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Pedagogical Sketchbook Paperback – June, 1968


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (June 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571086187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571086184
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By ps on March 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is simply great - I recommend it highly to any serious student of art. It is one of the classics of modern art, of interest to artists, teachers, students, theoreticians, historians, and fans of Paul Klee. Pedagogical Sketchbook is the distilled essence of Klee's concepts of art production. Created in 1923 as a teaching tool for his students at the Bauhaus, it was the second of fourteen Bauhaus Books edited by Walter Gropius and L. Moholy-Nagy. First published in England in 1953 and the United States in 1960, it has been an important influence on generations of practicing artists and theoreticians.

An abstraction of his ideas on teaching and creating art, it can sometimes be difficult to follow, since it assumes that some narrative and examples will be added during classes. However, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy writes a narrative introduction that explores Paul Klee's aesthetic ideas related to teaching, and a concluding note with brief suggestions as to how the sketchbook can be used for teaching or artistic research.

Titled " Initial Plan for a Section of the Theoretical Instruction at the German Bauhaus", this book is a set of working notes that are the basis for art instruction at the Bauhaus - you can almost see Paul Klee presenting the ideas in a class. Beginning with the primary graphic element of a point moving forward to create a line, it is a course on how to make art based on Klee's deeply considered artistic process. It consists of step-by-step lessons, with abstract written concepts that analyze artistic process, and drawings that are examples of how those ideas can be put into practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wolfwerk on August 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
Basic introduction to composition in art is simple but deep, I use this to illustrate nearly every operable principle in art to those who care to listen. How sad the only new copies must be bought from Britain. We are becoming an art-illiterate society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artist Bill on March 20, 2013
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Required reading for every art and art history student Every artist who thinks about teaching can begin here. If the history of art is about visual ideas, this book is a foundation for what came next.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Smith on April 17, 2011
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This is a very small book, consisting mainly of diagrams. In my opinion, it is much like a power point presentation: you would have had to have been there. No doubt of much use to the student attending the Bauhaus when Klee taught there, I can only quote the dedication on the title page of my second-hand copy 'Finished with dismay on 10-16-64'.
Obviously created with much care and labor, I missed any message that the author has to give. In view of the beautiful art that this man produced, I end with the feeling that my confusion is due to my insufficiency rather than his.
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Methodological conceptualization of Klee's artistic process supplemented with practical illustrations. The book begins with the most primary elements and progresses through successively more complex forms.
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