Community Day at Manchester Museum.

Despite the inclement weather , over 100  prints were produced as part of the Community Day at Manchester University in June. Artist Alan Birch was base with the team from Manchester Museum , using his portable press to print detailed illustrations. Working from the theme of  The Lost Words By Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris […]

Holcolmbe Brook print.

Year 3 pupils from Holcombe Brook Primary School visited the Whitaker  Museum in Rawtenstall , working from the museum collection and producing prints with Alan Birch. Pupils were shown around the collection producing drawings and engravings of the objects in the collection. Pupils also managed to experiment with relief prints based on plants in the […]

GCSE Printmaking

Over 70 GCSE and A level  students from Ambrose Barlow RC HIGH School in Salford spent a day producing engravings and relief prints to enhance their coursework. Working with tutor Bernadette Furey and printmaker Alan Birch the students used a variety of techniques including chine colle to hopefully improve their grades.

Saintly prints.

Alan Birch worked with asylum seekers at Manchester Museum, introducing them to the world of printmaking. The group who have been following a course at the museum, with the intention of finding employment, produced some excellent work based on Alans work of contemporary saints.

Ramsbottom Relief prints

Alan Birch ran a relief printing course for Bury Adult Education at Ramsbottom Library. The artists , many who had not printed for many years if at all , produced some excellent work. Hopefully other workshops will take place in the summer term. Watch out for details.

New prints at Prospect.

Artists have been busy for the past few months preparing prints for an exhibition at Bury Art Gallery in May. Many artists have been exhibiting their work in numerous venues. Hopefully Peter Cave will be showing in Germany, Cate Ferns showing as part of Green Walk in Whalley Range, Mark Whyatt showing work as part […]

Mezzotint at Prospect Studio

Printmaker Stuart Brocklehurst was guest artist at Prospect Studio , showing regular printmakers the art of Mezzotint. Printmakers spent a weekend developing plates and printing proofs at various stages. The layout intensive process produces sumptuous tonal prints . The plan is for Stuart to visit again later in year. Anyone interested contact Alan.

Plymouth Grove prints

Year 2 and 3 pupils from Plymouth Grove primary School, spent 4 mornings working with artist Alan Birch. The pupils who have been investigating the world of print as part of their coursework based their work on shapes from the wallpaper collection currently on show. Shapes found in the wallpaper of Nikki St Phalle and […]

Exploring print

Small groups of pupils at Leyland Methodist Primary in Preston, worked with artist Alan Birch producing a range of prints. Pupils explored mono printing, relief printing and engraving producing small collections of prints. Hopefully Alan , working in conjunction with The Turnpike in Leigh, will revisit the school in the summer.

The Art of Invention.

Year 3 pupils from St Peters Primary School in Accrington spent a day printing with artist Alan Birch. Pupils based their drawings on the theme of inventions, a subject they have been studying in class. Alan talked about the invention of printing, demonstrating the printing of text and woodcuts, before the pupils produced excellent drawings […]

Cardinal Newman prints.

Students from Cardinal Newman College produced some excellent prints working with artists Alan Birch. Using a portable press brought in by Alan, students produced a wonderful collection of drypoints on perspex, in some cases using collage to enhance their images. Once the plates are engraved students can use the plates to create a unique body of […]

Exploring Goya

international students from Manchester University spent an afternoon working with artist Alan Birch at the Whitworth in Manchester. Artists drew from the works of Goya, before using these drawings to engrave on card plates in the learning studio. Artists engraved their prints and then printed them using water based etching ink and a portable etching […]

Bury prints

As part of the exhibition ” Print-A catalyst for social change ” Printers from Prospect Studio ran a successful programme of workshops covering a wide range of printmaking techniques. Alan Birch showed artists the potential of intaglio and lino cutting whilst other artists looked into monoprinting , gelli printing and relief printing. Prospect printmakers will […]

Year 2 Arctic prints.

Year 2 pupils from St Ketigerns Primary School in Manchester spent a day at the Whitworth in Manchester working with artist Alan Birch. Pupils had been working on the theme of the Arctic and used their knowledge to produce a range of relief prints, inspired by the blues and colours found in the work of […]

Handmade at The Whitworth 2

Members of the Hand Made art group of the Whitworth spent 5 weeks working with printmaker Alan Birch . Using the current exhibitions for inspiration, artists worked on a variety of techniques ranging from collograph and relief prints to lino cuts, engravings and chine college prints. Artists responded to the work of Hogarth producing their […]