Art Workshop – An Introduction to Print Making with Alan Birch
The session will start with Alan Birch showing a range of prints, created using different print processes. He will then demonstrate basic dry-point techniques, and participants will create their own dry-point print, working through a series of prints. After lunch, Alan will give a further demonstration of dry-point processes and participants will produce further dry-points prints. This will be followed by a demonstration of the Relief Printing Process, using a variety of textured wallpapers. Again, participants will create their own prints. The workshop will close with a summary and a review of prints made. Participants are welcome to bring their own landscape images or sketchbooks if they so wish.
Alan Birch is an artist working out of Prospect Studios in Waterfoot, Lancashire. He works predominantly in print, but has worked with a variety of other media including drawing, metal and digital images. His work is imbued with his own unique sense of humour, offering a personal view on the contemporary world. Recent work includes a series of 83 etchings strongly influenced by Goya’s Disasters of War, illustrating the horrors of armed conflict. He recently showed a collection of contemporary saints at The John Ryland’s Library in Manchester and at West Yorkshire Print workshop in Mirfield, Yorkshire. Birch is also a committed educator, running regular print workshops in his studio, in schools and galleries, and more recently in Manchester hospitals as part of the Culture Arts programme. Since January, he has worked in Accrington Academy, Oulder Hill Community School and with members of the African Caribbean Carers Group in Hulme, Manchester Hospitals. He also runs regular workshops in the Whitworth Art Gallery and Touchstones for families, primary and secondary children, and adult groups.