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Drawing a View through a Window

By The Arty Teacher - March 26, 2020

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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14 responses to “Drawing a View through a Window”

  1. marina says:

    a teacher sometimes are more important even than parent; because they show people the way how to achieve their goals and dreams… and your really know how to do it!

  2. Hasnain chaudary says:

    I need to write a paragragh of 400 to 500 words on a scene that we can see through the window.
    The scene is that we are seeing the flowers of roses mostly and others too. I don’t know what to write. Help me please

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi Hasnain, Are you asking me to do your homework? It is probably not a good idea to ask a teacher to do your homework! Why not do it yourself? You might learn something. Why not find a picture on the internet to inspire you. Just right what you see and feel. Imagine what you hear and smell. Think what things feel like to touch.

  3. This is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking assignment. The examples are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Manahil says:

    What about moving sceneries

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi Manahil, Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure I know what you mean exactly. Perhaps you mean like a view from a train window?

  5. Janet Ferry says:

    I love those window drawings so much. I’ve been procrastinating about drawing the view from our window over the park in Newcastle since lock down, but keep putting it off! I have been slowly acquiring paper, pencils, rubber and sharpener in the post. The reason is what I see in my mind’s eye and the rubbish disappointment it will be!
    One question is, do those artists use a ruler to start with? E.g. for the windows as I don’t think I have a steady hand.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Janet Ferry
    Newcastle Upon Tyne

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Thanks for your comment. I don’t think the artists would use a ruler. Rules lines always look like ruled line rather than a drawing! If you think you’ll struggle, rule a really faint line and then draw it over the top.

  6. Lee Costello says:

    I”m not very high tech how do I mail this to students?

    Lee Ann Costello K-12 Art teacher

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi Lee, All you need to do is copy the link to the blog post, paste it into an email and send it to your students. They will then be able to click on it and see the blog post. I hope that helps. Sarah

  7. Angie Yarano says:

    Thank you so very much for the wonderful ideas!

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      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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