Easy Art Pro Training DVD’s…creature escapes!

Richard Allport Spog bg

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

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Easy Art Pro picture quiz begins…

 Richard Allport Image Quiz 1

This picture was taken recently and looked so strange we thought it fitting to launch a regular quiz to see if anyone can guess what the picture is of. We look forward to receiving your emails to info@easyartpro.com with what your ideas are!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Richard Allport Artist Q&A first round questions

Richard Allport FAQ

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

 Richard Allport Paint Wikipedia

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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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 

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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

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Bluetooth phones and smoking fingertips???

Richard Allport smoking fingers

Another interesting incident occurring recently at a creative workshop was the bizarre sight of plumes of smoke discharging from the tips of my fingers and thumb as they were placed between two mobile phones, both with bluetooth switched on.

Science has yet to decide whether the radio waves from mobile phones can do any long-term damage to people physically, but it would appear that if placed in a specific position, the combined effect of certain brands of wireless mobile connection can create heat hot enough to produce smoke from skin…or so you would have thought.

Ps: Many thanks for all your messages about anti gravity orange juice theories. Some peoples’ imaginations are truly creative! Ideas about wirelesness technology and its effects are welcomed…

Richard Allport 2010

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

Anti gravity orange juice?

Richard Allport anti gravity orange juice

Is it possible to turn a glass of orange juice upside down and not spill any of it? If you were at a Sandwell school recently you would have witnessed the seemingly impossible and had to answer yes!

Pupils and teachers shared dropped jaws as during a creativity workshop a glass of just-sipped orange juice was turned upside down over a pupil’s head. This seemingly impossible act was seen by around twenty people, but it raises the question.. did it really happen?

Incidents like this are regular events at Easy Art Pro workshops and create intriguing questions about how we perceive what we see, hear, read and generally experience. One response and solution, which raised some eyebrows, was that the orange juice didn’t move and the whole room turned upside down along with the people in it!

Interesting idea and either way, real or fake, genuine or con trick, anything that gets people’s brains ticking is a good thing! Food for thought. Let me know what you think…

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)


 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

Design me a Dragon animatronic puppet develops…

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon dev

If you’ve noticed things have been quiet for a while in this news section, its partly because sculpting 2000 scales takes a bit of time!

The 4-foot Dragon head for next term’s workshops has gone from a simple mock up through to finished sculpture ready for moulding.

Shown above is the head and neck in stages of sculptural development, and when cast will have mechanics to make its eyelids blink, nostrils sniff and ears twitch in addition to it gurgling smoke and spitting 5-foot jets of fire from its mouth!

Check back here for continuing progress!

Richard Allport 2010

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