August 12, 2020
A fascinating chat with Heledd Wyn, who is passionately creative and likes to shake her students' ideas up to get them really thinking about what filmmaking can be.
Heledd is a passionate and experienced director and producer of dramatic stories and creative content for film and television and a multi disciplinary visual artist. She has worked in the film and tv industry and within education, gaining a reputation for delivering a diverse range of quality projects. Her visual work, including photography and paintings have exhibited widely.
She is a freelance film maker and creative practitioner.
Heledd is workshop leader as a film maker and visual artist and has collaborated on many visual outputs, screenings, exhibitions and instillations.
Her research has led to being a member of The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and the Media Music and Drama Research Group at the University of South Wales.
She is a board member of BAFTA Cymru and Women in Film and TV.
Creative Nugget - 2 foleys artists go bonkers in the 70s and smash things up to make sound for film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OONaPcZ4EAs
July 29, 2020
Guy O'Donnell talks to me about creative learning through movement, and how his work supports the fundamental right of anyone from any background to engage with, and respond to, art and culture.
Guy works for the National Dance Company Wales
...and is also project coordinator for Get The Chance
Creative Nugget - behold as a Massive Attack tune is performed electronically using actual vegetables...
April 16, 2020
Rhian Hutchings, Creative Director of Operasonic, tells me about how opera is an artform that connects with people in a direct and visceral way, as well as a powerful and accessible tool for creative learning and engagement in communities and in education. Also examples of some marvellous projects in the Lead Creative Schools Scheme.
Operasonic - www.operasonic.co.uk
RESEO - a unique European network for arts education and creative learning with a specific focus on opera, music and dance - www.reseo.org
Creative Nugget - Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" - search your app store!
March 29, 2020
This episode of the CLP is blinkin' fascinating. Goes right to the heart of why creativity is really super important, Sara helped me think more clearly on creativity in relation to mental health, anxiety, being allowed to make mistakes, and the double-edged sword of digital technology.
Sara's website: artmatterstorfaen.wixsite.com/2020
And here are the christmas lectures that were talked about:
John Cleese on Creativity:
"when people laugh, they can change their minds"
March 29, 2020
OK, episode 2 of the CLP with the extremely multifacted, experienced and defintitely creative Stephen Rowley:
This week's Creative Nugget is about an article called "A Rallying Cry to End the Overwhelm of Toys". Slightly embarrassed that I can't even find the article on Google now! But if you do Google that article name you'll find all sorts of thoughts and reflections on the effect of 'too many toys'.
Stephen mentioned a book called Use Your Head, although after the episode, he described it as it is 'rather outdated now, but revolutionary at the time'. Still, definitely looks worth checking out...
Stephen also says: There is some great stuff about Right Brain thinking. The classic book is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Aimed at artists originally, but I have used her techniques will all kinds of people in personal development training. It trains you to get into right brain mode, something useful whenever you need to be creative.
Stay safe, and stay tuned. Next episode is a doozy...
March 29, 2020
Welcome to the Creative Learning Podcast episode 1, with me Alex Rees. In this episode I talk to radio ninja Russell Prue who has some excellent insights into the nature of creative learning. I'll let the episode speak for itself, but here are the links for all the good wholesome creative learning juju mentioned in the episode.
This episode's Creative Nugget (tm?) is a reminder of the salubrious wit and wisdom of creative learning guru Ken Robinson. Even if you've experienced his Ted talks before, it's time for a refresher - go here to find out: Are Schools Killing Creativity?
Russell Prue - Broadcaster, Author and Educator:
Brief Biog: Russell designs and hand-builds Live Education Radio Stations for Schools all over The World. Using his experiences as a Workshop Provider, Creative Practitioner and Conference Speaker, Russell has a very special and unique combination of skills. He regularly speaks at Conferences on the topics of Social Media, Creativity in the Classroom, Using New Technologies and Safeguarding. In between these engagements, you’ll find him building and installing radio stations. Russell also has a 24/7 Live Internet Radio Station that he uses to showcase his work with Young People and to bring wider attention to major Learning Events.
Hope you enjoy the podcast! Get in touch:
March 6, 2020
A new pod that seeks to celebrate and learn about the power of CREATIVE LEARNING.
How can we educate ALL our young people in a way that stimulates, enthuses, engages?
Join me as I explore creative learning ideas with creative learning wizards!