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The New World of School Leadership Conference

Friday, February 10th, 2012

An inspiring and information packed Conference held at the Copthorne Hotel this Thursday and easily one of the most  Educationally Creative days I’ve ever attended!

Many thanks to Noel Dunne at Creative Alliance (www.creativealliance.org.uk) for “squeezing” me in at the 11th hour, and a huge thank you for all the organisers involved at the hotel and with The New World of School Leadership event itself.

Brilliant discussions presented by Professor Mick Waters, Charles Leadbeater and Paul Collard (Creativity, Culture and Education, NGO) made the day such a great event!

I hope that the attending School Heads had the “light-bulb” moments go on in the way some of us Industry Practitioners did.

Richard Allport Artist 2012

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Sir James Dyson’s (Expensive) Bladeless Fan……..

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Take a look and see what you think…I think its around £200 GBP. Binary opposites are an interesting way to develop creativity!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Free Screensavers

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So many people have asked if they can use any of my images as screensavers. My usual answer is ”No!!!”…but as so many talks have gone by and I’ve met so many nice people (even some nice children!) I decided to start relesing some of the images at 1024×768 so you can use them as inspiring computer backdrops. Please remember they are subject to copyright but are available for any non profit making purposes so long as the web address is clearly visible on the picture.

Here’s a sample few to get you going, click on them for the full size versions then right click and save as…now stop asking! I thankyou…

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Richard Allport 2010

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Bob Keen and 35 years in film

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

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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New “Richard Allport Artist Q&A” launches!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

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

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Easy Art Pro welcomes Bob Keen on board!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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After a recent working lunch at the beautiful Saxon Mill Restaurant in rural Warwickshire, I am pleased to announce Film industry and Special Effects legend Bob Keen is joining Easy Art Pro.

His Biog reads like an encyclopaedia of film history and he brings with him an unparalleled level of experience, uniquely distinct creative edge and a multi discipline knowledge base that will make him a truly invaluable member of the company!

His enthusiasm for inspiring creativity within others at many levels will help boost the Easy Art Pro presentations and training aids content to an even higher level.

I am so pleased that not only a great creative mentor of his calibre, but also a great friend has joined the fold! Watch this space for further news.

(Pictured above, Bob on the set of Return of the Jedi (second from left), applying prosthetics with the “uber” talented Dave Bonneywell and standing with SFX legend Stuart Freeborn, now in his nineties, the original creator of Yoda.)

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Easy Art Pro Training Aid’s launch.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

 Richard Allport long queue

Next term will see the much anticipated and enquired about “Easy Art Pro Training Aid 10xDVD Boxed Set”!

The Easy Art Pro workshops, seminars and CPD sessions continue to be a great success, and the training aid DVD’s will be the ideal support and continuation from the real world starting points, taking teachers and pupils step by step over the whole spectrum of creativity from a blank page to a finished image or design and every conceivable stage in between!

The set comes complete with two DVD’s dedicated solely to the basic and advanced use of Adobe Photoshop Elements, its capabilities, tips, tricks, techniques and industry insider methods of its use, something many schools, teachers and students alike have been enquiring about for many months.

We are currently in talks about the Easy Art Pro methods becoming an established element of the national and even international curriculum, something needless to say we are very excited about!

No pre orders are currently being taken for the new 10 DVD release, but dates of its availability will be announced here when they are confirmed.

Check back here for further updates!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

E.M.A Models

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Just a quick note on the back of my receiving my clear hemispheres from EMA models today, for the Australia monster’s eyes (See below), to say what a great company they are. Most of my time in the film industry was spent making things from their brilliant range of creative model making products. The people there are very nice too and ship your order very fast!

http://www.ema-models.co.uk/

Richard Allport 2010

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Brilliant creative videos! Watch and enjoy!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Richard Allport 2010 

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