Students’ exhibition marks 50 years of John McCombs’ masterclasses

FIFTY YEARS of master classes by talented local artist John McCombs are being celebrated at a special exhibiton this summer.

John McCombs at one of his indoor classes

Award-winnig artist John, who lives in Delph, is nationally recognised for his iconic landscape and figure paintings.

He also teaches art to adults, and started his classes back in 1967 when John came to Saddleworth after leaving St Martin’s School of Art in London.

Many of his students have become professional artists, and John has mentored young people who have gone on to study at art colleges such as the Slade.

Now, in recognition of fifty years since these master classes began, his current class members are putting on an exhibition at Saddleworth Museum and Art Galley on July 22 to September 3.

Some of the class at an outside lesson at Larkhill

The exhibition will feature figure and landscape works, and the gallery will be open daily from 1pm to 4pm. Admission free to the gallery.

The class meets on Tuesday evenings from September to May at Saddleworth School to paint and draw from clothed models.

From June to late August they paint outdoors in various places around Saddleworth, with favourite venues including Heights, Chew Valley, Delph village and Larkhill.


One Reply to “Students’ exhibition marks 50 years of John McCombs’ masterclasses”

  1. Does John still give lessons to adults? My son (now an adult of 40) lives in Denshaw and is currently suffering from depression. He was always very good at art at school and I wondered if art would be a way of lifting him from his depression?

    Kind regards, Janey

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