The New World of School Leadership Conference

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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Easy Art Pro Training DVD’s…creature escapes!

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A tiny “Spog” creature featured on the upcoming Easy Art Pro Training DVD set has made its way onto a screensaver for your entertainment. Feel free to right click and download and use it, for any nice non profit making purposes of course…!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Richard Allport Artist Q&A second round questions…

 Richard Allport Artist round 2 questions

Q1: What are the training DVD’s about specifically?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Because there is only so much you can put into a workshop or even a series of workshops I had always planned to do a large-scale set of DVD tutorials that encapsulated everything I’d learned “on the job” so to speak.

The natural way to do this was as a set of step-by-step guides that demystified the creativity process from beginning to end. When you work long enough in the creative industries you learn that you can use techniques and methods to get very good results very fast, if you know what buttons to press and what gives you the most impact for the level of effort you put in. You can achieve amazing results in a surprisingly short amount of time; all you have to do is have the want to give it a go.

So the DVD set will totally break the creative process down and reform it in a very easy to understand and instinctive way, but also in a new and unique way never presented within the education system before. You don’t even need to be able to draw!

Q2: Do you have a CV or Biog that you can put up on here so people can read what you’ve done?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes, give me a couple of days and I’ll upload it in its own post.

Q3: Do you have any new workshops planned? If so can you describe what they’re about?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes loads. Without wanting to spoil the surprises there are themes including mythical creatures, how shockingly suggestible we all are, understanding confusion (!) and a crazy one called “How to cheat and lie!”

Q4: Do you provide private tuition for individuals or groups?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes absolutely! Each one is bespoke for that person or organisation so if you want any details on this at any level please get in touch directly.

Q5: How is the dragon puppet going and can we see some more development pictures?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Its about to emerge from the moulding process. It had a slight delay due to work commitments and then I had lovely bronchitis! I will post pictures of the silicone skins as they emerge from the moulds soon!

Q6: How many of the new Creativity Break interviews are planned?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Quite a few, it’s taking a while to type them all up in-between doing everything else but several are done and will be posted on here in the near future.

Q7: Can you say more about the weird events that you’ve described happening at schools in several of your posts? My son saw one and hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

A: Richard Allport Artist: Only that if you’re at a local school keep your eyes peeled and don’t blink or you’ll miss them!

Q8: Can you upload any videos of the model making processes you use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: There are several “making of” videos being edited at the moment that will be uploaded to our video channel that you can watch and download for free. Check back soon to check them out!

Q9: Do you work with recommended suppliers of the hardware and software you teach and use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes. We’re currently in talks with the lovely people at PC World about a national deal for schools so we can supply the best hardware and software at the best price and with the best after sales service. More news of this and what decision we come to will follow…

Q 10:  Can you say any more about the potential large project with Q3 Academy mentioned in earlier posts?

A: Richard Allport Artist: ………………………………………….no………….shhh!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Free Screensavers

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

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

Easy Art Pro Creativity Break interviews…

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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