Sometimes genius is quiet!

I posted a while ago about the video for the track “White Knuckles”  by group OK GO. Have a look at the making of clip below the video underneath, it just goes to show how many people and how much effort go into realising creative ideas!

(The video that was finally broadcast was ultimately captured on camera in one take after several weeks of rehearsal, the footage of the take starts around 6:30 into the clip)

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Headcast info…

A few people had asked a while ago about lifecasting, or making a mould then casting it, from someones face, hands or even whole body. They also wanted to see some more pictures of the headcast I did at Bentley Chemicals with Rob Price.

Here you go!

Richard Allport andy head cast

 Richard Allprt 2011

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OOMPH! Festival

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

A brilliant article from The Design Council…

Is Creative Britain in Reverse?

 
As the UK government reviews the national curriculum and design technology’s status as a compulsory school subject, the Design & Technology Association, the James Dyson Foundation and industrial designers Seymourpowell have started a campaign to secure the future of design and technology education.

A key part of the campaign is this movie featuring industry experts and leading designers talking about the importance of design education. Contributors include fashion designer Paul Smith, Jaguar design director Ian Callum, Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, Design Council chief executive David Kester and the founders of Seymourpowell.

Have a look at www.designcouncil.org.uk for more information and links.

Richard Allport Artist 2011

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If you’re involved with Early Years and Primary education, we’d like to hear from you!

We are currently undergoing an extensive research period with local Early Years Education providers, Schools and Teachers to attempt to identify in which areas they may need additional support or information.

We think that the early years of children’s learning are vital for them develop happy and fulfilling lives as they grow. Creative use of their imaginations and the development of inventive, constructive thinking as well as Nurture and behavioural issues are at the forefront of our agenda.

So if you are reading this because you have recently been contacted by us and want to know more about our ethos, or what we’ve been up to recently in the schools creative arenas then please feel free to have a look around the site.

Our focus to date has been mainly but not exclusively on Keystages 3 and 4 with special attention aimed at Creative thinking and increasing IT based skills. We are now looking to take our experience, feedback from over a year’s worth of in school creative workshops, and fresh ideas and thoughts from teachers and people involved with early years and primary education, to develop modules and teaching aids for younger children.

We hope you find our site and ideas interesting and if you have any questions please feel to contact us by email or phone.

Richard Allport Artist 2011

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com

Q3’s Qube Theatre gets a taste of strange…..

Richard Allport Q3

Wednesday evening saw the opening of Q3 pupil designed “in animi sonus” music and visual fused installation.

Invited guests were treated to a surreal exploration of students’ emotions, feelings and thoughts on life, expressed through sound-scapes, visual imagery and some bizarre props, all installed in spot lit darkness.

Richard Allport Artist Q3 event

Sarah Mellors, Deputy Head of Q3 Academy commented:

“Never in my time at Q3 Academy have I ever seen anything like this, amazing work! I felt an array of emotions from sadness to joy, amazing maturity to vulnerability. I am overwhelmed!”

Creative Partnerships and Q3 Academy are considering potential plans for a public viewing of the installation next month and repetition of the event annually.

Special thanks go to Miss Burroughs, Miss Mellors and Mr Dawson for their assistance and enthusiasm on this project.

Interesting stuff! Watch this space for more news…

Richard Allport Artist 2011

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Easy Art Pro joins the Anti- Bullying campaign…

Richard Allport Cyber Bullying

On the back of Q3 Academy’s Young Enterprise team winning a special recognition award for their anti bullying campaign idea, and after incredibly insightful recent talks with the Police Force, Childline and other organisations committed to ending bullying and crime levels within schools, we are pleased to announce the development, with advice directly gathered from these and other organisations, of elements within all creative modules we deliver that will investigate and analyse why bullying exists and how it can be tackled.

Special attention is also being given over the following weeks to develop stand alone, character-based creative modules where pupils can create virtual characters who interact with bullies, and learn coping and self-esteem raising strategies especially where “Cyber- Bullying” is concerned.

In an article on the BBC’s Live News Internet channel, Schools Secretary Ed Balls said cyber bullying had grown with technology and changes in society.

He added “”Cyber-bullying is a particularly insidious type of bullying as it can follow young people wherever they go…We now have an advanced approach to cyber bullying, thanks in no small part to the co-operation with the industry, teaching unions and charities.”

The guide being sent out to schools in England says Cyber bullying can be an extension of face-to-face bullying, “with technology providing the bully with another route to harass their target”.

Among the new guidance are tips for drawing up anti-bullying policies to cover cyber bullying, how to have offensive or malicious material removed from websites, and advice on confiscating equipment used in bullying, such as mobile phones.

At Easy Art Pro we are pleased to be working parallel with Government led initiatives to tackle issues like this that can disrupt a person’s education or feeling of safety.

Watch this space for more information about the new modules available for schools; new information will be posted as soon as it is available.

(Quotes from the BBC’s online article above have been selected from a fuller conversation held with Schools Secretary Ed Balls, to read the whole article please visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7005389.stm)

Richard Allport 2011

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All done in sunny Brighton!

 

Our final  bulk editing for the DVD’s ended last week in Brighton, so we’ll be announcing the launch dates for them very soon. We also have some other news concerning our working with local community services, but more of that in another post when things are firmed up better.

For the moment we thought we’d share with you these bizarre shapes developed by Chris Sangwin, check out his site and go buy his book if you like a head scratchin read! (Follow the link to his site)

 Richard Allport Artist 2011
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HRH Prince Edward officially opens Q3 Academy.

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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