Drawing a View through a Window

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Drawing a view through a window is a challenging task but there is something rewarding about trying to capture what you can see through each pane of glass or section.  When you start, lots of decisions are going to be made.  Which window has a good view? Where are you going to sit?  Are you going to draw any of the inside, or just the window frame and outside?

Your task today is to draw a view through a window.  First look at these inspiring examples.  The artists below have all drawn a view through a window.

‘Juniper Cottage’ is by an unknown artist. (Which means nobody knows who’s created it.)  It has a lovely cosy feel to it with roses around the window and comfortable cushions to sit on.  I love the shadows of the roses on the wall.

‘Juniper Cottage’ Artist Unknown.

Todd Mrozinski (below) is an American artist interested in natural elements, shadows and his immediate environment.  He has more window drawings on his website, just click on his name to see more.  He tells me they were part of a series created in 2016 after a year-long residency in Milwaukee. “The series was a way for me to reconnect with my home and surroundings.”

‘Bathroom Window View’ by Todd Mrozinski

Drawing consistently from a young age, Austen Pinkerton (below) is a British artist and architect.  The beautiful artwork below shows a wood at night viewed through a window.  Pinkerton often uses hatching and cross-hatching in his work.

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‘Moonlight Through Open Window’ Austen Pinkerton

The drawing below titled ‘Out the Kitchen Window’ is by American artist Marlene Chapin.  It has a wonderfully layered quality to it –  the pots on the windowsill, the trees and then the buildings behind.  She states that this pencil drawing was part of a series that was… “Inspired by the recent move of a couple in their eighties, leaving their home after sixty years.”

The drawing below is by an unknown artist.  When you look closely you can see that this detailed drawing also includes stippling/pointillism in places.

‘View from the House of Henry Brisco Thomas’ artists unknown

Now it’s your turn to draw a view from a window.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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    • A pleasure. And a big thank you to the artists above who were happy for me to use their work as good examples.

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