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First time printers.

Year 9 pupils from Loreto High School were introduced to the work of Alan Birch, prior to embarking on a lengthy session of printmaking, linked to their  GCSE coursework. Pupils were encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques linked to themes in their work. Their attitude was exemplary and many really grabbed the opportunity […]

Exam Preparation

Pupils from Bishop Thomas Holford School in Altrincham spent a day with printmaker Alan Birch working on a body of prints linked to their GCSE coursework. Using themes of natural forms and food, pupils explored collographs, engravings, chine colle and relief prints, printing with Alan’s portable press and water-based inks. Some pupils completed over 10 […]

Enchanted Woodland.

Year 1 pupils from Greenacres Primary School in Oldham, visited The Whitworth before their Easter break, to look at the collection and explore printmaking for the first time. As part of their topic ” Enchanted Woodland ” they looked at the watercolours and prints in the Cozens and Cozens exhibition. Later the pupils used patterned […]

Age Friendly Printing.

Members of the Age Friendly Art Group at the Whitworth spent two creative afternoons with artist Alan Birch making chine colle engravings and monoprints. The photographic exhibition by John Stezaker,  inspired the  surreal engravings whilst paintings and drawings by Cecily Brown formed the starting point for the monoprints. For the monoprints artists used masterworks from […]

Christie prints.

Prospect printmaker Carolyn Murphy has just completed her large print for the CRHritie hospital I’m Manchester. The prototype for the print was completed at Prospect Studio, with Carolyn refining any obstacles which would occur during the cutting and printing process,.Hot Bed Press provided facilities for the printing of the large print. Congratulations!

Prospect Print News

Printmakers have been busy at Prospect Studio getting prints ready for the forthcoming show at The Whittaker in April. Printmakers will show their work at the venue to coincide with an exhibition by Liam Spencer. The artists are working on the theme of The Pennines. Below is a print by Peter Cave, more will follow […]

John Stezaker Prints

Year 7 boys from Sandbach High School  spent the day at the Whitworth working with Printmaker Alan Birch. They produced some excellent drawings based on the surreal work of John Stezaker. These drawing were later transformed into engravings and enhanced with the addition of collage. The chosen  collages helped to heighten the sense of the surreal. […]

Hester Cox Masterclass.

Regular members of the printmaking classes at Prospect Studio were treated to a masterclass by Hester Cox. Hester who mainly works in the medium of Collograph, spent the weekend showing artist tricks and techniques whilst they produced their own work. Members produced some excellent work, some producing personal pieces whilst others experimented with techniques. Hopefully […]

Hokusai and Volcanoes

Year 6 pupils from St Ambrose Preparatory School in Hale Barns, spent a day producing relief and intaglio prints with artist Alan Birch. Pupils have been looking at the work of Japanese maestro Hokusai alongside volcanoes., and these subjects were used for the prints. Pupils were shown all forms of printmaking, and then produced drawings […]

Blackpool Art Club

Members of Blackpool Art Club spent a busy day when artist Alan birch visited their group. Members engaged themselves fully in printing techniques, producing collographs, drypoints, relief prints and mono printing. Some members were able to print 10 prints during the day, enough to stage their own exhibition.

Printing for the RHS

Teachers from across the North west spent a creative day at The Whitworth in conjunction with the RHS. The schools are working with the RHS to design gardens for the show at Tatton Park in 2018. The gardens will be inspired by artists and designers work, ranging from Damien Hurst to Monet. Teachers were shown […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all printmakers everywhere, and a special thanks to all who attended printing classes during 2017, whether at Prospect Studio, The Whitworth  in schools, colleges and galleries everywhere. Here is St Cupcake to enjoy this festive period.

Prospect Printing.

Keen printmakers braved the freezing temperatures and the threat of snow to complete some excellent prints this weekend. Newcomers produced some great etchings and regulars continued their fine work. Cora a complete beginner showed what can be done in two days working on a theme. She managed etchings, chine collie, aquatints , drypoints, three colour […]

Salford students print.

Alan Birch gave a lecture to degree students at Salford University as part of their printmaking module. Students and staff have been given access to the print collection at Manchester Art Gallery , viewing a series of 100 prints. Artists are to choose a work from the gallery and make their own personal response to […]

Folio Development Day.

Students from Xavarian College spent an insightful day at the Whitworth , being tutored by printmaker Alan Birch, and being advised by degree students on how to apply to degree courses. Top tips were taken on board and some excellent work was produced by the enthusiastic group. Pupils were able to look at there range […]