Learn how to draw a Windmill, the old fashioned kind still found in Denmark. Many artists have been fascinated with their look over the years.
To learn more about the history of windmills, you can go look back to a man named Poul la Cour who grew up on a farm in Djursland, Denmark in the 1850s. He is noted for his early work on wind power which laid the foundation for modern windmill technology and wind power plants found today.
The old fashioned buildings, many of which can still be seen in Denmark, still have a fascinating look which artists have been drawing a painting for hundreds of years. They must have looked pretty modern to them, at one point in time.
- How to Draw a Windmill (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Windmill
- Draw the top dome.
- Add the curved sides below.
- Fill sides with windows, door.
- Draw center circle and large X.
- Add panel attached to each.
- Fill the panels with grid lines.
- Draw background landscaping.
- Fill foreground with flowers.
- Trace with marker and color.
How to Draw a Windmill on a Plate
This clever idea to paint a windmill on a paper plate comes from Dream, Draw, Create.
It’s another great alternative when you don’t have good watercolor paper to work with. I found these uncoated super cheap plates took the color beautifully, and kept all that lovely texture that watercolor paint is known for.
The fact that you could stick these all on a wall with just a little tape, and have a “framed” windmill art show in about 10 minutes is pure genius. Thanks ‘Dream, Draw, Create’!
- How to Draw a Windmill PDF tutorial
- Paper plate, uncoated (the super cheap kind found at your grocer or Costco)
- Black Sharpie marker
- Watercolor paint