Bob Keen and 35 years in film

Richard Allport Artist Bob Keen films

After several enquiries from teachers and students about Bob Keen’s new involvement in Easy Art Pro, and interest in his work history, I thought I’d post a selection of film posters from his illustrious career.

His pedigree and prestige on these feature film releases is a clear indication of his abilities and standing within the industry and as an international creator and innovator. 

Richard Allport 2010

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Pupil strength or the power of the word “can’t!” ???

Richard Allport Artist power of can't

Combining the power of suggestion with subtle but powerful messages can be an interesting experiment into how people think. It’s surprising the power that repeated negative suggestion can have on pupils, teachers or even members of the public.

As an example, if in a school canteen you spent the best part of an hour subconsciously telling someone that certain things couldn’t be done, but suggesting that that was OK or even a positive thing, the results that you can create can be quite startling!

Nothing could have surprised two pupils at Q3 Academy more recently when for no apparent reason, neither of them could pick a mug up off the table, half filled with water, until they were told they could, then suddenly they lifted it with ease!

This was another example of the recent and ongoing series of unusual happenings at schools around the area. Once again it raises the question, did the actual event really take place as it seemed or was it some sort of manipulation of people’s interpretation…

…again, food for thought, and while you’re thinking, take a quick look at the first letter of every paragraph above to see an example of how subtly messages can be planted in your mind without your awareness.

Richard Allport 2010 

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Transition week at Q3 Academy… monsters and 300 centimetre zebras!

Richard Allport Artist Q3 transition week

Until this last transition week at Q3 Academy I have only seen the short term and immediate effects of the Easy Art Pro creative workshops, seeing and hearing the pupil’s and teacher’s responses to new ways of creative thinking on the day itself or at the end of a set period of time, and as much as the responses have been brilliant, enthusiastic and rewarding, this previous week has seen me repeatedly picking my jaw up of the floor!

When you experience even the smallest part of the creative nurturing process, as I have been given the privilege to do by several Sandwell schools, you can’t help but hope that the motivation and inspiration you try to provoke within pupils will stay with them beyond a particular workshop or creative talk.

The transition week saw many of the pupils from the local Sandwell junior schools I have worked with, make the move up to the state of the art Q3 Academy and jump in at the deep end into the high tech education stream.

After many enthusiastic shouts of “Hello Mr Allport!” work began on the week’s activities that included video game design, creature, character and monster design for Q3’s first 3D animated short film and the creation of a gigantic image of zebras drinking at a lake composing of eighty individual pieces of students work!

To say that there was a distinction between students I had worked with before at Junior schools, and those I hadn’t, would be an understatement! The Easy Art Pro creative “domino learning” effect was clearly in action, with students who have experienced previous workshops eating up the creative tasks with ease! Even though most of the other pupils coped very well with what they were challenged to do, the workshop savvy pupils seemed (and probably were) already ahead of the competition.

One pupil remarked, “Mr Allport this is easy! We already know how to do all this!” I simply nodded and put my “Shhh” finger up across my lips with a smile.

Moments like this massively validate the notion of nurturing creativity at an early age and stand testament not to underestimate its value. I personally felt proud of the pupils I watched, not because of my influence on them, but at their inner motivation to try, think and succeed. For any of the school’s heads or teachers I have worked with who are wondering how their students are fitting in with their new school, I can tell you now you have nothing to worry about!

To any schools, teachers or heads reading this post who have not thus far worked with the Easy Art Pro methods of creative learning I can only suggest that as the summer holidays are upon us Easy Art Pro workshops begin again in September and early bookings are recommended!

Richard Allport 2010

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The superb EBP Work Related Learning day at Himley Hall.

Richard Allport Artist Himley Hall

A great day was had by all this week who attended the EBP’s training and information day at the stunning Himley Hall estate.

The day’s activities were brilliantly organised by the EBP team and filled with informative and useful information that you could immediately apply to your working or teaching practice!

Main EBP organiser, Peter Corley, led a packed day of events that included information about new saving schemes for students to lure them away from the perilous “Pay back weekly” (At huge interest!) trap and into a more sympathetic and realistic financial start up.

Other presentations were also given by schools demonstrating how they have incorporated enterprise into their lesson structures with brilliant results, and an in depth talk about efficiency in working practice.

All in all a superb day and many thanks to Peter who let me overtake half of reception with my display stands within the “Market Place” area!

Richard Allport 2010

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New “Richard Allport Artist Q&A” launches!

Richard Allport Artist confused

Confused or got a question about what Easy Art Pro does or creativity in general?

No problem! because a brand new Easy Art Pro service starts today with the launch of the “Richard Allport Q&A” facility. Up to this point and questions that students, teachers, members of the education authority or even parents have about the services we offer have been somewhat limited to intermittent emails, phone calls or mostly questions on the day of creative workshops or seminars.

From this point any and all questions about anything creative can be fired at the email address info@easyartpro.com and we will answer as many as we can that have relevance, in this news section.

If you want to remain anonymous then please state so in your enquiry and your identity will be kept confidential.

I look forward to filling in any blanks you may have about what we do and our range of services so please feel free to get typing!

Richard Allport 2010

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Bluetooth phones and smoking fingertips???

Richard Allport smoking fingers

Another interesting incident occurring recently at a creative workshop was the bizarre sight of plumes of smoke discharging from the tips of my fingers and thumb as they were placed between two mobile phones, both with bluetooth switched on.

Science has yet to decide whether the radio waves from mobile phones can do any long-term damage to people physically, but it would appear that if placed in a specific position, the combined effect of certain brands of wireless mobile connection can create heat hot enough to produce smoke from skin…or so you would have thought.

Ps: Many thanks for all your messages about anti gravity orange juice theories. Some peoples’ imaginations are truly creative! Ideas about wirelesness technology and its effects are welcomed…

Richard Allport 2010

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Anti gravity orange juice?

Richard Allport anti gravity orange juice

Is it possible to turn a glass of orange juice upside down and not spill any of it? If you were at a Sandwell school recently you would have witnessed the seemingly impossible and had to answer yes!

Pupils and teachers shared dropped jaws as during a creativity workshop a glass of just-sipped orange juice was turned upside down over a pupil’s head. This seemingly impossible act was seen by around twenty people, but it raises the question.. did it really happen?

Incidents like this are regular events at Easy Art Pro workshops and create intriguing questions about how we perceive what we see, hear, read and generally experience. One response and solution, which raised some eyebrows, was that the orange juice didn’t move and the whole room turned upside down along with the people in it!

Interesting idea and either way, real or fake, genuine or con trick, anything that gets people’s brains ticking is a good thing! Food for thought. Let me know what you think…

Richard Allport 2010

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Easy Art Pro prepares to launch it’s misinformation “Con Artist” experiment

Richard Allport misinformation experiment

Read the paragraph below out loud, you may feel a bit silly but you will be amazed at how your brain skips over the jumbled mess and makes total and immediate sense of what you are reading. Don’t try too hard, the more relaxed (and easy to con trol you are the better!)

Richard Allport con artist experiment

It’s amazing how your brain can misinterpret information, or even fill in the blanks where information is missing, misleading, non existent or even totally false! (Read more about the misinformation effect at wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation_effect

 The jumbled text image above is a jaw-dropping example of how incredibly easily we can take what we read or experience and adjust it to suit how our brains work, no matter how non-sensical!

The speed at which we all have to process information these days is faster now than ever and the time we have to do it in is getting smaller constantly, the affects of which are something that I demostrate in schools workshops usually greeted with suprised expressions. The choices we make tend to be hugely influenced by the amount of time we have in which to make them and while this is a factor of modern life it also indicates an area where we need to slow down sometimes and make a broader and more informed conclusion to avoid being manipulated and con troled.

Particularly in the current financial climate, businesses are constantly bidding for all our attention and a lot of them will go to complex and sometimes mind scrambling lengths to influence the direction that we choose to spend our precious time and cash.

Some companies will go to any lengths to affect our decisions to buy products or process information in the way they want us to. Several years ago “Blipverts” or subliminal messages were used in experiments with the general public to see if their decisions could be affected. The Blipverts themselves were tiny one frame images that contained information suggesting we buy more popcorn or a particular soft drink, that were dropped almost invisibly into other regular programmes. It was ultimately decided that this kind of subliminal information was too unfair on the consumer and shortly after use of the “Blipvert” was banned.

It’s a classic old school con artist trick to bombard the onlooker with so much information that their subconscious becomes con fused, information con tradicts and questions our current beliefs and we can end up not knowing quite what to make of what we are presented with, especially in the area of sales and promotion and Television adverts.

We can also take advantage of this knowledge should we choose to and turn it around to serve us also in the design work we do ourselves!

After a recent enquiry by a student asking “Is that really Jabba the Hutt?” with a look of extreme disbelief on his face(See Bob Keen joins Easy Art Pro post) and as an example of how all of us can be con trolled and have our belief systems questioned, I’m starting an experiment using myself as a guinea pig, aptly named “Con Artist” with several schools and academies within the region to test the student’s and teacher’s powers of intuition, time/ decision management and ease of influence, and I will be posting several articles about me and my activities online ranging in information that is simple to the more complex, both true and false, straight forward to the bizarre and extreme, to see just how gullible we can all be!

Results from these con trolled studies and data on opinions formed as a result will be carefully collated and the results posted in the near future. It will be interesting to see how quickly we can all be capable of assimilating mis-information on the spur of the moment. I look forward to you finding any of these “mis-information bites” and letting me know what they made you think or believe!

(Did you know that the word gullible is not listed in the most comprehensive version of the Oxford English Dictionary! True!)

Richard Allport 2010

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Colouring in without going over the lines at Grove Vale School!

Richard Allport Grove Vale colour

I was once described by an old acquaintance to her colleagues as “someone that colours in for a living!” This phrase sprang to mind as the final two-day workshop sessions at Grove Vale School saw the students see their hard work pay off as they had fun working on their projects in colour only!

All the initial development work they had done over the past several weeks culminated with a final top coat of colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom graphics tablets, which, it transpired, many of the students were going to purchase for themselves to continue their work at home!

I must say that the enthusiasm within these classes was of the highest order and the pupils were hungry to know more and improve their technical skills and imaginations, very encouraging!

Of particular note was the work done by Tyler Phillips- Walters and Jagjit Hayer. Their keenness to push the possibilities of what they could get out of the software and how much they could use their imaginations was brilliant to witness, so a special mention goes out to them, they should be very proud of their efforts!

I look forward to working with Grove Vale again next term and would like to express my deepest thanks for all the help and assistance given by head Andy Lievers, Sally Roberts and all the other staff who have been so supportive over the weeks. (Maybe with the exception of Miss Mannion who told me off (!), although she wasn’t aware of the rabbit fingers I was sticking up behind her head most of the time and seemed puzzled at the pupils continuous laughter during some sessions!)

The creative potential within Grove Vale and the dedication of its staff makes it a place to keep an eye on and is easily one of this areas most outstanding schools!

Richard Allport 2010

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Design me a Dragon animatronic puppet develops…

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon dev

If you’ve noticed things have been quiet for a while in this news section, its partly because sculpting 2000 scales takes a bit of time!

The 4-foot Dragon head for next term’s workshops has gone from a simple mock up through to finished sculpture ready for moulding.

Shown above is the head and neck in stages of sculptural development, and when cast will have mechanics to make its eyelids blink, nostrils sniff and ears twitch in addition to it gurgling smoke and spitting 5-foot jets of fire from its mouth!

Check back here for continuing progress!

Richard Allport 2010

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