Lockdown Prompt Week 1

For the first weekly WMCollege Drawing and Painting prompt we will be Looking out the Window! Artists have often used windows as an opportunity to frame their view of the world. You can use just a pen or pencil or venture in to colour if you have paints of coloured pencils available. Don’t worry about using special paper, even a sketch on the back of an envelope is a piece of art!

Try first drawing the frame of the window, fill the paper you are using or the whole page of a sketchbook. Make the window as big as possible! 

Notice the structure of the window. What are the shapes on the frame? Can you see the wood grain? How many panes of glass are there? Can you see any fastenings or hinges?  

Once you have drawn the frame then turn your attention to what you can see through the window. Make sure you draw wat you can see, not what you know is there. If an object is cut off by the frame notice at what point that happens, halfway up the frame? Or near the bottom? If you can see plants or foliage notice the texture of the growth, do not just fill it in with scribbles, try and make your marks in the same pattern as the plant. Pointy leaves need pointy marks. 

Lots of artists have used the window as starting point for their art. Here are some examples to inspire this weeks work.

Pierre Bonnard. The Window 1918-1920
Raoul Dufy Open Window at Saint-Jeannet c.1926–7
Anthony Eyton Open Window, Spitalfields 1976–81

If you would like to share you work with others please send an image to annas@wmcollege.ac.uk and we will include it in next weeks posts.

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