Printmaking Primary Schools

Recent projects since Easter, have included a project with Bishop Billsborrow School in Moss Side, in conjunction with Creative Partnerships which involved working with all staff and pupils at the school, to create four volumes of prints to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the school prior to their move to a new site in Moss Side. Pupils illustrated both their and past memories of the school and the books included their works and poetry. Prints were also produced in conjunction with the Start 09 exhibition of pupils work at Mid Pennine in Burnley. Alan Birch worked with around 600 children in 7 schools in the Burnley region, working on relief and intaglio prints. Other residencies have included Chatsworth School in Salford and High Elms School in Bury.


” Students ( and Staff! ) were totally engaged, enthralled even. Gradually, beautiful pictures emerged, as if by magic, each one unique and special. What a sense of achievement they all experienced and shared! There was a real “community” feel to the workshops. Alan was great with all the students, seeming to tune into their individual needs while still offering them a creative and technical challenge, students responded to him with trust and a willingness to work just outside their comfort zone. ( Margaret Meredith, art teacher Chatsworth School, Salford. )

” Alan worked with our pupils who all have special needs on a printing project. We printed highly textured and eye catching Eid cards to sell in our gallery as part of a Community Cohesion project. The pupils were mesmerised as bits of wallpaper and silver card were transformed into beautiful prints! ( Rose Holt. Art teacher Elms Bank School, Bury, Lancs. )