During the months of June and July 2012, Alan Birch worked with over 400 secondary pupils in a number of schools within Tameside, Manchester , Bolton and Salford. Pupils explored a wide range of print techniques, including drypoint, chine colle, collage, chine collie, relief printing and mono printing. Themes explored were self, identity, mexico day of the [...]
Chris and Lorraine Waites, etching class stalwarts for 20 years are currently showing their work at the Malt Bar in Bury. They have over around 30 works on display at the venue and have sold around 15. Its a great exhibition showcasing their talents and is not to be missed. A Pop along , view [...]
To celebrate the completion of their investigation into the world of print. year 3 pupils from Totley Primary School in Sheffield spent a day working with printmaker Alan Birch. Pupils, teachers and artists braved the snowy weather to complete their work.The pupils had already researched the work of Guttenberg, Berwick amongst others and created relief [...]
To celebrate the opening of the new display ” Natures Library ” at Manchester Museum, Alan Birch spent a day printing with families . Children took their inspiration from the natural world, and printed silhouettes of natural forms onto shaped leaves. Participants printed two copies, one to take home, and one to add to the [...]
Alan Birch has been working with curator Martyn Lucas at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh in conjunction with an exhibition of prints by Gillian Ayres from the Alan Cristea Gallery in London. The vivid, life affirming prints have inspired both primary and secondary pupils to produced colourful relief prints. so far over 250 pupils have [...]
The prints of Gillian Ayres will be on display at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh for April and May. This life affirming show features over 40 works on paper from the Alan Cristea Gallery in London. Gillian who is best known for her vivid, painterly abstract paintings is still working well into her 80′s and [...]
Feel inspired to print ? Pop along with family members for free printing workshops inspired by Blake at John Rylands on Deansgate. Workshops take place on 5th and 11th April. All welcome.
Families used their artistic skills and imagination to produce prints at Manchester Museum inspired by the Breeds exhibition. The show which has a week left to run features 6 breeds of pedigree dogs and these breeds featured in relief prints and intaglio prints. The colourful relief prints made from wallpaper showed dogs wearing items of [...]
A dedicated bunch of artists spent the Easter weekend in the Whitworth Art Gallery, producing a copious body of prints ranging from dry points and mono prints to collographs. Using the work of John Piper as inspiration some rich inky dry points and mono prints were produced and vivid sensual collographs. Enough work was produced [...]
Over the Easter holidays, Alan Birch will be running printing workshops At Manchester Museum . The workshops will use as their starting point, the current exhibition Breeds, looking at the world of Pedigree dogs. Families will be asked to print colourful dog silhouette prints and also to create dog people on intaglio prints. The workshops [...]
Over 40 students from Blackburn College recently visited Prospect Studio to view the work of Alan Birch. Liam Spencer and Jill Randall. Pupils toured the studios, gleaning career advice from the artists and asking relevant questions for their course.
In March 2013 Alan Birch led a series of printmaking workshops for adults at John Rylands Library in Manchester. Using the work of William Blake, artists engraved copper plates and later hand coloured some drypoints. Some excellent prints were produced and would not look out of police next to the Blakes. Alan Birch will be [...]
Pupils from the Blessed Thomas Holford School in Altrincham spent the day trying out print techniques with artist Alan Birch. BTEC pupils worked on a variety of collograph and dry points, whilst Year 10 pupils experimenterd with drypoints. Themes were landscape and images inspired by other cultures. An excellent body of work was produced which [...]
Pupils from the sixth form and GCSE classes spent a day printing with Alan Birch at school. Studies from sketchbooks were used to create collographs, dry points and chine collie images. These prints will be used to compliment GCSE coursework and A Level work.
Alan Birch worked with members of Blackpool Art Society to produce a range of images using a variety of print techniques. Members were introduced to collograph, perspex drypoint, chine collie and card engraving during a busy day. Artists worked tirelessly throughout the day, many completing over 6 prints.