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A&A art print: respond and connect: Albrecht Durer, The Young Hare, 1502.

"The new art must be based upon science--in particular, upon mathematics, as the most exact, logical, and graphically constructive of the sciences." Albrecht Durer

MAIN VISUAL ART CONCEPTS: Line * Texture * Value * Contrast

TECHNIQUES: Fine line drawing, watercolor washes, transparent and opaque water media

ETYMOLOGY: The color of a European Hare is sometimes described as "rufous." Rufous means "reddish-brown" and comes from the Latin root, "rufus," meaning "red." And, guess what rhymes with rufous? Doofus! Why does that seem to inspire a silly poem?

ART MATERIAL: Gouache (pronounced "gwash") is a water-based paint that is more opaque than watercolor.

SYMBOLS & SIGNATURES: This is Albrecht Durer's monogram. How would you design a monogram of YOUR name?

ART HISTORY: Albrecht Durer was an artist of genius proportions who lived in Germany and Northern Europe during the Renaissance. He made significant contributions to the advancement of drawing, painting and especially printmaking.

ZOOLOGY: A baby rabbit is called a "kitten," and born completely hairless. A baby hare is called a "leveret," and born covered with hair.

* Rabbits live underground. Hares live above ground.

* Rabbits eat soft grass and vegetables. Hares eat bark, roots and twigs.

* Rabbits live in colonies. Hares are solitary.

* Rabbits stay the same color all year. Hares change colors as the seasons change.

* The back legs and ears of hares are much longer than those of rabbits.

SCIENCE: Other animals described as rufous: the great rufous woodcreeper (South America), the rufous hummingbird (North America), the rufous owl (Australia), and the rufous hare-wallaby (Australia). There are more!

LANGUAGE ARTS: Recommended reading for younger grades: The Tortoise and the Hare, from Aesop's Fables. For older grades: the classic, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

YOUNG ARTISTS: Albrecht Durer's genius was recognized early on when he drew this self-portrait at age 13. He wrote in the upper right-hand corner sometime later, "This I have drawn from myself from the looking-glass, in the year 1484, when I was still a child."

DESIGN THINKING: In The Three Hares motif, three hares are running in a circle. Each has two ears, but together, they only have three ears to share, rather than six total. The three ears form a triangle, and each hare shares an ear with its neighbor. Depictions of The Three Hares can be found dating back to ancient times and in cultures throughout the world.

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Date:Oct 1, 2016
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