Posts Tagged ‘Make me a Monster’

Ferndale School’s winning dragons!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

 A quick post to show you the winning dragon designs from Ferndale School’s “Design me a Dragon” workshops. Many thanks go to Sue Petrie and Bernie Offerdal for their assistance and participation on the days!

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Richard Allport dragon winner 2

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“Design me a Dragon” swoops into Ferndale School!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon logo

Last week saw two days of claws, scales and teeth as students experienced the first official Design me a Dragon workshop!

The two classes took their ideas and realised them as designs by using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets to great effect, distorting their own features to turn themselves into mythical snarling creatures of every shape and description imaginable.

The results were nothing short of brilliant and a huge thanks goes out to the teachers involved and the amazing IT support (how many wires can one person keep track of!) and especially the Head, Nigel Edge, for his commitment to developing creativity within the school’s students and teachers alike.

Images from the two winning pupils will be posted soon!

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Yew Tree School goes tech!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Richard Allport Design technology

The students that were glooped, splodged and blotched during the Make me a Monster workshops, recently followed through with two amazing days of technical learning at Yew Tree School.

They were shown how to take their sketches of monster designs and realise them in full colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets and the phrase “ducks to water” wouldn’t be out of place to describe the results!

These were easily the most eye-popping workshops so far as everyone battled on with new software and hardware and tackled the process of learning something totally new.

The students were nothing short of amazing and the teachers and head of Yew Tree should feel proud of how their school ethos and implementation of ECM ethics were clearly visible with results shining through the images the students produced.

I look forward to seeing some of the completed results in the following weeks and working with Yew Tree School next term.

Many thanks to everyone involved!

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Australia Day Monster sculpture prep art…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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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.

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Something from “nothing”…

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

On many occasions people have asked me to publish some  of the images of school buildings that I’ve turned into monsters, well here you go…see if you can spot the visual cues that translate into the final designs. Top to bottom- Yew Tree School, Whitecrest School, St. Margarets School and All Saints School.

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To help you along, here’s a monster designed from the map of Australia for a special Australia themed educational day, done backwards so you can see where the imagery comes from. Enjoy!

Richard Allport Australia to Monster

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Make me a Monster wriggles into Yew Tree School!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Richard Allport Yew Tree ICT suite

This week saw the Make me a Monster workshop spread its tentacles into both sites of Yew Tree School with the usual crazy results!

After detailed discussions with Head teacher Mr. Martin and assistants Gail Moore, Lisa Holian, Penny Weston and Tejal Harders, it was decided to run two creative and then technical workshops with the students. The stunning ICT suites kitted out with high end Apple Macs and Wacom graphics tablets at both Yew Tree venues were a testament to the school’s commitment to deliver the very best learning environments to students and teachers alike.

The first creative sessions went brilliantly and, as seems to always be the case, I was staggered at the pupils’ levels of creativity and confidence to try new things. Much fun was had distorting images and photographs of the students themselves and introducing new and innovative approaches to creativity (Including humming at anyone who walked past the lesson! Apologies to anyone who thought there were swarms of bees somewhere!)

Designs of the two democratically voted winners of each day were whisked away by me and rendered in colour (See below) and a certificate of merit will be presented to the pupils and Schools after the half term break.

Richard Allport yew tree monsters

Here’s looking forward to the next technical lessons!

Ps. Many thanks especially to Gail Moore who has been such a great help in organising the workshops.

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Make me a Monster

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Richard Allport Monster

Just a quick note to those schools I have spoken to about the “Make me a Monster” themed workshops, the module is almost finished and now has an accompanying set of analytical notes for assessment and evaluation purposes.

I look forward to posting some of the bonkers results we will no doubt get!

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