Easy Art Pro Creativity Break interviews…

Richard Allport eap creativity breaks

Easy Art Pro introduces a new and informative series of short interviews with people from within education and also outside in real world creative roles, who all have an interest and passion for developing creativity within others.

“The Easy Art Pro Creativity Break” interviews are snippets out of people’s busy schedules and answers to questions on their thoughts about all things educational and creative regarding their particular role or career path.

Each is a free downloadable PDF document and as more are done they will be added to in this news section on a regular basis.

Click here to download the first Creativity break interview with Bob Keen.

Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if you don’t already have it. Its free and very quick to install on your computer.

Richard Allport 2010

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

Q3 Academy multiple images from one source…

A quick regression to the Searching for Creativity workshops many months ago, and a shot of the students who themselves were busy taking photographs. In more recent workshops I have been asked if it is possible to get more than one image from a picture or set of scribbles. The answer is a 100% yes!

Below is the one picture of the students, one set of line shapes found within that picture, that was then developed into two totally different images by rotating the lines and flipping them vertically.

Richard Allport Pupils pics

From top to bottom you can see an explorer in a cave with a pistol (Shot left) then the line work…then the original photograph taken in class…then the flipped line work and finally an image of someone checking digital readout in some sort of futuristic setting.

I hope this gives you some how idea of how much you can get from a quick scribble over one image!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Australia Day Monster sculpture prep art…

Richard Allport Australia Monster Design001

After the success of Australia day at two Sandwell schools recently, I was inspired to sculpt the monster that the map shape turned into (See a couple of posts below). Based on this creature here is the first of several images created to allow the process of sculpting the form in 3D to begin. Further posts will show the progress so check back from time to time.

Richard Allport 2010

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

Strange how your days work out!

Richard Allport head cast

Ring ring…

Rich: Hello

Andy: Hi…it’s Andy, could you come over to Bentley Chemicals and cover my head in rubber?

Rich: Ok! Now?

Andy: Yes please, I want a head cast of myself to sculpt on!

Rich: No problem, see you in a bit…

A fun few hours at Bentley Chemicals doing a head cast of Andy Brown using body double and 4420 silicone! Many thanks to Emma Clayton for helping out and taking loads of snaps and Rob Price for letting us use his workshop and picking his brain!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Things are about to go upside down!

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Preparations are nearly finished for the Australia themed day shorty arriving at two Sandwell schools. The workshop should contain lots off odd “upside down” moments and a fury of activity in the competition stages.

Check back here soon to see photographs of the day’s results!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Q3 Academy is tight lipped about new project…

Richard Allport zip

We are currently in confidential negotiations with the newly opened £30 million Q3 Academy about possibly one of the most exciting projects we’ve ever been involved in!

We are having to keep tight lipped about the multi discipline and multi media based “experience” which is planned to be developed and produced over the coming months.

All we can say at the moment without Q3’s men in suits and dark glasses paying us a visit is that it will be one of the most innovative and adventurous cross curriculum creations developed by any school we know of, pooling the combined technical and creative know how of several departments.

Learning consultant for Music Zara Burroughs said, “This is the most innovative project that I have seen developed by any school or academy, it will blow peoples’ minds!”

Watch this space for further news…

Richard Allport 2010

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