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Pedagogical Sketchbook: Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy [Paperback]

Paul Klee , Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
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1 Jan 1973
'One of the most famous of modern art documents - a poetic primer, prepared by the artist for his Bauhaus pupils, which has deeply affected modern thinking about art . . . This little handbook leads us into the mysterious world where science and imagination fuse.' Observer

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (1 Jan 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571086187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571086184
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Walter Gropious prodigy 12 April 2013
Paul Klee the author and artist wrote this book between the wars last century. Much of his ouvre was abstract or sureal. His pedagogic sketch book simplifies the mechanics of visual comunication on a two dimensional surface. Tone, weight, movement and perspective are his cues for the chapters in the book. It is a small book but speaks volumes to me. It may seem odd but because I simply copied many of his sketches I understood it and still find it's precepts entirely relevant to my own creations. PS I may be wrong about the publishing dates but not by much. Walter Gropious was principle at the Bauhous when Paul Klee was a master there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 11 Mar 2014
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Exactly what I hoped for. Arrived promptly and was completely as expected. I'm very happy with this purchase and it will be useful for my course
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating background to Klee.. 3 Mar 2014
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This a is a good backup addition to the Klee exhibition catalogue and a helpful demonstration of Klee's ideas for teaching purposes.
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It is a pedagogical sketchbook, quite technological, and it is exactly as it was published in 1968. I would have liked a preface from the publisher to give some background information / to help positioning this book related to the others in Bauhaus and giving it a "perspective". This is the reason I gave it only 4 stars. (In case the reader is not a student but a hobbyist / researcher.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book 13 Mar 2006
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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.

Although it was based on the then-current 2D graphic arts of painting, drawing, and printmaking, it is also valuable for current artists working in time based and interactive forms since it considers aesthetics and structure as the result of process. In a relatively short space, it investigates a wide range of practical and conceptual approaches to art making, from line, to plane, to structure and composition, to materials, physics, symbols, and motion. Its well-considered concepts enable artists of any aesthetic persuasion to apply its ideas and lessons to their own work. It requires concentration to understand, but it is truly worth the effort.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading 20 Mar 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars introduction to composition in art is simple but deep 29 Aug 2014
By Wolfwerk - Published on Amazon.com
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool 1 July 2003
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I found this book to be a wonderful tool, once understood... and that may take some time!!
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