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Prints of nature.

Year 5 pupils from St Kentigerns Primary School in Manchester, lifted their spirits working with artist Alan Birch in conjunction with the Whitworth in Manchester. The pupils looked at resident wildlife, including trees, birds, animals and insects. Some sleepy and crestfallen pupils turned up the day after Englands loss in the Euros, but soon rallied […]

Morris prints

Pupils from Our Lady and St Anselms Primary school in Whitworth spent a creative day working with Alan on the theme of William Morris. Pupils looked at the work of Morris , producing drawings of the shapes found in his work. These natural forms were then engraved into card plates and printed using a portable […]

Collograph prints

As artists return to Prospect Studios to develop their work into print, a collograph session was organised to demonstrate the flexibility and creative freedoms afforded by the technique. Artists spent one day creating their plates and the second day printing the plates. The theme for the prints was landscape and some excellent , dynamic prints […]

Artists return.

Over the last two weeks, printers have returned to work at Prospect Studio. Small groups wearing PPE have been producing some wonderful prints. Etchings, drypoints and relief prints have been produced with artists showing their creativity. The sessions also saw Gracie a GCSE pupil, printing her skeleton . Its great to have them back. prints […]

Return to print

It was great to return to the classroom, working with pupils from St Peters RC Primary School in Waterfoot. Year 5 pupils produced some excellent relief prints based on the African artist Angu Walters. Hi Alan, thank you for your wonderful and kind feedback.The children loved your workshop this afternoon and created such unique pieces […]

Monsters in Lockdown

Recent prints produced in response to the current pandemic, shows how a range of monsters past and present, spent their period of lockdown. Household chores, gardening and home schooling, activities and behaviour only too familiar to us, fill their time as they are forced to social distance and stay at home! The series employs a […]

Bridestones Revisited.

Artist Maria Murtagh has been busy creating a whole series of collograph prints based on the Bridestones rock formations outside Todmorden. Maria from Todmorden has been using a whole host of materials for her plates . Plywood, mount board and aluminium have been employed together with carborundum, gesso, PVA, wallpaper and adhesive tapes to create […]

Sugar lift sessions.

A select group of printers at Prospect Studio spent a day working on the process of sugar lift. The method whereby varying tonal areas are created by opening up a pre-aquatinted plate with the use of hot water, was employed by Picasso, Roualt and more recently William Kentridge. Some excellent prints were produced by Carolyn […]

Cool collographs.

Members of Prospect print group produced some excellent collographs , using a wide variety of media. Plywood, aluminium, mount board, and old 45 inch singles were used as plates with a host of material used to construct their plates. Carborundum, tape, gesso, wallpaper, emulsion, and found objects were employed to open up a varied visual […]

Landscape Abstraction.

For the final session of the Handmade art group run in conjunction with The Whitworth, artists looked at the work of Roger Hilton and Kandinsky. Personal photographs were used to base their abstract pieces on, using acrylics and watercolour. Short videos were used to show how forms and shapes in landscape can be broken up […]

Festive prints.

Members of the Handmade Art Group at the Whitworth , produced their own original Christmas Cards with artist Alan Birch. The zoom sessions featured short videos and instructions, followed avidly by artists at home. Some excellent works were produced as usual.

The return of Print.

Printers have returned in restricted numbers to Prospect, following stringent restrictions. Collograph , etching and relief prints have flown off the press as artists print their editions. Good to see them back!

Homemade Handmade with the Whitworth.

More printmaking sessions took place over Zoom with over 10 artists producing lino prints and texture prints. The quality of the work was as usual; exceptional.

Good to be back!

Year 7 pupils from Bedford High School produced some amazing tonal engravings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Turnpike. It was a great feeling to be back in the classroom.

Polyprinting with Handmade with the Whitworth

For the second Handmade session with the Whitworth, artists worked at home with poly print to produce expressive prints. Once again brilliant work by all.