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Linda Birch – (Drawing, Painting, Illustration)


One of our country’s most treasured illustrators, based in Co Durham.

A very versatile Tutor – and one of our most popular and experienced with Adult learning over many years. Has a gentle and sympathetic approach to encourage you on your journey.

Worked with the legendary Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate on the children’s programmes The Clangers & Bagpuss. Her work also included Charlie and the Witch and Pogle’s Wood (check YouTube for clips!).

Linda writes for the art press regularly.

We have also developed occasional Art Retreat type courses now with Linda as well, which seek to reinforce the links between the visual and elements like feelings, thinking and relating to life.
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“Linda is an outstanding, widely knowledgeable, skilled and very supportive tutor.”
“Wonderful tutor individual and group help.”
“The course, as usual with Linda, was excellent, varied and exciting and full of tips and encouragement.”
“Another great time at Higham with your best tutor. Plenty of tips from Linda and one to one tuition.”
“Great course, Great tutor, Fab food, Excellent”
“Enjoyed the course very much & my stay at Higham. The food remains excellent, and all the staff are most welcoming and helpful. I look forward to my next visit…”
“Excellent & thorough teaching and such a fun week. Wonderful tutor.”A great combination of superb artistic input and subject matter. A warm open group in which I felt very welcomed and acceptedVery inspiring course. I did some work I was astonished of! New ideas, insights both into climate change and as an artist.Wasn’t sure what to expect but it was an excellent two courses. Full of information and ideas. Thank you for putting it on.”
“Very talented artist who is patient, encouraging and generous”.



December 2021


December 10th at 18:30 to December 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Winter landscapes can look glorious under certain weather conditions and light. This course will look at the colour effects of sunrise and sunset under winter conditions. Additions of easily acquired texturing materials will be used to achieve stunning effects. Linda Birch (Co Durham www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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January 2022


Wednesday January 26, 2022 at 18:30 to Sunday January 30, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Painting Retreat: Artist (Linda) and a Theologian (Trevor) will offer artistic guidance and illustrated talks, respectively, as an enriching foundation to stimulate your creative juices. Look at ways in which various artistic traditions have engaged imaginatively with a sense of the human future, through different interpretations: representational, imaginative and even abstract. Explore how we can represent in painting our own understanding of our world's radical changes and their impact on humanity. Linda Birch (www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Trevor Pitt (www.highamhall.com/trevor-pitt) Residential: £445…

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