Dive into Drama: Unravelling the Secrets of Millais' Ophelia

Jan 15, 2024

John Everett Millais's Ophelia is a masterpiece that has captivated audiences for generations. The painting's haunting beauty, intricate detail, and tragic subject matter have made it a touchstone of Victorian art and beyond. But what makes this image so powerful? And how can we learn from Millais's dramatic style to create our own captivating artwork?

Join us on January 11th, 2024, from 10 am to 12 pm (GMT) for an online workshop led by artist Helen Woodford, where we'll delve into the secrets of Ophelia.

Through close examination of the painting, we'll explore:

The use of symbolism and allegory: Discover how Millais uses flowers, clothing, and other elements to tell a story and convey emotions.

Masterful composition and colour theory: Learn how Millais guides the viewer's eye and creates a sense of drama through light and shadow.

Capturing emotion in portraiture: Analyse Ophelia's expression and understand how Millais portrays her inner turmoil.

No prior experience is necessary! This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about art history, improve their drawing and painting skills, or simply get inspired by a stunning work of art.


This live workshop will be recorded and available for two weeks after the session, so you can rewatch and practice at your own pace.

For this class, you'll only need pencil crayons, making it an accessible and affordable way to experiment with Millais's dramatic style.

And the best part? This workshop is included as part of the Create! Art Hub online membership. For just £19 a month, you'll get access to this workshop, live skills courses, and much more, including:

A vast library of on-demand art classes and workshops covering various styles and mediums.

Two live art classes a month with Helen

A supportive community of fellow art enthusiasts to share your work and get feedback.

Don't miss this chance to delve into the world of Millais's Ophelia and unlock your own artistic potential!

Click here to book your spot in the workshop for £15: https://www.createartschool.co.uk/offers/w54dooiQ/checkout

Or join the Create! Art Hub membership for just £19 a month and access this workshop, plus a treasure trove of other resources: https://www.createartschool.co.uk/art-hub

Let's explore the drama, symbolism, and technical mastery of Millais's Ophelia together!

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