $240 to $370. Prices increase with size.  The PRICE page gives prices for carved 2.5-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors. About 70% of our public or private secondary school  seal plaques are carved in 2.5-D multi-level flat or engraved relief,  using  High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are very popular and look great. Many times the artwork provided to us for custom seals does not benefit from 3-D rendering, and we recommend a 2.5-D relief carving which looks nearly as good and is about 2/3 the price. Our 2.5-D relief plaques carve faster and are much faster to paint than 3-D bas-relief plaques, so they have lower prices. Most of our military and many of our government  and corporate plaques are also carved in 2.5-D relief. 

Our premium  plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief,  using  wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are higher- priced carved 3-D bas-relief artist-painted plaques, and have prices about 3 times that of the 2-D plaques. These are  very high  quality plaques, which usually feature complex seals, and are often displayed on the entrance to a school's administration building, in an entrance lobby, in a conference room or auditorium, or in the office of a  school Superintendent,  Principal,  Headmaster, or Dean.   Prices for 18  inch diameter 3-D artist-painted or bronze, brass or silver-plated  HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $380 to $560. Prices increase with plaque size.  The PRICE list gives prices for carved 3-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors.  These high-quality plaques may require  from 8  to  24  hours of machine carving time,  and then 6 to 8 hours of artisan work  to hand-sand and artist-brush paint or metal polish them. They are unique works-of-art for our most discriminating clients.

Fig 5 - We make plaques in three different styles of relief, as shown above. Engraved plaques are in the same price category as 2.5-D relief plaques. Prices increase from left to right.

PLEASE CONTACT US

Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact plaque you want. Our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie and Regina, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at info@artsignworks.com. Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request a Quote  form. We would like to make your  plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every product we make for our valued clients. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our products, and our indoor plaques will last many decades without degradation.

WEBSITE NAVIGATION

You can view the bottom of the page using the slider on the scroll bar in the right margin. You can click on a photo or a title of a photo below to see an expanded view and a description of that plaque. You can return to this page by clicking on Return to List on the bottom left of each plaque title or description, or by using your back browser button. You can go to another Section or Gallery page by clicking on an item in the pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of this page. 

You  can search for a specific plaque type (e.g., "FBI" ) by entering the key word in the search box in the upper right of the gold masthead. You can view a list and use the navigation bar for all 24 Gallery types by viewing the silver box on the left side of the Home  page. You can view a description of different plaque styles by going to the Plaque Styles section.  To request information, a design, a quote, or to place an order, click on the text (e.g., "contact us", "get a quote", "send a file" or "place an order")  in the upper  right of the gold masthead at the top of this page.  All prices are given on the "Prices" page in the gold masthead. 

For more information on design options, prices and delivery times, please call us at 951-698- 8484 or email us at info@artsignworks.com, and our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives Christie and Regina will be pleased to help you.