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Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit

During the past week we were inspired by the Year of the Rabbit while celebrating Lunar New Year.

Rabbits have been a favorite subject throughout art history in China, Greece, Egypt, Japan, and during the Middle Ages in Illuminated Manuscripts and Medieval tapestries. One of the most famous depictions of a rabbit in the history of European art is the painting “Young Hare” by Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1502 during the Dutch Golden Age. They continued to be featured throughout the Renaissance. Today they are most closely associated with Beatrix Potter's children's books, Alice in Wonderland or holiday chocolates.

We looked at images of rabbits through the ages and in various poses before doing sketches that would be interpreted into their final mixed media pieces. It was the first time that they used large graphite pencils for the initial drawings and then applied their choice of color with oil pastels, paint sticks and markers to create their interpretations ranging from classical to contemporary.