Many thanks to everyone who sent in questions regarding Easy Art Pro and the services we offer. Unfortunately we can’t publish answers to all the questions asked, so here are what we thought to be the most relevant or entertaining ten for this round:
Q1: Can anyone draw?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Define draw! Making marks on paper with a pencil that look like something? Yes! Making marks on paper with a pencil that look like something real, well again yes if you go about it the right way. My point in answering this would be that if your focus is on replicating an image or an object you’re looking at, isn’t that less drawing, less creative and more like photocopying?
I personally think that even though direct observation is an important part of art and design and creativity too, it’s not the be all and end all. Not to develop how you think and imagine ideas, and express them through drawing is such a waste, and to that end I think anyone can draw. Drawing is far more about learning to look better than making marks on paper!
Q2: Does anyone else offer the same service as Easy Art Pro?
A: Richard Allport Artist: So far my searching hasn’t found any company or individual that has taken the same amount of multi disciplinary experience and specifically developed it for educational purposes, so no, its only Easy Art Pro that’s doing it. Let me know if you find someone else, I’d be very interested to look at their ideas.
Q3: Could there be regional competitions and/ or after school clubs to extend pupil’s learning?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Absolutely. At the moment we are in a period of heavy negotiations with several organisations and corporations about running national level creativity competitions with huge prizes both for pupils and schools.
We are also talking to schools and educational authorities about extending after schools services for creativity workshops too! We will post more news about this when we can confirm it.
Q4: Is Easy Art Pro designed to be taught more to boys or girls?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Being a boy or girl has no relevance at all, all of our teaching modules are non gender specific. We have found overwhelmingly that girls as well as boys get a great deal of satisfaction from what we show them they are capable of.
Q5: What is your favourite picture or design?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Good question…..but I honestly don’t have one specific favourite. There are hundreds or even thousands of brilliantly creative designs in all areas of life. Picking one would be impossible for me. Sorry!
Q6: Did you ever want to be an Art teacher?
A: Richard Allport Artist: (Laughs) No, not in the traditional sense. My approaches to art and design have been formed through actually doing things in the real world and nothing else could have taught me that. I think all teachers do an amazing and almost impossible job, but for me making barmy monsters was always too much of a passion!
Q7: What was the first thing you ever drew?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Apparantly a teddy bear according to my mother. I don’t think it was particularly good and I would guess my foreshortening and perspective were probably a bit rough back then too!
Q8: How is paint made?
A: Richard Allport Artist: (Laughs again) I have absolutely no idea, but I’m glad it is! Try clicking on the image below to link to Wikipedia’s history of paint explanation
Q9: Which do you prefer, drawing with a pencil and paper or on a computer?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Difficult one. Reality versus digital, environmentally friendly versus waste. To be honest I find the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done are real three dimensional sculptures. You can’t beat actually having something tangible after all your efforts, but all methods have their place. Sorry if that’s a bit inconclusive.
Q10: What is the largest thing you’ve ever drawn?
A: Richard Allport Artist: Probably zebras as part of the Art company transition week team at Q3 Academy recently, when we painted eighty separate pieces of paper and assembled them as a huge picture of zebras drinking at a watering hole. The final image was three metres tall and nearly as wide and crammed with detail. Apart from that I have done some scenic backdrops that were quite big too!
Richard Allport 2010
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