Richard Harris Art Collection

During the summer, I visited Richard Harris the art collector in Chicago. Richard has been a collector of art for many years and a selection of his vast collection was exhibited at The Welcome Trust in London a few years ago. He has a particular interest in works highlighting Death and War, and owns works […]

Printing from the garden.

Year 9 pupils from Ashton on Mersey School, spent a day at The Whitworth, drawing and printing with artist Alan Birch. The pupils produced some excellent drawings from the Whitworth garden and later transformed these into engravings  before printing them on a portable printing press. A few pupils added abstract forms from the work of […]

The Lost Words.

During the summer break, visitors to the Manchester Museum produced a range of relief prints based on the book by xxx   . The book which illustrates words which have been omitted from the Children’s Dictionary , provided the starting point for creative activities. Families drew silhouettes of their chosen birds, plants and animals on […]

Printing at the Mela

Visitors to the Manchester Mega  Mela , were able to get creative at the Arts and Crafts Marquee in Platt Fields in July . The annual event saw thousands of visitors take in the music, entertainments and creative activities. Alan Birch was working with Manchester Museum, creating  engravings on the theme of  The Lost Words […]

Queens Mill Prints

Families joined artist Alan Birch at  Queens Street  Mill in Burnley, producing theft own relief prints based on the machinery at the Mill. The Mill which is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill, is open Thursday to Saturday, and children and parents alike used wallpaper to create shapes and patterns found in […]

Forthcoming class dates.

Next class dates are Sunday the 14th July, Monday 15th July and Saturday the 27th, August dates are 3rd, 4th and 5th. Monday classes start again on the 22nd July 6-8.30 pm. Interested parties please contact Alan.

New prints from Prospect

Printmakers have been busy at Prospect Studios. With exhibitions at Bury and in Waterfoot and print fairs at Bury art Gallery and Helmshore Textile Museum, a large number of prints have been made. With some newcomers coming to classes including Jo Morton who journeys down from Berwick, the presses have been worked hard. Here are […]

Student printers.

Students from Manchester Metropolitan University attended classes at Prospect Studio, producing some excellent work. Students were able to experiment with various techniques and media, including etching, aquatint, relief and chine colle. Hopefully more students will develop their work into print.  

Prospect Printers at Bury

30 artists who currently attend printmaking  classes at Prospect Studio in Waterfoot, Lancashire, showed their prints at Bury Art Gallery. The works based on the theme of Pennines and Land covered a range of techniques including etching, aquatint, drypoint, collograph, gelli print, lino and relief printing. For many of the artists this was their first […]

Andean Textile prints.

Members of Handmade produced an extensive amount of prints based on the textiles from the Andes currently on show at the Whitworth. Using patterned and textured wallpapers artists cutout and tore shapes which were then inked and printed at the Whitworth. The group who meet every Friday afternoon get to experience a wide variety of […]

Thomas Holford Prints

Over 50 Year 10 pupils from Bishop Thomas Holford College worked with artist Alan Birch producing engravings and collage prints to enhance their GCSE coursework. Alan brought his portable etching press and water based inks into school and showed his work to pupils. Pupils then used their coursework from which to develop drawings for prints […]

Printing from Andean Textiles

Year 7 pupils from Ullswater College spent a creative morning working with printmaker Alan Birch. Using the current show of Andean textiles as a starting point, pupils produced line drawings based on the patterns and shapes found in the pieces. From these drawings,  pupils produced some colourful and textured prints using wallpaper and water based […]

Handmade printing

Members of the Handmade group who meet on Friday afternoons at the Whitworth in Manchester, have been working with artist Alan Birch, producing some excellent prints. A charity of print techniques have been explored including engravings, based on Manchester buildings, Lino cuts based on the exhibition of the work of John Ruskin, and relief prints […]

African masks.

Year 1 pupils from Twelve Apostles primary school in Leigh , spent a creative morning with printmaker Alan Birch. To  enhance their work on Africa, children looked at the theme of African masks, using textured wallpapers and card to create their own masks. Once pupils cut out their shapes from wallpaper, they inked these and […]

Musical morning

As part of a family day at Touchstones in Rochdale, families were invited to make drawings from 60’s musical equipment. Together with a silent disco, badge making and craft activities, children and their parents were able to spend an entire morning in the museum. For the printing, families produced drawings which they later turned into […]