Posts Tagged ‘Q3 Academy’

George gets air!!!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

For some strange reason George, super skater at Q3 Academy couldn’t get this picture when it was posted before, so here it is again! Enjoy…

Richard Allport George gets air

Richard Allport Artist 2011

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OOMPH! Festival

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Oomph Festival is on its way, come and have a look at some of the work we have done with Q3 Academy and Creative Partnerships and better still book a place at one of my CPD introductory sessions!…

oomph logo

Oomph! is a festival of creative exploration which will take place throughout the Black Country, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire from 9th – 23rd November 2011. See more at http://oomphfestival.wordpress.com/
 
Richard Allport Artist 2011

HRH Prince Edward officially opens Q3 Academy.

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Richard Allport Artist Prince Edward  opens Q3

HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Essex officially opened the super modern Q3 Academy last week and was given a tour of the £30 million facility.

Click on the picture above to read more.

Richard Allport Artist 2010

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A blast from the creative past…

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

 Richard Allport Danielle Gearing winning image

Having been asked recently about the amazing photographic results that emerged from the “Searching for Creativity” workshops at Q3 Academy last year, I thought it fitting to upload some higher resolution files of some of the images created by the students.

Click here to see a full size selection of the finished images

Click here to see a full size image of the winning picture by Danielle Gearing

(Please be aware that these images are the property of Q3 Academy and are not for reproduction without permission)

Richard Allport 2010

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Richard Allport Artist Q&A second round questions…

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

 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

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

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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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Q3 Academy “hush hush” talks continue…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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A quick update to the project we’re involved in with Q3 Academy to follow on from the news post a while ago.

Without giving too much away (again) talks continued with Q3 staff about the multimedia installation project and this time introduced a select group of students (all sworn to secrecy) who will take part in the project’s design and realisation.

There was an audible buzz as ideas were thrown around and brainstormed and students seemed enthused and excited about the project’s potential to break new ground and showcase their ideas.

More posts will follow as the development process takes shape and the whole project’s creative development will be documented for release upon the installation’s opening.

Check back here soon for more details.

Richard Allport 2010

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Q3 Academy multiple images from one source…

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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

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Q3 Academy is tight lipped about new project…

Friday, May 7th, 2010

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

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