The New World of School Leadership Conference

An inspiring and information packed Conference held at the Copthorne Hotel this Thursday and easily one of the most  Educationally Creative days I’ve ever attended!

Many thanks to Noel Dunne at Creative Alliance (www.creativealliance.org.uk) for “squeezing” me in at the 11th hour, and a huge thank you for all the organisers involved at the hotel and with The New World of School Leadership event itself.

Brilliant discussions presented by Professor Mick Waters, Charles Leadbeater and Paul Collard (Creativity, Culture and Education, NGO) made the day such a great event!

I hope that the attending School Heads had the “light-bulb” moments go on in the way some of us Industry Practitioners did.

Richard Allport Artist 2012

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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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Richard Allport Artist Q&A second round questions…

 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

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

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 

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

Transition week at Q3 Academy… monsters and 300 centimetre zebras!

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

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

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

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

Easy Art Pro Training Aid’s launch.

 Richard Allport long queue

Next term will see the much anticipated and enquired about “Easy Art Pro Training Aid 10xDVD Boxed Set”!

The Easy Art Pro workshops, seminars and CPD sessions continue to be a great success, and the training aid DVD’s will be the ideal support and continuation from the real world starting points, taking teachers and pupils step by step over the whole spectrum of creativity from a blank page to a finished image or design and every conceivable stage in between!

The set comes complete with two DVD’s dedicated solely to the basic and advanced use of Adobe Photoshop Elements, its capabilities, tips, tricks, techniques and industry insider methods of its use, something many schools, teachers and students alike have been enquiring about for many months.

We are currently in talks about the Easy Art Pro methods becoming an established element of the national and even international curriculum, something needless to say we are very excited about!

No pre orders are currently being taken for the new 10 DVD release, but dates of its availability will be announced here when they are confirmed.

Check back here for further updates!

Richard Allport 2010

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

Ferndale School’s winning dragons!

 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!

Richard Allport design me a dragon2

Richard Allport dragon winner 2

Richard Allport 2010

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

Q3 Academy “hush hush” talks continue…

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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

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

Something from “nothing”…

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.

Richard Allport school to monster

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

Richard Allport 2010

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