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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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

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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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Easy Art Pro Creativity Break Interviews…

Richard Allport eap creativity breaks

Two more creativity break interviews added that you can download. Click on the links below to see what teachers and workers in the creative sectors think about creativity’s role in the curriculum.

Click here to download the Creativity Break Interview with Music teacher Zara Burroughs

Click here to download the Creativity Break Interview with Special Education Needs Department Head Rachel Burroughs

Richard Allport 2010

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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

The superb EBP Work Related Learning day at Himley Hall.

Richard Allport Artist Himley Hall

A great day was had by all this week who attended the EBP’s training and information day at the stunning Himley Hall estate.

The day’s activities were brilliantly organised by the EBP team and filled with informative and useful information that you could immediately apply to your working or teaching practice!

Main EBP organiser, Peter Corley, led a packed day of events that included information about new saving schemes for students to lure them away from the perilous “Pay back weekly” (At huge interest!) trap and into a more sympathetic and realistic financial start up.

Other presentations were also given by schools demonstrating how they have incorporated enterprise into their lesson structures with brilliant results, and an in depth talk about efficiency in working practice.

All in all a superb day and many thanks to Peter who let me overtake half of reception with my display stands within the “Market Place” area!

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

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

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