Seniors Social: John William Waterhouse

Woman wearing a red dress sat at a loom next to a window with her hands behind her head

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) " 'I am half sick of shadows,' said The Lady of Shalott" (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott, Part II) 1915
oil on canvas, 100.3 x 73.7. Gift of Mrs. Philip B. Jackson, 1971 © 2005 Art Gallery of Ontario


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Seniors Social: John William Waterhouse

Wednesday, June 30, 2 pm
Seniors Social: John William Waterhouse

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for our free virtual Seniors Social program, a live biweekly series that combines conversations with art and art making.The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.

In this portrait by John William Waterhouse, he depicts the Lady of Shalott (the heroine of Lord Tennyson's tragic poem) in a key moment of the narrative where she's about to break free from a curse that had her stuck in a tower weaving all day. Given that many of us (also stuck at home) can likely relate these days to this protagonist, we'll engage in the meticulous art of paper quilling and work together to create portraits of ourselves on the cusp of change. You can take a look at other Portraits of Resilience for some inspiration.

Please have paper/ quilling paper / colour paper cut into strips and glue ready to make art together.


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Closed captioning is available in this recording.

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