Posts Tagged ‘Yew Tree School’

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

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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

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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

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

Something from “nothing”…

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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

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

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

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