Workshop Quotes.

Alan hosted a print workshop for us last year, whilst marking our current  GCSE work we were astounded at how many marks the print workshop had helped the pupils to gain. This year Alan worked with our year 10 cohort creating etchings for their component one , we would highly  recommend Alans workshops to any school.

Natalie Shaw . Head of Art. Bishop Thomas Holford College, Altrincham


Thanks so much for this, we’re really looking forward to the workshop. We did an etching workshop with you about two years ago at the Whitworth which was fab and last year I took my own children to Manchester Museum and you were doing this relief printing there (I thought it was fantastic!).

Emma Robertson. Art Teacher  Ullswater School.



Jess and Naz. Co-ordinators. Manchester Academy. Summer School in conjunction with Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. 2016

“Thank you for all your hard work during Summer School! The pupils have absolutely loved working with you.”



Adele Holroyd. Year teacher. Christchurch Primary School, Chadderton

“The children had an enriched opportunity to work alongside a professional Artist.  All our children right from Reception up to Year 6 got to experience the processes of printing with Alan, with amazing results!”

Daniel Firth. Head of Art, St James CE Secondary School.

'The GCSE printmaking workshop day was fantastic. The pupils absolutely loved the session and produced
an outstanding series of prints. It was incredible to think that they got through so many different techniques
 and processes all in one day! Alan really worked with each pupil individually, helping them to realise outcomes
 that were personal to their own project. A thoroughly enjoyable day and I look forward to the next workshop - thanks Alan.'



“Today we learnt to use techniques about printmaking with Alan Birch and Mrs Meaburn. Firstly we did dry-pointing in black and white. I thought it was amazing how we transformed a picture from card to paper, using ink and a special  machine called ‘ The press ‘. If i ever get the chance to to do it again, I would take it!”

Raheem . Year 9 pupil. Werneth School, Romiley, Tameside.

“My son was a visitor at your gallery from Greenfield School. He was very impressed with the work of Pablo Picasso and his print work of the spider. He enjoyed the gallery that much that he encouraged me to come along and have a look ( his mum ). He has now started to look at art and create his own models and drawings. He had no interest before. I feel your gallery has inspired my son to look at art in a different way and I think it looks great.” Thanks for the experience!

G.Barton after son took part in printmaking session at Gallery Oldham.


“I showed the inspectors the binded book as it was good evidence of child led learning. They were impressed. ‘ As part of the printing workshop the children not only learned a new skill but also developed creative thinking and how to work as part of a team. They really enjoyed the experience!’ . ‘The Ofsted inspectors were really impressed by the child initiated learning that took place during project’

( Jenni Steinberg. Year 4 and 5 teacher. Outwood Primary School, Cheadle.

Creative Partnership Project. Spanish Symbols 2010. )

“A super fun experience “. A positive outcome of the visit was working with Alan ”

( St Benedict’s Primary School, Stockport visiting Whitworth Art Gallery 2010. )

“Wow! What a morning, it was exciting and very relevant. Artist had really taken on board our Japanese theme. So really enhanced our topic and printing work.”Some words from children : amazing, brilliant, fascinating, artistic, enjoyable.

( St Anne’s Primary School, Fulshaw visiting Whitworth Art Gallery 2010. )

” The children have loved the printing and particularly enjoyed turning the press and the magic moment when the print was revealed. We are having a print making unit of work after half term and this has really hooked the children in.”

( Puss Bank Primary School, visiting Whitworth Art Gallery 2010. )

” Alan has delivered many wonderful printing workshops for the Grundy Art Gallery. children and young people have learnt traditional and unusual printing techniques and have especially enjoyed experimenting with different ways of making marks. Alan is an exceptional workshop artist, the young people found him affable and the workshop atmosphere to be relaxing and productive. All workshops have kept them fascinated for hours and i look forward to more workshops with Alan!

( Kerry Hunt, education Officer, Grundy Art Gallery. Blackpool. )

Thank you very much for organising the printmaking workshop last week. I just wanted to say how much the children enjoyed it and they ( and the teachers ) were delighted with the high quality work that they got to take away with them. We have made a big display of the wonderful prints that they made. Please pass on my thanks to Alan Birch, his enthusiasm was infectious and the children really enjoyed working with him.”

( Anna Critchley visiting Whitworth Art Gallery 2009. )

The children really enjoyed the printing sessions and the display we will create from the work will brighten up the hall. Thanks again for a great 3 days- you inspired the children and their teachers to try something new!”

( Kay Barrett, Red Lane Primary School, Bolton , Artist in Schools project on Africa and Australia. )

The most positive outcomes of the visit were how well the children drew following the artists input, the enjoyment of the children and the high standard of the work produced. Amazing, spectacular- childrens words.”

( Brookside Primary School, working from American print show at Whitworth Art Gallery 2010.)

” I am writing to say thanks for letting Class 6 go your gallery. Everybody had a fantastic time.My favourite bit of the day was getting my fingers dirty when we had a go of the printing press. The best pictures were the toad, cat and horse.”

( Chantelle Year 6 pupil. Corpus Christi Primary School , Oldham visiting

Oldham Art Gallery 2003 to work from Picasso’s print exhibition. )


“Thanks again for another wonderful workshop, so pleased with the results!”

Vanessa Norwood.

Course Leader

Thanks for a great day printing at the studio , I will use these techniques with students at college! “

Many thanks.

Tutor at Nelson and Colne college

Rachel Rothwell 

“ Thank you so much for having us for the day. It might not have seemed it but it is sometimes hard to hold the class’ attention but you managed it incredibly well and they had a lovely time. We don’t always get as time as we would like to do art justice but they definitely got to do lots on our trip. Thanks again for having us it was a great day. “

Rachel Rothwell

Brittania Primary School, Bacup

Prints produced at Whittaker in Rawtenstall

“ We were all impressed once again with your delivery and engagement with the children.  You really inspired them!  Their artwork was fantastic and a memorable experience for the children to take away! ”

Thank you

Sarah Ackerley

Year 2 teacher. St Kentigerns Primary School after visiting the Whitworth, Manchester.

“ Thank you very much for the time you gave on both days to deliver the workshops to pupils from St Paul’s. It was a fantastic opportunity to work outside the classroom with a local artist to see the printing process in action. The children were engaged from start to finish and the work they produced was fabulous. Thank you for a great day.”


St Paul’s Primary School, Rawtenstall

“ Thanks for coming into Marple High School! We absolutely loved having you and we’re thrilled with theprints the students produced with you. A really successful experience for all, thanks so much again and hopefully see you again soon. ” 

Helen Bowers. Head of Art

“ Thank you so much for the fantastic printmaking workshops you delivered. The students absolutely loved the experience, and produced so much high quality , individual and experimental work for their GCSE coursework. It was a fabulous two days. Thanks again. ”

Nina Drake.

Head of Art. Loreto High School.

“ Thank you for all your hard work during Summer School. The pupils have absolutely loved working with you! 

Jess and Naz.

Manchester Academy after Summer School printing sessions with new Year 7 intake.

“ I really enjoyed it when we all got to make the alphabet and I would really like to print with your rollers again, and the paint and ink! I really liked the mojunk monsters too!” 

Lucy . Class 3 , 

Kettleshulme St James Primary School.

“ Dear Alan. 

Thank you for so much for putting in your time to work with us. I loved printing, it’s amazing how you copy a piece of art without a printer ( electric.). Thanks again.

Evie. Class 3 , Kettleshulme St James Primary School.