Posts Tagged ‘Wacom’

Colouring in without going over the lines at Grove Vale School!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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

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Easy Art Pro Training Aid’s launch.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

 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

Yew Tree School goes tech!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Richard Allport Design technology

The students that were glooped, splodged and blotched during the Make me a Monster workshops, recently followed through with two amazing days of technical learning at Yew Tree School.

They were shown how to take their sketches of monster designs and realise them in full colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets and the phrase “ducks to water” wouldn’t be out of place to describe the results!

These were easily the most eye-popping workshops so far as everyone battled on with new software and hardware and tackled the process of learning something totally new.

The students were nothing short of amazing and the teachers and head of Yew Tree should feel proud of how their school ethos and implementation of ECM ethics were clearly visible with results shining through the images the students produced.

I look forward to seeing some of the completed results in the following weeks and working with Yew Tree School next term.

Many thanks to everyone involved!

Richard Allport 2010

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Make me a Monster wriggles into Yew Tree School!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Richard Allport Yew Tree ICT suite

This week saw the Make me a Monster workshop spread its tentacles into both sites of Yew Tree School with the usual crazy results!

After detailed discussions with Head teacher Mr. Martin and assistants Gail Moore, Lisa Holian, Penny Weston and Tejal Harders, it was decided to run two creative and then technical workshops with the students. The stunning ICT suites kitted out with high end Apple Macs and Wacom graphics tablets at both Yew Tree venues were a testament to the school’s commitment to deliver the very best learning environments to students and teachers alike.

The first creative sessions went brilliantly and, as seems to always be the case, I was staggered at the pupils’ levels of creativity and confidence to try new things. Much fun was had distorting images and photographs of the students themselves and introducing new and innovative approaches to creativity (Including humming at anyone who walked past the lesson! Apologies to anyone who thought there were swarms of bees somewhere!)

Designs of the two democratically voted winners of each day were whisked away by me and rendered in colour (See below) and a certificate of merit will be presented to the pupils and Schools after the half term break.

Richard Allport yew tree monsters

Here’s looking forward to the next technical lessons!

Ps. Many thanks especially to Gail Moore who has been such a great help in organising the workshops.

Richard Allport 2010

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Ferndale Schools’ teachers plug into the Photoshop matrix!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Richard Allport Ferndale Lecture

Around 70 teachers were introduced to the joys of Photoshop and a Wacom graphics tablet today at Ferndale School.

Nigel Edge, school head (I think I may have stolen his parking space) sat in on the lecture and was very encouraged by the results that the teachers come “pupils for the day” created.

It was an interesting change of audience from my point of view too having talked to a few thousand pupils to date; a room of 70 teachers was a bit of an unknown quantity to say the least!  One noticeable difference was the their reluctance to play “Lets all be quiet!” and their lack of fear to my threats of detention!

All in all a great session, and many thanks go out to the IT team who had the nightmare of setting the whole tech side up and then de-rigging it all after. Much appreciated!

I look forward to the coming creativity workshops at Ferndale in this and the following academic terms.

Richard Allport 2010

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Do your creativity a favour…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

wac

Using Wacom graphics tablets will transform your creativity and artistic output. Where a mouse will only click, a tablet and pen will react to pressure sensitivity. Its easily the smartest creative move you could make.

http://www.wacom.eu/index2.asp?pid=294&lang=en&gm=3

Richard Allport 2009

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